A Countess Vaughn

A Countess Vaughn

Countess Vaughn


The following content comes from the Countess Vaughn ‘How To Build Your Personal Brand’ talk on YouTube. The presentation is about personal branding and how to strategically promote yourself as an individual so you can stand out from the crowd in your industry.


Countess Danielle Vaughn was born August 8, 1978 in Idabel, Oklahoma, a small town of approximately 7500 people. She was born to Sandra & Leo Vaughn who taught in the local schools. Very early Countess established herself as a young singer with a dynamic voice. In 1988, she sang her way to stardom by becoming Star Search Junior Vocalist Champion. From there her TV career was born. She co-starred on NBC's "227". She had recurring roles on "Hangin' With Cooper," and "Roc." In 1995 she was a part of the original cast of "Moesha" playing the role of Kim Parker. In 1999 UPN's "The Parkers" debuted with Countess starring in this "Moesha" spinoff. Also in 1999 she was a part of the cast of the movie, "Trippin'". From the NAACP she has received The Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Award, and in 1998 she received that organization's "Image Award." Future plans are to do an album and act in more movies. For nine years, first on Moesha and then on The Parkers, actress Countess Vaughn was a fixture of African-American living rooms, a star on the television programs that topped measures of black viewership. The youthful Vaughn mastered a broad, sassy style of comedy with deep roots in African-American performance traditions, portraying the boy-chasing Kim Parker and developing a set of trademark mannerisms that never grew old. Vaughn, who married Joseph James in 2002, is an example of child star who grew successfully into an adult career; she began performing when she was 10.

When Vaughn was nine, someone—she didn't know who—sent a tape of her singing to the producers of television's Star Search program, and she was selected to appear on the show in 1988. Her rendition of the Dionne Warwick hit "What the World Needs Now" earned her the titles of junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion. She also had the presence of mind to mention during her performances that the situation comedy 227 was her favorite show, and that led to a year-long role on the program. Guest slots on Thea and on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air opposite Will Smith followed, as did recurring roles on Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and Roc. In 1992 Vaughn released an album entitled Countess on the Virgin label. The album featured a ballad, "Unconditionally," co-written by one of the leading vocal stars of the day, Michael Bolton. Executives had been trying to persuade her to record ever since her Star Search turn, but Vaughn waited until her voice was more mature. (Source: biography.jrank.org)



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