Marcus Vaughn

Marcus Vaughn

 Franklin, Tennessee, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

In the past year I have completely self-recorded my debut album Ceiling Noise from my apartment bedroom. This was a decision that I made after the second of my previous bands record deals went south. I will share my music as long as it remains genuine, and honest.

Biography

Marcus Vaughn’s neighbors hate him. You can’t blame them. Recording an entire nine-song debut album in an apartment bedroom tends to generate some hard feelings with the folks next-door and downstairs. The set, appropriately entitled “Ceiling Noise,” is the culmination of almost two years woodshedding on protools, songwriting and vocals for the 25 year-old. While stylistically diverse, the record’s underlying theme revolves around Marcus’ relationships—with his girlfriend, father, a brother who passed away, the world he’s experienced and himself—and explores his connection to his musical influences that run the gamut from Johnny Cash to My Morning Jacket to Sigur Ros.

A guitarist by trade, Marcus moved to Nashville from Los Angeles in 2009 after the second of his two hyped bands broke up. It wasn’t to pursue a career in country but simply to be in a town that had an affinity for music in its soul and, frankly, cheaper rent. Once he arrived, Marcus eschewed playing out for staying in…and focusing not only on crafting songs for himself but also finding his voice: literally as a lead singer and figuratively as a solo artist—something he hadn’t done to this point as a lead guitarist and sideman.

The result is a collection of songs that reveal not only what he had to say as an artist but also what he was learning as a craftsman through experimentation with various recording techniques, sounds and styles. If one was to put a label on the result it would be alt-country, Americana or singer-songwriter; but Marcus’ mix of acoustic guitars with programmed keyboards, drums loops and layered vocal harmonies reaches beyond those musical borders.

All the songs except one are originals. And that one, “Newport Beach Memory,” is more of an adaptation than a cover. It’s a song Marcus’ father wrote in the 1980s and that he re-recorded adding some new lyrics and reworking the arrangement. It, along with two others (“I Walk For Two” and “Your Blood in Mine”), are odes to his family, which experienced the death of his younger brother a few weeks after his birth, making Marcus an only child. The dichotomy of familial emptiness and closeness caused by that tragedy certainly shaped Marcus’ outlook and is reflected in tracks such as “We Are Here,” “While The World Falls Apart,” “Save My Soul,” and “Shine On,” which was inspired by a conversation he had with Patrick Swayze at a guitar shop in L.A. shortly before the actor passed.

While the seeming darkness of the material is balanced with lyrical hopefulness, “Ceiling Noise” is definitely steeped in introspection making it the ideal debut for a musician who has decided to follow his own vision after years of collaboration and artistic compromise.

This album is a good beginning for Marcus, who’s not sure where it will lead other than the road for as many gigs as he can get. And regardless of what they think of his music, that’s something neighbors will very much appreciate.

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Contact: Seth Keller • SKM Artist Management, • 310.617.0700 • seth@skmartists.com

Lyrics

Here In Your Arms

Written By: Marcus Vaughn

I ain't no simple man
Ain't no satisfied man
Ain't no walking on water man
Just a man
Just a man

I ain't no ramblin' man
Ain't no steady workin' man
Ain't got time to understand who I am
Just a man

When I'm here in your arms
I believe all the things that I never could see

And it feels
Like the worlds going blind
Ain't no reason for time
Ain't no more politicians, or religion
Changing our minds
Ain't no heartaches or pains
No more money washing down the drains
No more wars being faught
For causes we can't explain

And I ain't no rich man
I ain't no overqualified man
Lord knows, I ain't no jealous man
Just a man

When I'm here in your arms

29 Days

Written By: Marcus Vaughn

29 days ago I woke up
With a ringing in my head
All my lovers that I let go
And the friends I can't call friends

Like a magazine or paperback
Left blowing in the wind
29 days ago I woke up
Never looking back again

And the days fade like rain in the summer
And the hardest part we know....
Are the days gone by

29 days ago I woke up
With a ringing in my head
Still don't know where I was going
Or the words I never said

Some of us will live forever
Some of us are walking dead
29 days ago I woke up
Never gonna sleep again

And the days fade like rain in the summers of our life
And the hardest part we know....
Are the days gone by

So if you feel enlightened
If you're living on the run
We all fade slow
We all fade slow
A beautiful glow

29 days ago I woke up
Yesterday come and gone
26 years behind me now
Still never feels that long

And the days fade like rain in the summers of our life
And the hardest part we know....
Are the days gone by

While The World Falls Apart

Written By: Marcus Vaughn

Sold my soul to the dollar store today
Took my money, and headed on my way
Got a lot of reasons
Don’t know what they mean
That’s the story it seems
Packed my bags and I headed for the train
Stay too long, you know I go insane
Go a lot of problems
Don’t know what they mean
That’s the story it seems

And all the while I still love you
While the world falls apart
Ain’t got no direction
Where the hell did we start?

Took myself to the darkest parts of hell
Stayed for a week, put my house for sale
Got a lot of friends there
Don’t know what they mean
That’s the story it seems

And all the while I still love you
While the world falls apart
Ain’t got no direction
Where the hell did we start falling apart?

And the street signs
Spell out your name tonight
And I can’t find my way home to you
Girl you need to slow down
Take your time
Make this life a little easier on me

And all the while I still love you
While the world falls apart
Ain’t got no direction
Where the hell did we start?

Save My Soul

Written By: Marcus Vaughn

It’s been a while since I’ve lost you
It’s been a while since I’ve hurt
When my love is all I gave you
I don’t expect much in return
Cause I’m a thousand miles away now
From myself from day to day
Oh I wish I had a reason
For you to stay

Won’t you save my soul?
I don’t want to hurt no more
Won’t you rest your bones?
Cause I don’t want to wake up alone

It’s been a while since I’ve told you
Just how scared I am
Each day I get closer
Then I’m broken down again
Who knows what I’m chasing
Hell I probably never will
Some days I want to walk away
And just learn how to live again

Won’t you save my soul?
I don’t want to hurt no more
Won’t you rest your bones?
Cause I don’t want to wake up alone

And all I know is I know nothing
And I’m as blind as I can be
And I’ve been looking for the answer
In everything but me
In everything but me

Won’t you save my soul?
I don’t want to hurt no more
Won’t you rest your bones?
Cause I don’t want to wake up alone
Won’t you save my soul?
I don’t want to hurt no more
Won’t you rest your bones?
Cause I don’t want to wake up alone
I don’t want to wake up
I don’t want to wake up alone

Shine On

Written By: Marcus Vaughn

Time is just a train
On it’s way to the station
And if that train comes early don’t ya mind
It’s just your time
There must be something more
There must be something better
You damn near broke my heart
When I saw the pain inside you
One day we are strong
The next we’re weak
And it makes me think
There must be something more
There must be something better

So if you wake up
With the sunlight in your eyes
May you shine on
Shine on, shine on to the other side

Little things that come and go
It’s the only life we’ll ever know
A man who had it all
Now lets it go
And I guess it shows
There must be something more
There must be something better

So if you wake up
With the sunlight in your eyes
May you shine on
Shine on, shine on to the other side

It’s only a dream
It’s only a dream

Some men have it all
Some men have nothing
Some men who have nothing have it all
And it makes me believe
There must be something more
It makes me believe
There must be something more
There must be something better

So if you wake up
With the sunlight in your eyes
May you shine on
Shine on, shine on to the other side
To the other side
Just shine on, shine on to the other side

Discography

Ceiling Noise - (9 tracks) Self recorded/produced. Internet radio airplay still in effect.

Here In Your Arms (Single) - Internet radio airplay in effect

29 Days (Single) - Internet radio airplay in effect

Set List

Here In Your Arms
While The World Falls Apart
Save My Soul
I Walk For Two
Shine On
We Are Here
29 Days
God Fearing Man