Joel Vaughn grew up in the church and dreamed of pursuing one passion: To create music and lead people to Jesus. He never really thought of doing anything else. The son of a Pastor and a Worship Leader He learned much about music while singing and playing with his 4 siblings. Though he spent many years pursuing his college degree and leading worship while on staff at different churches, He finally earned his college degree in 2012 and then stepped out to pursue full time music ministry in 2013.
His sound continues to evolve with a tone that is uniquely set between sensible pop and smooth R&B vocals. With his first label signed EP “Kinetic” in 2016, He pushed his musical boundaries with production leaning toward Pop and EDM. He had always wanted to create music with that sound in mind. It was a success and that EP resulted in a Billboard top 20 hit with his very first radio single “Wide Awake”.
In 2017 He toured the U.S. on the heels of the success of “Kinetic” and with that momentum He released his second EP “Surrender”. That release drew national attention with his single “As You Are”. That song also charted in the Billboard Hot AC chart top 20. The "Surrender" EP was later nominated for “EP of The YEAR” in New Release Today's “We Love Christian Music Awards.”
In 2018 Joel was featured in the film “God’s Not Dead: A Light In Darkness” while performing his song “Alive in Us” which also appeared on the Official Movie Soundtrack.
He released his single “Pray It Up” this year and it debuted at #42 on the Billboard Christian National Airplay chart and gained a million streams within 4 months across all streaming services. Joel's EP “Control Vol 1" released this summer and featured the current hit "Pray It Up" as well as many other future favorites.
Joel lives in Nashville, TN with his wife of 12 years and their two children.