Rockingham Early College high school student Jacob Vaughan is an up and coming musician in Reidsville.

Gifted with a golden voice, Vaughan recalls singing since the he was fouryears-old. His talent to sing in front of crowds was developed under a church roof, making him the confident musician he is today. Three years ago, he taught himself to play guitar “My dad was a pastor and he lost his job and we went through a really hard time, me and my family,” said Vaughan. “My dad was broken down so he wasn’t there for me and my mom was emotional. It’s not their fault but I needed something to express what I was feeling so I picked up the guitar and taught myself how to play.”

Vaughan’s first gig started a year and a half ago in a downtown Reidsville restaurant on Valentine’s weekend. Now through June and July, all of Vaughan’s weekends are booked with gigs.

“It’s what I want to do with my life. If singing and playing doesn’t work out, I’m going to school to be a music producer,” said Vaughan. “It’s a big part of my life and I’m glad.”

The greatest reward for Vaughan is the love from his audience.

“I like when people are singing along with the song. Seeing somebody enjoy what you’re doing just inspires me to keep doing it. It’s not the money; it’s just seeing other people relate to what I’m doing.”

As for inspiration, Vaughan has mostly written love songs.

“I went through a break up a few months ago and it was rough for me so I just started writing about it. That was my second song, ‘It’s Hard to Tell.’” As for a favorite place to sing and play, Vaughan loves Uptown Charlie’s north of Greensboro.

“It’s a sports bar restaurant kind of thing. The people there are really nice. I’ve played there four or five times this year and it’s kind of like going home.”

Vaughan plans to always play music, but also hopes to achieve a steady income in the future.

“The other day I saw a guy, probably like 45 years old, playing in a bar,” he said. “I don’t really want to do that. I told myself if I’m not able to make a steady income by 20 years old, I’m still going to play music, that’s part of my life but I’m not going to try to make a career out of playing gigs. I want a steady income and family kind of thing.”

Vaughan enjoys the simple pleasures that come in songwriting. He described one of the highlights to be when he and his father wrote a song together.

“One time me and my dad wrote a song in 15 minutes and it just kind of clicked. That was really cool to see that. It just felt really good and it was really good to listen to too.”

Interesting in hearing Jacob Vaughan’s music?

Come see him play at Greensboro’s Fun on the 4th Festival or check him out on Facebook at !

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