Vaughn Prangley

Vaughn Prangley is an 18-year-old South African singer-songwriter. Vaughn has disciplined roots in classical training and has been penning his own songs from the age of thirteen, where he felt the calling to venture outside the norms, break rules, and create a dynamic self-styled career and sound. Vaughn is transparent with his emotions, successes, and failures, yet admits it’s not always easy laying your soul bare. To Vaughn music is more of an outlet than an escape, dealing with his emotions through music, not afraid to share how he feels. He rates vulnerability is important, but also affords him the opportunity to uplift, inspire and have fun with his listeners.

Vaughn’s music is hauntingly soulful and optimistic with simple guitar riffs. His debut single ‘Oasis’ reached number one on the Mix FM South African Top 40 in 2020, as well as position 26 on the Mix FM South African Top 50 for 2021. His debut EP ‘Where It Begins’ and song ‘Breathing’ furthermore secured him a finalist spot and honourable mention in the 2021 edition of the US Unsigned Only Music Competition.

In 2022 Vaughn released his debut album ‘Destination Unknown’, composed of ten emotively-driven songs hat spotlight Vaughn’s song writing style and melody making inspired by what he observed and experienced around him during the period of 2020 and 2021.The songs explore themes of perseverance, self-growth, self-worth, and an appreciation of the here and now, rather than dwelling on the past or missing out on special moments by constantly looking ahead.

Vaughn’s creative process is influenced by what happens in his environment and ‘Destination Unknown’ tells a story of struggles and uncertainties, the happy and exciting moments; they are all there told as a melodic adventure. ‘Destination Unknown’ was produced by singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalists and producer Howie Combrink, and earned a SAMA Nomination for ‘Best Produced Album Of The Year’. The song ‘Avalanche To The Sea’ also earned Vaughn another finalist spot in the 2022 edition of the US Unsigned Only Music Competition (taking 2nd place in the Teen Category). Vaughn furthermore took top honours in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for the song ‘Passing Seconds’, earning him a coveted win out of a staggering 21 000 entries. The track also held charting positions on the Mix FM South African Top 40 and 5fm Indie Chart.

Presently Vaughn is also a semi-finalist in the 2022 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his self-produced tracks ‘Blood Red’ and ‘As You All Go Mad’. Vaughn also has over 20 new songs waiting in the wings, and his energy levels are soaring. From home rooftop gigs during Covid, to live radio and TV studio performances, Vaughn is gearing up to take his sound to live audiences. “Getting out there, face-to-face with the people who support you is priceless. I can’t wait, bring on the gigs!”

Vaughn Prangley – Passing Seconds

Vaughn Prangley – Call Our Own

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