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Victoria Vox delights in bringing the ukulele into the mainstream. “I'm finding that non-ukulele listeners are converted daily,” she says. “It's really fun to give people what they weren't expecting.”
Not that she is the only current artist to slip in a little ukulele -- which according to a recent feature in the NY Times -- is making a comeback. But, Victoria Vox is dedicated to the tiny instrument and relies on it as much as her acoustic guitar, performing 150-200 dates a year. And with the new album, Chameleon, she and producer Mike Tarantino (James Blunt) are at the forefront of using the uke in modern ways.
A Berklee grad with songwriting honors, released a handful of records under different guises before discovering the ukulele a few years ago. She took to the instrument as “it gave the songs I wrote more of a jazz feel.” She released her first ukulele-rooted album Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea, which showcased the instrument in its more traditional form.
On Chameleon, Vox (a Baltimore resident) surrounds the uke with mouth trumpet, guitar, electrics and percussion, resulting in an enchanting and diverse pop record.
To stream music: www.victoriavox.com Label: Obus Music
Here's what fans are saying:
"Victoria Vox "Rox" and is one of the worlds hidden music treasures. A great voice that handles that Ukulele like no other. =)" - Go Greggy
"Not to knock the uke, but [Victoria Vox] probably could be accompanied by an ensemble of washboards, plucked bed springs, and scraped slate and it would still be world class music." Kevin Turpie
"It has a simple, honest heart and if you look closely you can see the hard work and risk behind that bright smile." - Marty