Vaughn, Keli : Why
Keli Vaughn was born in Chatham, Ontario to supportive and loving parents, who recognized that their oldest child loved to perform. As a willing audience, they were more than receptive to their daughter's love of music, dance and theatre, and encouraged her at every opportunity. She would often be found by her kindergarten teacher in a corner of the classroom, singing and performing for her classmates. Her teachers, perhaps realizing that it's best to fight fire with fire, showcased her in almost every school play, allowing her to sing solo and perform small skits. In high school, Keli became an active member of the choir and drama society. She won the Best Supporting Actress award in her first high school drama competition and her destiny was set. For her year-end music test, she was allowed to sing for her exam, and got an A+ for her performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Pie Jesu' at the school recital. Her outgoing personality and love of the stage made her a perfect fit for the amateur theatre groups in the area, and she was able to indulge both her love of acting and singing in numerous plays. She continued to work on her voice, strengthening her coloratura soprano, with a goal towards a career in musical theater and opera. Over the next few years, she continued to get both small and large parts in local theatrical productions, and was hired as the lead singer in a local band, Up 'n' Run'n. She sang with them for over a year, relishing the opportunity to perform on the stage. After her marriage in 1997 to a naval man, she moved to Victoria, British Columbia. Her music career was put aside for almost two years, until her husband was flying back from Ontario one summer and happened to be sitting next to a woman whose husband was a music producer. Keli met Bob Benson in 1999 and hired him to help produce her debut CD, 'Why'. With the extensive help of her collaborator, Joseph McInnes, Keli wrote more than twenty songs over the next nine months, and she, Joe, and Bob chose the ten best to go on the album. The last six years have been a labour of love, with blood, sweat and tears producing an album that everyone involved with can be more than pleased with. Keli's first love is still musical theatre and opera (her life's dream is to play Christine in 'The Phantom of the Opera'), but the work she has done on her debut CD is her proudest achievement yet. She will be forever grateful to Joe McInnes and Bob Benson, and especially so to her helpful, devoted husband, Ian.