Singer-songwriter Jessica Vaughn knows all too well what it means to survive and rise above trauma — she's been through what one publication called "the holy trinity of horror stories for women in music." After signing a major label deal as her stage persona Charlotte Sometimes in 2008, Vaughn says that she was overmedicated by her team, sexually assaulted and later dropped by her label.
Now, more than a decade later, Vaughn has reinvented herself as Laces, a rising alt-pop artist whose music beautifully blends the lines between the personal and the universal. She's also a businesswoman -- Vaughn owns her own independent label, Head B--ch Music, where she helps other aspiring artists like herself come into their own.
So with her new single "They Say" (listen below), Vaughn says that she wanted to actually address what it means to live through trauma when the society you live in refuses to let you even acknowledge it. Throughout the deeply heartbreaking new song, the singer calls out a number of common sayings that survivors often hear ("What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," "It only hurts you if you let it," "Forgive and forget," etc.) before refusing to accept them.