“There’s no room for ego when you are trying to tell the truth,” says LACES, an artist whose journey through music is as much about personal exploration as it is about expression. Her music speaks to the soul’s journey through the trials of life and the healing that follows. “I always want my songs to be open for interpretation so others can attach their own narratives to my lyrics,” she confides, revealing the heart of a creator who pours her entire being into her art. Her latest release is a catchy pop number with a strong chorus that encapsulates the essence of transformation—a vocal expression of leaving behind what no longer serves and embracing the growth that comes from such departures.
In our interview, we talk about the complexities of personal relationships, the balancing act between different creative outlets, and the grounding force of a supportive community.
photography by Shari Hoffman
“None of You” delves into the aftermath of a relationship and the transformation it brings. Is there a personal experience that inspired this track?
I think there are a few experiences that inspired me. One with a past lover who was quite toxic with narcissistic qualities and honestly, my relationship with a family member. I wanted to explore the feeling of how you can be forever changed by someone, left with pieces of yourself, and they can still remain unaffected.
The theme of the song also revolves around change and self-recognition. How has your own journey of self-acceptance influenced the lyrics and tone of this single?
I am not sure this song is about self-acceptance or self-recognition, but it’s interesting that you pulled that. I always want my songs to be open for interpretation so others can attach their own narratives to my lyrics. I have done a lot of work on my personal growth, but this track is more about catharsis and the release of regret, betrayal, disappointment, and anger towards someone who took me for a ride. I had to get it out so it doesn’t eat me up inside. I am a deeply sensitive person and give everything to the people I love, so this is me releasing some of that lingering hurt.
How do you handle the different worlds of writing adult-alt pop songs as LACES and creating music for Hasbro cartoons under Jessica Vaughn?
They use different parts of my brain. I love writing music that allows me to be more light-hearted because when I write for my artist project, it’s more of a release of emotions and journaling.
“I am a deeply sensitive person and give everything to the people I love, so this is me releasing some of that lingering hurt.”
Do you have a songwriting ritual?
I don’t – I just try not to second guess myself and stay out of the way of the song. There’s no room for ego when you are trying to tell the truth.
The music industry has seen significant changes over the years. How do you stay relevant and true to yourself amidst these shifts?
Eyes on my own paper. How people choose to participate in the industry is really none of my business. I can only control how I want to show up and what resonates with my spirit.
Your songs often mine bleak spaces for hope. In today’s world, where do you find glimmers of hope and inspiration yourself?
I am lucky I have a truly supportive team and group of friends. They constantly prove to me that there is some good out there worth holding on to.
“There’s no room for ego when you are trying to tell the truth.”
How do you choose song titles?
Ha – um… honestly, I just wing it every time.
With such a rich past in the music industry, what are your aspirations for the future, both as LACES and Jessica Vaughn?
To leave this industry safer and more equitable for all. Otherwise, what happens will likely be out of my hands. I can promise you that I will always be creating, though.
Are there any collaborations or projects you’re particularly excited about in the near future?
Always! I will be releasing a new EP called “Little Death” next year. I got to work with one of my favorite songwriters, Dan Layus, on the title track. I am so excited!