You only live once, but if you do it right...once is enough
South African singer-songwriter and guitarist Vaughn Prangley is carving out a unique path with his unmistakably deep, soulful and emotionally weathered voice, that speaks to a maturity way beyond his years.
On his way to quickly becoming one of alternative/indie-pop’s most promising young talents, Vaughn has been penning his own songs from as young as thirteen. With his roots in the disciplined world of classical training, he reached a point where he felt he needed to scribble outside the lines, break some rules, and run the gauntlet of mistakes in order to create a sound that is truly his. “When your feelings and mind is unrestricted, you figure things out for yourself…you discover how to be sincere”.
Hauntingly soulful and optimistic with simple guitar riffs, Vaughn sounds like he has already had a lifetime of experiences. Whether he is drawing us into a breakup, a love, a loss, a wild night out, a triumph or a personal breakthrough, he continues to prove to both us and himself, that it is okay to be transparent with your emotions and share your successes and failures with the world. And so, his songs unashamedly take his listener on a journey through personal experiences - an old-school diary of sorts, and an ode to other young people navigating this crazy beautiful world like himself. He admits that it’s not always easy laying your soul bare, but this also affords him the opportunity to uplift, inspire and have some fun with his listeners. Vaughn is a still a young guy, but for him it’s not about popularity, getting the girl or living a life engineered by the music machine, but rather just living in the moment and whole-heartedly embracing change.
With his 1st single hitting SA's Top 10 this month, Oasis, is all about accepting, yeah, it’s been a tough 2020 but you’ve got to push through and reflect on what has passed and the bright new beginnings on the horizon. Other works soon to be released include Green Eyes, a song about finding someone in your life you can build memories and write a story with; Long Walks in The Park, that talks about those joyous moments when you get to reconnect with the people you miss in your life; Fallen King looks at those that have everything going for them, but like everyone else, still have to go through tough times; and then Breathing, which deals with a hard break-up, having to catch one’s breath, and then finally being able to breathe deeply again.
Vaughn has spent most of 2020 working in studio with producers (Howie Combrink at The Hit Lab), refining his tracks and gearing up for the launch of his 1st EP "Where It Begins", set to release 5 March 2021. Picking the most surreal time to kick off your career – and we’re talking about a pandemic – Vaughn and his team have had to get creative. From socially distanced gigs in car parks or housing estates, all the way to concerts in own back yard or from the roof of his home, Vaughn is thankful for this opportunity to bring some fun and relief to his local community during these tough times.
There’s nothing ordinary about this super young talent who is now back in the studio finishing up his 1st album (Destination Unknown), and digging deep for material that is going to delight his already strong following.