Lead bass player from Kansas City, Julian Vaughn stands 6’7″ tall, now getting attention not for his height, but his dynamic and inventive talents as a rising jazz star. His first hit single was “On Your Feet” reached and stayed at #1 on the Billboard for three consecutive weeks (from the “Breakthrough” album). His music is proving to be a breakthrough, as he takes C-Jazz into its new future.
Vaughn grew up in Kansas City, in the church where his grandfather and father were pastors. He began his music career playing the drums in the church, but that position was likened by Vaughn to “…like ten football players going after a fumble. Everyone wanted to play.” At age 15, Julian decided to try out a different instrument after seeing a bass guitar someone had in the church. He fell in love with it at first sight. Vaughn taught himself to play and realized he could play by ear.
When Vaughn was 19 his grandfather bought him a 6-string bass guitar. He began soloing on the bass and soon realized this was not just a hobby but was to be his life’s passion.
Vaughn has performed at notable Jazz festivals such as the Dubai International Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Catalina Island Jazz Festival and Big Bear Lake Fastival. From the Dubai he was discovered and signed to a recording contract with “Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records”.
Vaughn doesn’t write for industry trends, although he understands what flavor works in the radio format, — he writes from his heart. “Whatever is moving me at the moment is what dictates the end. I want to make music for the people not format,” says Vaughn. “Music is my everything that’s why I love doing what I do.”