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Ukulele Workshops, School Assemblies, and Residencies

"I've been playing the ukulele since September 2003 and had no idea what the future had in store for me. In 2005 I became sponsored by KoAloha Ukuleles in Hawaii and was then invited to perform at the New York City Ukulele Festival in April 2006. Ever since, I've been performing at Ukulele Festivals around the world (France, Italy, Australia, and across the USA). The wonderful thing about the festivals is that the performers are also asked to give workshops. I've given workshops to kids, adults (young and old). One of my favorite workshops was an after school program for juveniles in Aberdeen, NC. I teach songwriting, ukulele rhythm, technique, and occasionally, mouth trumpet. Sometimes, we are able to get grant money to purchase inexpensive ukuleles for the kids, which then they get to keep. That always feels awesome." - Victoria Vox

Key CD / Vinyl

Release date: April 2013

Artist Statement about KEY: “We spend a lot of time in search of keys. Maybe it’s the key to success… to happiness… or to someone’s heart. As I searched for the right key, I found keys to songs, which opened the door to my own heart. I entered into a year of songwriting (the 52 Original Song Project) where I unlocked my senses in order to create. I let music in and out.”

All original song track listing:
Daffodil
Sweetest Melodies
Let It Go
Out the Back Door
Guarded Heart
Crazy Love
Remember the Music
Mama's Lullaby
Empty Apologies
Mon Coeur Vide
Ship Goes Down (instrumental)

Graphic Design by Victoria Vox.

  • photo from the studio

    Sitting with KEY drummer, Kelly VanCamp.
  • Crazy Love

    Reflecting on feelings in a bizarre love triangle. Ukulele and vocal performance by Victoria Vox.
  • Daffodil

    Inspired by Narcissus and his love for himself, never taking his gaze off of himself in the pond. A daffodil bloomed where he stood. Ukulele and Vocals by Victoria Vox.
  • Vacio at The Costa Rican National Theater in San Jose

    Luibov Otto was the actress who I worked with for two years. This picture was the second round of performances at The National Theater-very exciting!
  • Sweetest Melodies

    A hypnotic and moody love song written in 5/4 time. All instruments performed by Victoria Vox (except bass and drums).
  • In search of the right key.

    "We spend a lot of time in search of keys. Maybe it’s the key to success… to happiness… or to someone’s heart. As I searched for the right key, I found keys to songs, which opened the door to my own heart. I unlocked my senses in order to create. I let music in and out." (Victoria Vox) Graphic design by Victoria Vox. The 8th Victoria Vox all-original album was released in May 2013. Ukulele, Vocal, and Trumpet performance by Victoria Vox.

When the Night Unravels CD (2015)

Release date: January 20, 2015

Victoria Vox – a one-woman show with ukulele, bass and loop pedals, and her signature “mouth trumpet” – delivers a full band sound. Producer, Geoff Stanfield, (Sun Kil Moon, Grace Webber), elaborates on what Vox does best. On her 9th album, Vox slinks between musical styles--pop, jazz and soul--with use of ukulele, bass, horns, accordion, and synths. The album has a “night” theme, which can be interpreted two ways: turning into the dark, or coming out of it.

All original song track listing:
Supermoon
Call a Truce
You're No Island
Looking For a Man
Two Bridges
The Heart
Mail Order Bride
Diamonds on the Bay
Echo

Graphic Design by Victoria Vox.

  • The Well Studio

    Recording horns: Mike Barber (trumpet) and Tracy Ferrera (bari sax).
  • The Well Studio

    Microphone set up in the studio.
  • The Well Studio

    Recording Nova Karina Devonie's accordion for the album.
  • The Well Studio, Seattle, WA

    At the mixing board w/ cornet player, Casey MacGill.
  • Echo Music Video

    Calling out into the wind, it steals your name and leaves an Echo. "Vox is a romantic, a poet, and a ukulele lover, and [When the Night Unravels] is an album you’ll share with friends—whether they like ukulele or not." (Ukulele Magazine) Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox.
  • Use the Brakes

    Studio recording of "Use the Brakes". Ukulele and vocal performance by Victoria Vox, from the album, "When the Night Unravels". Words and Lyrics by Victoria Vox.
  • Supermoon

    "“Supermoon” has you falling in love before the first minute of the track is through, with snaps and a smooth melody, prepping you for more Motown-inspired harmonies on the rest of the album. Vox’s ability to build these compositions around her ukulele creates a relaxed album that’s calming and sexy. There is so much honesty within the album’s musical and lyrical composure, that it’s impossible not to get sucked in." (WhatWeekly.com) Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox. Ukulele, Mouth Trumpet, and Vocal performance by Victoria Vox, from the album, "When the Night Unravels".
  • What Weekly article on "When the Night Unravels"

    "Since picking up a ukulele, Vox has managed to pump out beautiful uke-centered albums like "When the Night Unravels", and that's nothing short of awesome."
    PDF icon What Weekly article on "When the Night Unravels"
  • When the Night Unravels CD

    "Vox is a romantic, a poet, and a ukulele lover, and [When the Night Unravels] is an album you’ll share with friends—whether they like ukulele or not." (Ukulele Magazine) Graphic Design by Victoria Vox. The 9th Victoria Vox original album was released in January 2015. Ukuleles, mouth trumpet, and vocals by Victoria Vox.

Boombox Séance: Uketronica

The 9-track uketronica album was written and recorded over 7 months of sporadic writing sessions, text messages, and chunks of time in Seattle, at Well Recording. The album includes 8 original songs and one cover, "Here Comes the Rain Again" by the Eurythmics.

The album was released in 2013 under the band name Boombox Séance. However, there is talk of re-releasing it, with some changes, as a Victoria Vox album with Boombox Séance as the title.

Track Listing:
Monster's Lullaby
Strangers in the Dark
The Heart
Trouble
Denial
Piñata
Living With the Ghost
Here Comes the Rain Again (cover)
Lip Service

  • Lip Service

    Written during the 52 Song Project, the baritone ukulele is sent through the loop pedal and an Echo Pedal (Gen5 Echo Lovepedal). Music by Victoria Vox. Lyrics by Victoria Vox and Aaron English.
  • Living With the Ghost

    Inspired by a rainy night at the Steel Bridge Songwriting festival, "Living With the Ghost", is a personal tale of being unable to escape ones own thoughts. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox and Jim Troglen.
  • Trouble

    This was the first song written in collaboration for Boombox Séance, at a songwriting festival in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox, Aaron English, and Jim Troglen.
  • The Heart - Transcription

    "One more lie I can tell to myself. I gotta quit, but one last hit, then I can stop it. . . The Heart wants what it wants."
    PDF icon The Heart - Transcription
  • The Heart

    The baritone ukulele is channeled through an Octave Pedal (Morpheus Droptune) giving is a bass-like quality. Both the tenor and baritone are layered on top for a dreamy vibe. Music by Victoria Vox. Lyrics by Victoria Vox and Aaron English.
  • Strangers in the Dark

    Written on a tenor ukulele, Victoria Vox uses the reverse pedal for this upbeat dance song. This song was a re-write from Victoria's Week 36 song, "Dancefloor", from the 52 Song Project. While keeping the chord changes and vocal hooks, Vox re-wrote the chorus turning it into "Strangers in the Dark". Music by Victoria Vox. Lyrics by Victoria Vox and James Hall (via text message).
  • Monster's Lullaby

    Many layers of baritone ukulele are used with the loop pedal and the reverse function, which add to the songs dark and eery tone. Music by Victoria Vox. Lyrics by Victoria Vox and Aaron English.
  • Cover art

    9-track album, released March 2013. Graphic Design by Victoria Vox.
  • Recording in the studio

    During the 52 Songwriting Project, Victoria Vox embarked on an electronic (with the baritone ukulele) project, "uketronica" later to become Boombox Séance. Vox composed all of the ukulele tracks and composed the chord progressions and then collaborated with Aaron English (Seattle), James Hall (Atlanta), and Jim Troglen (Birmingham) on lyrics and melodies. Once the idea of an album was in place, Vox focused her later songwriting from the 52 Song Project on Boombox Séance. Boombox Séance gave a new, and undiscovered, facet to the ukulele.

Lights, Camera, Action: VIDEO Direction and Production

Cast and crew of 1 to few. Creativity is born in the eyes of limitation.

  • Mail Order Bride - Music Video

    Directed and edited by Victoria Vox. Filmed by Julia Chhoy in Montreal, Canada. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox and Cathy Fink.
  • Tucson - Music Video

    Directed, filmed and edited by Victoria Vox in Tucson, AZ. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox.
  • Carol of the Bells - Music Video (cover)

    One take. One ukulele. Three cameras. Directed, filmed, and edited by Victoria Vox.
  • Technicolor Way - Music Video

    Directed and Edited by Victoria Vox. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox and James Hall.
  • Two Bridges - Music Video

    Filmed, Directed, and Edited by Victoria Vox in New Orleans, LA. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox and John Hadley.
  • Echo - Music Video

    "An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make her unique folk/pop music impossible to resist." (Vintage Guitar Magazine) Filmed and edited by Victoria Vox. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox, Cariad Harmon, and Carley Baer. Ukulele and Vocal performance by Victoria Vox, from the album, "When the Night Unravels".
  • the iPhone and Kaleidoscope

    A ukulele being filmed with an iPhone, using a kaleidoscope at the eye-piece, for the music video, "Two Bridges".
  • Sweetest Melodies - Music Video

    "[Vox’s] soulful-ukulele shatters all preconceived (and ill-informed) notions about ukuleles and their underrated capabilities as an instrument." (WhatWeekly.com) The spinning carousel and bobbing horses was the perfect scene for this hypnotic song written in 5/4 time. Video production, direction, editing by Victoria Vox. Filmed with the help of family on a moving carousel. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox. All instrumentation by Victoria Vox (except bass and drums).
  • Videos shoot at Southsea Castle, Portsmouth, U.K.

    A selfie taken moments before filming began for the "Echo" music video, at the Southsea Castle, Portsmouth, UK. The Castle granted Vox access to the ramparts for an hour before opening to the public. Cast and Crew: 1.

Songwriting EN FRANCAIS

Lyrics and their melodies should be conversational. English is my first language, and I began songwriting emotionally (in English) while living in France as a foreign exchange student. Songs budded out of frustration of not being understood, or not being able to communicate properly. As my French improved, at the time, I had no idea that one day I'd be using those French skills to compose and write lyrics in French. It takes a different mindset, for sure. Thinking and feeling in the moment, is as important as thinking and feeling in the language.

  • La Musique - Transcription

    "J'ai une chanson dans ma téte la la la, c'est un peu comme l'Alouette la la la, J'ai essayé de l'oublier la la la, Mais jamais je n'y arriverai"
    PDF icon La Musique - Transcription
  • C'est Noyé - Transcription

    "Et ils nagent, comme des poissons, sans frontière, sur cette terre ronde, sur la mer, il y a le vent, le soleil, et si j'ai du mal, c'est noyé, c'est noyé"
    PDF icon C'est Noyé - Transcription
  • Mon Cheri - Transcription

    "Mon cheri, mon cheri Il y a que nous deux dans les rues de Paris Et dans tes bras, tu m’a dit Que je suis, ta cherie, mon cheri, mon cheri."
    PDF icon Mon Cheri - Transcription
  • Mon Cheri

    Ukulele and Vocal performance by Victoria Vox for her album, "Exact Change". Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox.
  • La Musique

    Performed on squeezebox and vocals by Victoria Vox, along with the Boulder Acoustic Society for her album, "Exact Change". Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox.
  • Mon Cœur Vide

    19-bar phrase with a Verse/Refrain structure. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox. Ukulele and Vocal performance by Victoria Vox with strings accompaniment.
  • C'est Noyé

    First Place Winner in the Acoustic Music Awards 2009. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox. All instrumentation (ukulele, vocals, trumpet, and percussion) played by Victoria Vox, except guitar.
  • Mon Coeur Vide - live performance

    Live performance of "Mon Coeur Vide" on baritone ukulele, vocal, and mouth trumpet. Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox.
  • Mon Coeur Vide - Transcription

    "Ta tristesse m'a fait chuter de la lumière à l'obscurité. Le sombre, le noir, c'est tout ce que je vois. Ça suffit, Mon Cœur Vide"
    PDF icon Mon Coeur Vide - Transcription

IDEAS to PAPER: Songwriting and Songbooks

Putting rhythm, melodies, and lyrics into tangible form turns it from "make believe" into "real".

Victoria Vox Discography:
2006: Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea (produced by Mike Tarantino and Paul Kim)
2008: Chameleon (produced by Mike Tarantino)
2008: Holiday Music Card (EP) (produced by Mike Tarantino and Paul Kim)
2010: Exact Change (produced by Mike Tarantino)
2011: Vox Ukulele Cello (produced by Victoria Vox)
2012: Under the Covers (cover song album, produced by Steve Hamilton)
2013: Boombox Séance (side project, produced by Geoff Stanfield)
2013: Key (produced by Geoff Stanfield)
2015: When the Night Unravels (produced by Geoff Stanfield)

Songbookography:
2007: The Victoria Vox Original Songbook for Ukulele Vol. 1 - 9x12 softcover
2010: The Victoria Vox Original Songbook for Ukulele Vol. 2 - 9x12 softcover
2014: The Victoria Vox Original Songbook for the album, Key - PDF download
2016: The Victoria Vox Original Songbook for Ukulele Vol. 4 - 9x12 softcover in production

Other recordings / releases:
1999: Ultra Pink Bicycle Incident
2003: Still
2004: Tres Femmes
2004: In Between (EP) (produced by Jon Tyler Starr)
2009: Square Pegs, Round Holes Compilation (original song written for American Aspergers Association)
2010: Song Still Remains Compililation (original song written for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Foundation)
2011: Goose Creek Songwriter Sessions. Single track.

the 52 Original Song Project

Subscribers paid $52 to receive 52 original songs in 2012. Here were my guidelines to hold me accountable, yet giving me space to create:

1) If you do not receive 52 mp3s of raw, new music in 2012, I will refund you $1 per mp3 that I failed to deliver at the year’s end.

2) If I fail to produce a song for a week, I can make it up in future weeks (within the year, of course)… and possibly send more than one song in a week. I’m hoping I won’t have to do that… but I’m just putting that out here now :)

3) The recording quality may vary week-to-week depending where I am and the equipment available to me.

4) I will do my best to not think about whether or not you might like the song. It’s unhealthy artistically to think about the end product before the song is finished. This will be interesting for us all! :)

  • Crazy Love - DRAFT

    Text from Song Post: Week 39: Crazy Love (written and uploaded October 19, 2012) This one poured out of me like a river this morning. It was written in about 15 minutes, with some tweaking during the recording. I was going to add bass and shaker and other things, but decided to keep it super simple and raw. I’m not sure if the title should be “Crazy, Love” or “Crazy Love”. I guess I’ll leave it up to the listener as to when and where to put the comma :) I put off writing this song for about 4 weeks, but didn’t think anyone (ahem, my subscribers) wanted to hear it.
  • The Ukulele paired with Technology

    The 4-stringed ukulele beautifully comes with many limitations, however, with looping and "playing with" the tone, new ideas (songs) can emerge.
  • Guarded Heart DEMO - week 30

    "Where do you turn when the compass breaks, lost out at sea? The wandering waves will carry you until you find your peace. Oh, Where do you turn when the compass breaks?" Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox. Recorded and Performed by Victoria Vox (all instrumentation). "Guarded Heart" was re-recorded and released on the 2013 album, "Key".
  • Guarded Heart - DRAFT

    Text from Song Post: Week 30: Guarded Heart (uploaded July 31, 2012) “Guarded Heart” came to me around Friday… and I ended up reading some guy’s blog about his guarded heart… it was a long drawn out story, but in some ways, I could relate both as the guarded one, and the one who’s love wasn’t reciprocated. I played: MyaMoe Ukulele (low G), Morton Iodized Salt (as the shaker), upright toy piano, bass, and sang. Side Note: This song was re-recorded for the 2013 album, Key.
  • Wildwood: Week 52

    "Wildwood" was written on the player piano (above).
  • Wildwood DRAFT - Week 52

    Text from Song Post: Week 52: Wildwood (written and uploaded Dec. 26, 2012) Gosh… what an emotional day. ‘Tis the Season, right? Writing “Wildwood” this morning was really tough, mostly because I couldn’t sing / write it without breaking down into tears. Not exactly sad tears, nor happy tears… just tears.
  • Photo: Week 37

    "Emotions are complex. We still get hurt at best. We must be gentle, at every level. Hear my surrender, my constant endeavor. It's like a riddle, finding the middle..." "Make It Work" was inspired by relationships and how we must work together. The closed Hershey Park Rollercoaster seemed to be a good fit for the rollercoaster of relationships that we ride.
  • Make It Work DEMO - Week 37

    "We gotta make it work, we're from the same dirt in this Universe." Music and Lyrics by Victoria Vox. Recorded and Performed by Victoria Vox (all instrumentation). Currently unreleased.
  • What Weekly Q&A on the 52 Song Project

    "I never regretted my decision, but there were a few weeks that I wanted to bang my head against a wall."
    PDF icon What Weekly Q&A on the 52 Song Project
  • 52 weeks of Music, Lyrics, and Photos

    Every Sunday was a clean slate. It was the opportunity to be freshly inspired by emotions, politics, holidays, travel, or a new instrument (like a harp, analog keyboards, bass, ukuleles, horns, etc). A new song was uploaded to the website, accompanied by a photograph taken that week, the lyrics, and a demo recording, with all instrumentation played by Victoria Vox (except on some collaborations); all produced by Victoria Vox.

BECOMING VICTORIA VOX aka Vic Tory: Mouth Trumpet and Vocal Performance

When Victoria was in high school, the concert band was short on trumpet players. She was moved from the woodwind section (oboe) to the brass section (trumpet), and played in both the concert and jazz bands. 10 years after putting down her trumpet, she picked it up by happenstance in the studio, and played it on her albums: Chameleon (2008), Exact Change (2010), and Key (2013). She also recorded Mouth Trumpet on her own albums: Victoria Vox and her Jumping Flea, Chameleon, Exact Change, Vox Ukulele Cello, Under the Covers, and When the Night Unravels; as well on session recordings by other artists. She continues to study recordings by jazz trumpet greats and applies techniques from her trumpet playing days to her mouth trumpet performances.

  • Mouth Trumpet Demonstration

    Victoria Vox describes the different techniques in Vocal Mouth Trumpeting to Dallas Ukulele Festival attendee.
  • Jay Leno Show

    Mouth trumpet performance on the Jay Leno Show in December 2009.
  • Live performance photo

    Photo by Scott Habicht.
  • Vocal Performance of Supermoon

    Live collaboration with Sho'dekeh and Marc Evans. Filmed by Tom Kessler. Original song, "Supermoon" written by Victoria Vox. Music starts at 2:17.
  • Taps / Knocking on Heavens Door performance

    Live performance of Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heavens Door" at the IMT Bob Dylan Tribute Concert in 2011. The musical intro of Taps was only fitting for this somber song.
  • Wall Street Journal interview 2015

    The Wall Street Journal reports on the unlikely return of the lost of the Mouth Trumpet. The print article made the front page of the newspaper on January 6, 2015. "The ukulele makes for first-rate accompaniment alongside Vox’s superior “mouth-trumpet” skills." (Ukulele Magazine)
  • Embody Lab solo performance

    "The more I write songs and create sounds, the more I have become comfortable with performing and exploring the unknown on stage. Working with beatboxers, at the Embody Labs, has been a huge inspiration. Putting down instruments that I hold and play, and using only my voice has been invigorating." (Victoria Vox) Music starts at 0:27. Mouth Trumpet Solo at 2:01. Filmed by Tom Kessler. Original song, "Mon Coeur Vide" written in French and performed by Victoria Vox.

Composer, lyricist, vocalist, performer, improviser, and collaborator

Victoria Vox (née Davitt) was inspired at an early age to create music that came from her heart. Her first instruments were the violin, oboe, and VT-400 Casio keyboard (which she used to record her first demo of 6 original songs at 12 years old). As a freshman in high school, she joined the jazz band and took up the trumpet. At 17, she taught herself guitar and her electro-pop songs turned moody as "singer/songwriter" influences emerged.

She attended the Berklee College of Music as a vocalist and songwriter, almost always accompanying herself with the guitar. Victoria was a recipient of the Vince Gill Songwriting Scholarship and also performed with the African Drum and Dance (1999 Commencement Concert for David Bowie). She graduated in the summer of 2000 and moved to Nashville, TN.

After VictoriaVox.com was purchased in 2003, club and cafe owners where Victoria played introduced her as "Victoria Vox", and the name stuck. She then began to play the ukulele as well (self-taught) and never thought twice about the 4-stringed underdog. The ukulele's soft and upbeat tone was a fresh start for her. "If there hasn't been a university study on the psychological and sociological benefits of playing the ukulele, now might be a good time-and Victoria Vox could the Test Case." (Ukulele Magazine)

In 2005, while writing a song in the car, she discovered her "mouth trumpet" and began studying the recordings of Chet Baker and Miles Davis. It was the perfect addition to her solo shows and often jokes, 'I'm the cheapest trio in town!'. Vox has since received praise for her "invisible instrument" by Jay Leno in 2009 and the Wall Street Journal in 2015.

10 years after she played her last note on the trumpet in high school jazz band, she re-discovered her knack for playing while working on her 2nd studio album, Chameleon.
Currently, she has released 9 albums (one of them is of all covers, from her 52 Cover Song Project from 2011), and continues to tour internationally and across the U.S.

  • Ukulele Magazine feature article

    "If there hasn't been a university study on the psychological and sociological benefits of playing the ukulele, now might be a good time-and Victoria Vox could the Test Case." (Ukulele Magazine)
    PDF icon Ukulele Magazine feature article
  • Wall Street Journal article on the Lost Art of the Mouth Trumpet

    "Ms. Vox. . . is among a group of performers who are leading an unlikely revival of the mouth trumpet. . . even as they seek respect as serious musicians."
    PDF icon Wall Street Journal article on the Lost Art of the Mouth Trumpet
  • Vox:

    A voice is not only the instrument used to make sound, but the point being made. Music and song can save a life, or create understanding. It can also bring back a moment or memory of someone or something that is no longer. Music can make people smile. It is my goal to create songs that emotionally move people. "There is so much honesty within the album's musical and lyrical composure, that it’s impossible not to get sucked in." (WhatWeekly.com)

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About Victoria

From the cover of the Spring Issue of Ukulele Magazine to the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Victoria Vox (née Victoria Davitt) is making appearances everywhere—and rightly so. The artistry of her performances is both unique and endearing, captivating an incredibly diverse audience and drawing even... more

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