Victoria Davitt (born October 17, 1978), better known by stage name Victoria Vox, is a singer, songwriter and musician specializing in the ukulele. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin,〔(December 2, 2005). "Ukulele stylist on tour", ''The Honolulu Advertiser'', p. T11.〕 Vox now resides in Maryland when not on tour.
''The Baltimore Sun'' notes her influences as including The Cranberries, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Patty Griffin, Sting, and Peter Gabriel.〔Sessa, Sam (September 14, 2006). "Meet the band: Victoria Vox", ''The Baltimore Sun'', p. T5.〕
== History ==
At age 16, Vox spent a year living in France, living with a French family and becoming fluent in the French language. She began playing the guitar at age 17, a year before entering the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.,〔Palisin, Steve (August 24, 2007). "Musician showcases ukulele, teaches others", Knight Ridder Tribune Business News. Originally published in ''The Sun News''〕 where she lived in the same dorm as singer-songwriter John Mayer who said he wrote the song ''Victoria'' from his 1999 EP Inside Wants Out about her.〔http://mayersongs.wikispaces.com/〕 While at Berklee, she recorded her first record collaboration, performing with a band in ''Victoria and the Ultra Pink Bicycle Incident''. In 2000, she graduated with honors from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting.〔Wulff, June (August 12, 2010). "Uke it up", ''The Boston Globe'', p. G3.〕 After her graduation, she moved briefly to Nashville, Tennessee. Shortly after, she moved to England where she released an acoustic record of emotional material entitled ''Still''.
After moving back to Green Bay in 2003, she committed herself to a career as a professional musician and in 2004 formed a group called Tres Femmes with singer/songwriters Kellie Lin Knott of Minneapolis and Stolie of Chicago. They released a self-titled acoustic cd and toured nationally.〔Irwin, Tom. "A ukulele lady like you", ''Illinois Times'', March 9–15, 2006, vol. 31, no. 30.〕 Vox began to add bass and ukulele to the group's music and in 2004 she recorded ''In Between'', an acoustic EP that began to experiment with more pop sounds than her previous work. Following this release, the ukulele became her primary instrument and fans requested an album focusing on the uke.〔 In 2006, she released her first album of ukulele music through Obus Records. The album was entitled ''Victoria Vox and Her Jumping Flea''〔Harada, Wayne (January 8, 2006). "Colo. artist shares love of ukulele on 'Her Jumping Flea'", ''The Honolulu Advertiser'', p. D4.〕 because "jumping flea" is the literal translation of the Hawaiian word "ukulele". While on tour in Hawaii in 2006, Vox was offered an endorsement with KoAloha Ukuleles of Honolulu, Hawaii.〔(January 29, 2006). "(Victoria Vox ...And Her Jumping Ukulele )", Playback:stl. Retrieved December 2, 2010.〕 Though her professional, performance repertoire contains little traditional Hawaiian ukulele music, with the 2008 release of Chameleon, Vox gained renown for her use of the ukulele with pop music.〔"Interview with Victoria Vox" July 20, 2009 www.liveukulele.com〕 She is currently also sponsored by Mya-Moe Ukuleles and Petros. Vox is featured in a short segment in the extras on the DVD release of ''Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog'', a 2010 documentary on the ukulele.
Victoria Vox has toured the US,〔Roberts, Shearon (June 25, 2006). "'Hawaiians at Heart' Sit, Strum and Spread the Ukulele Love", ''The Washington Post'', p. C6.〕 and plays over 125 performance dates annually,〔Botch, Don (June 17, 2010). "('My fans became my record label' – Victoria Vox's tale of perseverance )", ''Reading Eagle''. Retrieved December 19, 2010.〕 including ukulele festivals in NYC, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Paris, Sarzana (Italy) and Cairns (Australia). She has been featured on NPR, and her song "America" from ''Jumping Flea'' was featured on the A&E show ''Random 1''.
Vox was the runner-up in the International Acoustic Music Awards for 'My Darlin' Beau' (''Jumping Flea''), and later won First place for 'C'est Noyé' ("Chameleon") in the same competition. She has been profiled in Relix magazine's "On the Verge: 5 Artists You Should Know" section.〔"On the Verge: 5 Artists You Should Know" ''Relix Magazine'', Feb/March 2007〕
In December 2009, Victoria Vox performed mouth trumpet in the "Meal or No Meal" segment on ''The Jay Leno Show''. After being discovered by producers on YouTube.com, she auditioned over the phone, performing Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". For ''The Jay Leno Show'', Vox performed a cover of Europe's "The Final Countdown" despite her own preference for her original music. Vox was awarded a gift certificate for eight to the Japanese restaurant Benihana for her performance in the segment, which included a solo performance of the "mouth trumpet" which she produces by singing through slightly parted lips, on the right side of her mouth.〔Sessa, Sam. "Victoria Vox appears on the Jay Leno Show", Midnight Sun, ''Baltimore Sun'', December 4, 2009.〕
Sony BMG and Austrian artist Valerie Sajdik recorded "Noyé" ("C'est Noyé" penned by Victoria Vox) on her 2010 release, Ich Bin Du Bist.
Other recent awards (2010–12) include six Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) (for Folk – Contemporary Vocalist, Contemporary Album of the Year, and Fan Favorite) and the people's vote for the "Vox Pop" award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year (''Exact Change'') in 10th Annual Independent Music Awards.〔http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/artist/victoria-vox〕 She is also a member of 1% for the Planet.
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