|Birth name||Mary Sharon Vaughn|
|Also known as||Sharon Rice, Sharon Bellamy|
|Origin||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Genres||Pop, rock, country|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, Musician, Producer|
Mary Sharon Vaughn is a Stockholm based American musician, songwriter and producer. She has written hits for artists such as Willie Nelson, Agnes, Kate Ryan, Boyzone, Namie Amuro and September. During 2014, Vaughn competed as the songwriter of three songs in Melodifestivalen.
Vaughn moved to Nashville in her early 20’s. In 1974, she charted two singles for Cinnamon Records: a duet with Narvel Felts titled "Until the End of Time", and "Never a Night Goes By". A year later, she signed with Dot Records and released a third single, "You and Me, Me and You". She was also the lead singer in the Lea Jane Singers, and worked with the Jordanaires, the Nashville Edition and The Holladay Sisters.
Vaughn’s first cut was "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", that was first recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1976 and further popularized in 1980 by Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the movie The Electric Horseman. Since then she has worked with country artists such as Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker and Kenny Rogers and she has been nominated for The Nashville Songwriters Foundation's Hall Of Fame three times.
Vaughn has during the last couple of years had over 100 cuts with European artists and four number ones in Japan. She has worked with several Swedish Idol artists including the winner Jay Smith (2010) and a number one hit for Ola. She has also worked with many Scandinavian songwriters and artists including Agnes, Mutt Lange, Tony Nilsson, Vendela, Anders Hanson and Emilia.
In 2009 the song Release Me (Agnes) reached #1 on the U.S Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart. In 2013 Vaughn received the Jasrac Awards as #1 of the Top 10 Foreign Works for her co-written song Rising Sun (Exile).
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions|
|1974||"Until the End of Time" (with Narvel Felts)||39|
|"Never a Night Goes By"||96|
|1975||"You and Me, Me and You"||99|
The following table lists a selection of songs from Vaughn's career as a songwriter:
|1976||Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser||"My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"|
|1977||Oak Ridge Boys||"Y'all Come Back Saloon"|
|1999||Patty Loveless||"Lonely Too Long"|
|2004||Randy Travis||"Right On Time"|
|2007||Delta Goodrem||"The Guardian"|
|2009||Kevin Borg||"More Than I Do Now"|
|2009||Malena Ernman||"One Step From Paradise"|
|2010||The Wanted||"A Good Day For Love To Die"|
|2010||Boyzone||"Too Late For Hallelujah"|
|2011||Girls' Generation||"Top Secret"|
|2012||Namie Amuro||"Only You"|
|2012||Charlotte Perrelli||"In The Sun"|
|2013||Diandra||"Colliding Into You"|
|2013||Kimberley Walsh||"You First Loved Me"|
|2013||Sunrise Avenue||"Unholy Ground", "Lifesaver", I Can Break Your Heart", "Hurtsville", "Letters In The Sand", "Aim For The Kill", "Afraid Of The Midnight"|
|2013||Måns Zelmerlöw||"Braver On The Outside"|
|2014||Shirley Clamp||"Burning Alive"|
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 439. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- "Sharon Vaughn, Hero to Songwriters". ASCAP. Fall 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2010.