It isn’t hard to believe how quickly audiences sit up and take notice whenever Vaughnette takes centre stage and starts to sing. Her rich, warm, earthy tones caressingly draw you in, as she delivers effortlessly on some of the most timeless standards and ballads.
Hailing from La Brea in the south of Trinidad, Vaughnette debuted on the jazz circuit at the Steelpan & Jazz Festival (2004), performing as a guest vocalist with virtuoso pannist Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe. She next graced the stage later that same year, at the San Fernando Jazz Festival, appearing with visionary Carlton Alexander and the Coalpot Band.
Vaughnette’s focus and hard work paid “dividends” in 2008 when she became one of few Caribbean nationals ever, to be awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program. She also studies with Dominque Eade of the New England Conservatory, Boston.
She has since graced of stage of all major jazz festivals in this country and is the recipient of an award from the Point Fortin Borough Corporation for her contribution to Arts and Culture.
The fans have been responding. Her full-length concerts, Shades of Vaughnette, have been held before appreciative sold-out audiences for the past four years, and her new CD, Born to Shine, is poised to skyrocket her among the stars.
Recognising her talent as a gift from God, she is determined to fulfil the destiny He has ordained for her, by constantly fine-tuning her craft, and embracing every opportunity to share that liquid, golden voice with others.
When not weaving her magic onstage, Vaughnette is employed as an Occupational Health and Safety Professional in the Oil and Gas Industry.