Vaughn Amir
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Vaughn Amir

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

New York City, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
Solo Hip Hop Alternative




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Vaughn has been releasing music since 2015. While in college, he created under the stage-name "Backwoods", uploading a handful of singles. In 2016 - under the stagename "$ins" - Vaughn created his first EP ("Love Hurts, That's All"). In 2017 - under the stagename "Vaughny Sins" -  he released a handful of songs before putting out another EP ("500 Dollar Limit"). In 2018, he completed another EP ("The Writer's Block EP"), which features the song "Get to the Money".  By the summer of 2019, Vaughn settled with the authentic and effortless stage-name of "Vaughn Amir". 

He has yet to release a song under his latest moniker.  



Vaughn Amir (birth-name Vaughn Amir Thomas Simmons) is an American artist from Harlem, New York. He was born on December 12, 1997 in the Lower East Side. He grew up in East Harlem until early childhood when he moved to Central Harlem with his mother, visiting his father on weekends in Brooklyn. 

Vaughn attended Manhattan Country School for grades 1-8, and The Hotchkiss School (a boarding school) in Connecticut for high school. At Howard University, Vaughn began to write music before leaving after two years. Growing up in three different environments - MCS being very diverse ethnically and socioeconomically, Hotchkiss being a school with majority White upper-middle class students, and Howard being 98% black/African American - Vaughn became a melting pot of his life experiences. This shaped his worldview, personality and music. 

Back in New York after dropping out in 2017, Vaughn struggled to find traction in any form. After a year with no movement or connections, Vaughn had his first experience with real-world failure. Still, he would write small crops of songs intermittently.

After a brief stint with Starbucks, Vaughn became a Postmate. One day while on the job, he threw a man out of a Starbucks for the attempted theft of his phone. This prompted a woman who had seen the altercation to offer Vaughn work in the security field, which landed him a job at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen after he secured licensing. 

At Stage 48, Vaughn met a fledging A&R. The two stayed in contact on and off for months. While the first set of songs that Vaughn shared failed to leave an impression, the next batch motivated the A&R to refer Vaughn to The Producer. The Producer took an immediate liking to Vaughn’s music and person after hearing a rough mix of the song “Afterparty”. Vaughn and The Producer officially met in August 2019, with the latter quickly providing mentorship and opportunity. 

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