Victoria Vox (2)
Victoria Vox (2)
Vox went on to study music— songwriting in particular— at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) where she earned her degree in 2001. Shortly after stints in Nashville and London, Vox moved back in with her mom and began to tour across the US, singing at cafés and street-corners.
In 2003, Vox was given a ukulele and she fell in love with it’s limitations and simplicity. This lead to a more playful and melodic approach to her songwriting. As she continued to tour, ukulele-in-hand, the demand for a ukulele album grew. Vox recorded her debut uke album, “Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea”, in 2005 and toured Hawaii just before it’s official release in 2006. While in Hawaii, she landed an ‘ukulele sponsorship with KoAloha Ukuleles, which became the the tipping point to her becoming a household name at Ukulele Festivals around the world.
Vox is an award winning songwriter — including for songs she has written in French— (Independent Music Awards, 6-time WAMMIE winner, International Acoustic Music Awards, ADDYS, and has also donated songs to causes like the American Asbergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation. Her music has been used in indie films and featured on NPR's "To the Best of Our Knowledge".
Vox’s infectious pop-folk-jazz style has earned her fans who truly appreciate her art. She has fan-funded several albums and a songwriting project, where Vox hunkered down in 2012 to write a song a week for the year. The “52 Original Song Project” was preceded in 2011 with a YouTube “52 Cover Song Project” where she learned and memorized 52 cover songs.
In addition to her songwriting and ukulele playing, Vox has received praise for her “invisible” instrument: The Mouth Trumpet. She was invited to blow her own horn on the Jay Leno Show in 2009 and in 2015, Vox was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal as a leader in the mouth trumpet “revival” and performed live on air on KMOX’s Charlie Brennan show. She employs her mouth trumpet during musical breaks at her live shows and also includes it on her studio recordings, along with the real trumpet (which she also plays).
Vox now resides in Baltimore, MD and continues to tour to Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and across the US. Her 9th album, “When the Night Unravels” was released in January 2015.
Awards and Achievements
Cover of Ukulele Magazine, Spring 2015
Front Page The Wall Street Journal feature for the “mouth trumpet” resurgence
Showcased on NPR’s "To the Best of Our Knowledge"
First Place for “C'est Noyé” International Acoustic Music Awards
Runner-Up for "My Darlin' Beau" International Acoustic Music Awards
Six-time Wammies Winner (Washington Area Music Awards)
"Vox Pop" Award and Nominations in Independent Music Awards
2013 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist and Winner with live Lincoln Center performance
Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center
Appearances in television and in independent films, including On the Road with Victoria Vox interview in the documentary, “Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog” (2010)
Relix Magazine and Washington D.C.'s City's Best lists of artists to watch
Appeared on the Jay Leno Show to demonstrate her hallmark “mouth trumpet”
Performed her original, “The Bird Song” with 2500 ukulele-strumming-children in Auckland, New Zealand (Nov. 2014)
Victoria Vox performs solo, as a duo with D.C. cellist, Katie Chambers, and as a quintet alongside the Unified Jazz Ensemble.