"'['Moved'] highlights Vaughn's evolution in songwriting and vocal ability... a beautiful, sweeping ballad about 'self-destruction and the high it creates.'" - PAPER Magazine
“LACES hits the sweet spot that lingers between the irreverent, celebratory electro of Ke$ha and the dramatically emotional pop of Tove Lo.” – LADYGUNN
“An explosion of moody dance pop tinged with bitterness... Assuming the role of an unapologetic version of her former artist self, LACES takes on a darker, more confident form." – Culture Collide
"LACES solders the usually buoyant nature of electro-pop and fashions it into a synthetic slow-burner on 'moved.'" - Riff Magazine
Dark indie-pop songstress, LACES (the moniker of Jessica Vaughn), has released the new single, “moved,” on May 31st, 2019. First catapulted to fame under the stage name, Charlotte Sometimes, when she was still in her teens, Vaughn has now “learned hard life lessons, gained wisdom, and found the freedom to marry all the sides of myself that I’ve always tried my best to compartmentalize,” and recreated herself as LACES, an ever-changing genre-hopper who exemplifies “leaning into your power, truth, and vulnerability.”
In 2008, Vaughn (then Jessica Poland) released her debut album as Charlotte Sometimes, Waves and the Both of Us, landing on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Heatseekers charts. After a successful run on Warped Tour and two subsequent EPs, she went on to appear on NBC’s The Voice, during which all four judges turned during the blind audition round, and she chose Blake Shelton as her coach. She then released two additional EPs under the Charlotte Sometimes name before announcing in 2014 that she was retiring the pseudonym and re-inventing herself as LACES. “To me, it was like graduating,” she explains. “I’d been using the name Charlotte Sometimes since I was a teenager and I had simply outgrown what it represented to me. I felt boxed in… like I couldn’t evolve. I think many young people feel that way, and I’ve always been drawn to expanding. In order to become the woman I am, I had to shed my own skin.”
The first single released as LACES, “Love Me Sober,” premiered on Billboard.com in March 2015, and Buzzfeed featured it as one of “7 Sexy Singles from 7 Super Cool Chicks”. The eponymous EP was released that summer. In 2016, three singles were released in quick succession, “Freedom, “Screw Me” and “Some Body (2 f*ck).” Vaughn soon found herself in demand as a songwriter and featured vocalist and her voice has been heard on The Vampire Diaries, Melrose Place, Station 19, The Ellen Show, World of Dance, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and content for numerous Hasbro brands. Her original music has been featured on Netflix, the Discovery Channel, ABC, NBC, Fuse, MTV, Vh1, the Sundance Channel, the CW, and A&E.
Vaughn recently decided to step back into the spotlight with her LACES persona, releasing the new single, “someday is not tonight,” in October of 2018. The first official LACES offering in two years, the highly anticipated single was incredibly well received by both fans and critics, landing on multiple Spotify “New Music Friday” playlists.
“moved” represents the next step in the evolution of LACES. The single showcases Vaughn’s impressive vocal prowess while exploring highly relatable themes. She explains, “‘moved’ is about not being able to turn away from someone that isn't good for you. There's a spark that ignites something inside of you, even though the connection is toxic. Ultimately, it's about self-destruction and the high that creates."