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.