RaVaughn

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RaVaughn
Birth nameRaVaughn Nichelle Brown[1]
OriginCarson, California, United States
GenresR&B, soul, pop, rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress[1]
LabelsColumbia Records, Compound University
Associated actsNe-Yo

RaVaughn Nichelle Brown is a singer-songwriter and actress from Carson, California initially signed to Ne-Yo's imprint Compound University which includes artists such as Adrienne Bailon, who later moved to Columbia Records in 2011. She is the older sister of actress Rhyon Nicole Brown. Influenced by artists like Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Beyoncé, and Nas, RaVaughn brings a unique twist to R&B mixing in pop and rock elements of her own. She has recorded demos and background vocals for multiple artists including Celine Dion, Natasha Bedingfield, Jennifer Hudson[2] and R&B singer Brandy for whom she wrote the first single from her 2008 album Human, "Right Here (Departed)". ReVaughn released her debut EP titled Love Always… The Introduction in 2012. ReVaughn also has two singles released from her upcoming debut album Love Always – "Better Be Good" featuring D.C.-based rapper Wale, and "Best Friend".

History[edit]

Born in Carson, California, RaVaughn's passion for music started at an early age. At age sixteen, she won two rounds and qualified for the finals in "Showtime at the Apollo" at the famous Apollo Theater in New York City. After attending college in New York City and putting out a few demos, she became a background singer on the hit TV show Glee for three seasons. Shortly thereafter, she was signed to Ne-Yo's imprint Compound University and soon after to Columbia Records in 2011.

On June 17, 2013, RaVaughn sat down with The Source to discuss her career and upcoming projects. In the interview, she shed some light on her upcoming debut album, Love Always. "For my debut album, I want women to be inspired to be a strong woman, not taking B.S. from anyone, and being in control for yourself."[3]

RaVaughn attended the 2013 Grammy Awards with singer-songwriter, Ne-Yo.[4]

Releases[edit]

RaVaughn's debut EP entitled Love Always… The Introduction was released on September 14, 2012.[5] After its release, music website Urban Music Daily wrote that "RaVaughn is the ultimate contemporary R&B artist. The passion she pours into her lyrics is astounding."[6] On February 21, 2013, she released her upcoming debut album's lead single "Better Be Good" featuring Wale. On March 15, 2013, she published via her SoundCloud page her album's sampler which includes tracks "Better Be Good", "It's Over", "Sick of Crying", "Lovin U", and "God Made Me Over".[7] Her second single "Best Friend" was released on May 16, 2013.

Performances[edit]

She performed her song "Best Friend" On Sirius XM Radio in April 2013. [8]

On May 7, 2013 RaVaughn joined Yahoo!'s On the Road tour featuring Kendrick Lamar in Cincinnati, Ohio. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo!, she talked about her past experiences and her life on tour.[9]

RaVaughn performed alongside Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Wale, at 106 KMEL's Summer Jam concert on June 9 in Oakland, California.[10]

Staff members at Concrete Loop were "blown away" by RaVaughn's exclusive performance of "Best Friend" on June 26, 2013.[11]

RaVaughn performed at the 2013 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California on June 30, 2013 as one of the Music Matters artists.[12]

Discography[edit]

EPs
  • 2012: Love Always… The Introduction
Albums
  • 2014: Love Always
Singles
List of showing year released and album name
Single Album Year
"Better Be Good" ft. Wale Love Always 2013
"Best Friend"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "RaVaughn Brown – Young Black Starz | Supporting Kids, Teens and Young Adults". YoungBlackStarz.org. Young Black Starz. Retrieved 16 Jun 2014.
  2. ^ "Bubbling Under: Twenty One Pilots Take Flight, Jake Miller's 'Lives' Begins".
  3. ^ Airhead (17 June 2013). "Songstress Ravaughn Talks R&B Influences, Upcoming Projects & More".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "RaVaughn Brown "Love Always…The Introduction" (EP) –".
  6. ^ "RaVaughn – Love Always...The Introduction • MIXTAPES • URBANMUSiCDAiLY ♫".
  7. ^ "RaVaughn – Love Always (Album Sampler) – Boi-1da.net".
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Yahoo! On the Road: RaVaughn Interview".
  10. ^ "Summer Jam 2013".
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-07-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Page Not Found – Los Angeles Times".