Victoria Vox

My name is Victoria Vox (born Victoria Davitt). My stage name originally was my website name (victoriavox.com), but presenters and venues thought that Victoria Vox was my name. Eventually, I stopped fighting it, and went with it! Vox is Latin for voice. It was a becoming name, as a voice is not only the instrument used to make sound, but the point being made. Music and song can save a life, or create understanding. It can also bring back a moment or memory of someone or something that is no longer. Music can make people smile. It is my goal to create songs that emotionally move people.

I started writing songs when I was 10, and went to school at the Berklee College of Music in Boston to receive a degree in Songwriting (2001). I used to write on the guitar, but someone gave me a ukulele in 2003 and I never looked back. The guitar got weaned out over time, and since 2007, I have been writing exclusively on the ukulele (minus a piano tune here and there). To date, I’ve released 8 completely original ukulele albums (CDs).

Artists who have inspired me include: Chet Baker, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson, Madonna, Buddy Holly, ABBA, and Bonnie Raitt. I appreciate good melodies, grooves, and lyrics. I’m drawn towards classic pop, but also veer towards old time jazz and folk. My music tends to be “genre-less” at times and the “sound” really depends on the accompanying instrumentation, as I’m simply providing the spine to the song. Production and arranging come later… I love structure and lyric rhyming patters. The first verse always comes the easiest, but I really enjoy the quest to find the right words for Verse 2, 3, etc.

I love the simplicity of the ukulele, which I think has changed the way I write songs. A valuable lesson that I learned at Berklee, on songwriting, was that more often than not, we include too much: too many words, too many chords, too many notes. I constantly strive for simplicity.

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