Jessica Poland

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Jessica Poland
Jessie Poland 2016.jpg
Performing in 2016 as Laces.
Background information
Birth nameJessica Charlotte Poland
Also known asCharlotte Sometimes, Jessica Vaughn
Born (1988-01-15) January 15, 1988 (age 31)
OriginWall Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer, Musician, Songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2007 – present
Associated actsLACES, BRZY

Jessica Charlotte Poland (born January 15, 1988) is an American singer-songwriter, better known by her former stage name Charlotte Sometimes. Her debut album Waves and the Both of Us was released on May 6, 2008. She grew up in Wall Township, New Jersey and started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 14. She has released one full-length album and five EPs.[1][2][3][4] In 2014, Poland retired her stage name and started a new project called LACES.


Poland was adopted by her parents, Hartson and Tracy Poland, as a baby. She was introduced to her birth mother at age 13.[5]

At age 14, Poland was diagnosed with condylar resorption, a rare disease causing her jaw to essentially break apart. Her condition impaired her ability to sing. By age 16, she had undergone surgery by having two ribs extracted to "rebuild her face." She continues to have injections to treat her jaw.[6]

Poland got her first stage name from the children’s book, Charlotte Sometimes, written in 1969 by Penelope Farmer, about a boarding school student who finds herself transported more than 40 years into the past, into the place of another girl.[7][8]


2006 - 2008: Career beginnings and Waves and the Both of Us[edit]

Poland began her career playing in a five-piece band (J. Poland and The Pilots) in early 2006. The group performed around the New Brunswick, New Jersey area. They soon began playing shows in New York and graduated to larger venues, opening for artists associated with producer/songwriter, Alex Houton. Houton produced much of Poland's early work and co-wrote, produced and contributed guitar work to her major label debut.

In 2008, Poland signed to Geffen Records and released Waves and the Both of Us under the stage name, Charlotte Sometimes. The album peaked at #145 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[9] Poland performed at all venues on the 2008 Warped Tour, and the single "How I Could Just Kill A Man", whose title was inspired by the Cypress Hill song of the same name, was featured on the Warped Tour 2008 Tour Compilation.[10][11]

2010 - 2014: EPs and The Voice[edit]

On May 14, 2010, Poland self-released a free EP entitled "Sideways." Her second EP, The Wait, was released on iTunes August 18, 2011.[12]

In 2012, Poland was a contestant on Season 2 of NBC's The Voice. After having all four judges turn around in the blind audition round, she chose Blake Shelton as her coach. She was eliminated after the first live round.[13] Later that year, Poland finished working on her third EP, Circus Head, which was initially made available to those who had donated to the album's PledgeMusic campaign. The lead single, "Brilliant, Broke and Beautiful," was released on October 3, 2012,[14] with the commercial release of the EP following on October 30, 2012.[15]

In 2013, Poland recorded her fourth (and first acoustic) Charlotte Sometimes EP entitled, "By Request." The lead single, "Magic," premiered on November 18, 2013,[16] and the full album was released on March 4, 2014.

2014 - 2016: LACES and BRZY[edit]

In early 2014, Poland announced she had retired her Charlotte Sometimes stage name and would now be writing and recording music under her legal name for a new project, LACES.[17]

The first single under her new moniker, "Love Me Sober," premiered on Billboard on March 5, 2015 and was released to retailers on March 16, 2015.[18] "Love Me Sober" was produced by Dante Jones.

A side project was announced in 2016 titled BRZY, featuring the members of District 76 and LACES.[19] The single "Cause a Little Fire" was released digitally on October 21, 2016.[20]

2016 - Present: Jessica Vaughn[edit]

In December 2016, "Christmas for the Lonely" was released under the name Jessica Vaughn for the holiday compilation album "SoundRevolver Presents: A Holiday Benefit 2016."[21] In early February 2017, the LACES Facebook account was renamed to "Jessica Vaughn Music."[22]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

Waves and the Both of Us 145 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Charlotte Sometimes
  • Released: May 14, 2010
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital download
The Wait
  • Released: August 18, 2011
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital download
Circus Head
  • Released: October 30, 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: Digital download
By Request


As Charlotte Sometimes[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Digital Rock
"How I Could Just Kill a Man" 2008 Waves and the Both of Us
"Apologize" 2012 Non-album songs were released by The Voice
"Pumped Up Kicks"
"Misery Business" 24
"Brilliant Broke and Beautiful" Circus Head
"Magic" 2014 By Request
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As LACES[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Love Me Sober" 2015 TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


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  2. ^
  3. ^ Leebove, Laura (7 May 2008). "Charlotte Sometimes strikes balance between powerful and passive". Venus Zine. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  4. ^ Fulton, Katherine. "Charlotte Sometimes - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  5. ^ La Gorce, Tammy (16 March 2008). "It's the Lipstick That Draws Attention, and the Name Helps Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Latest News, Videos & Guest Interviews from the Today Show on NBC". Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  7. ^ Ortenzi, Rob (7 August 2008). "Charlotte Sometimes". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  8. ^ Savage, Lesley (8 May 2008). "'Waves & the Both of Us' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  10. ^ Anitai, Tamar (17 June 2008). "New Charlotte Sometimes Photos!". MTV. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  11. ^ Lustig, Jay (24 July 2008). "She's a real Sometimes girl". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  12. ^ Ostroff, Craig (15 September 2011). "Charlotte's music book is wide open". Montgomery News. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  13. ^ Ford, Rebecca (3 April 2012). "'The Voice' Results Show: Four Contestants Eliminated After First Week of Live Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Brilliant Broke and Beautiful - Single by Charlotte Sometimes on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  15. ^ Parker, Lyndsey (30 May 2012). "Kickstart Their Art: How You Can Help Your Reality TV Faves Make Music". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  16. ^ Gundersen, Edna (18 November 2013). "Song premiere: 'Magic' by Charlotte Sometimes". USA Today.
  17. ^ "'The Voice' alum Charlotte Sometimes reinvents herself as Laces". AXS. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  18. ^ "Exclusive: Listen to LACES' 'Love Me Sober'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  19. ^ "New Music Alert: "Cause a little fire" by BRZY". Wolf in a Suit. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  20. ^ "Cause a Little Fire - Single by BRZY on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  21. ^ "SoundRevolver Presents: A Holiday Benefit 2016, by Various Artists". A Holiday Benefit. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  22. ^ "Security Check Required". Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  23. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  24. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  25. ^ "Charlotte Sometimes - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 18 November 2013.

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