Haeley Vaughn is on her way to becoming Country-Pop’s next darling with a genuine optimism and enthusiasm for singing that cannot be deterred. Her passion for music was cultivated in Tucson, Arizona- in the bathtub at just three years old. She spent her childhood belting out tunes to anyone who would listen and explored every possible outlet of performance. From singing in school and church choirs, to gymnastics and cheerleading, it was clear that Haeley was born for the spotlight. Picking up the guitar at 13, this spunky gal taught herself simple melodies and learned to play along to some of her favorite songs by the Dixie Chicks and The Judd’s – country music her mother introduced at a young age and inevitably turned into a household favorite.
At 16, the summer right before her junior year in high school, she tried out for Season 9 of American Idol. She toted her brand new red guitar to the Idol auditions in Denver where she became an immediate judge and fan favorite. During the last round of American Idol’s “Hollywood Week”, Simon Cowell gave the news that Haeley had won herself a spot on the coveted TOP 24 and things finally felt like they were falling into place. Haeley moved on to the seasons live shows and finished as one of the top ten females of the overall TOP 20. After gaining recognition for her stint on the famous show, Haeley’s next step was obvious if she wanted to make it in the biz: a move to Nashville.