biography

​​She was born and raised in California, outside of Santa Barbara and spent time between going back and forth from Santa Barbara to Honolulu, Hawaii. Born Victoria Araceli Denise Vann Turnbough on the 14th of July, 1980, with golden blonde hair, and hazel green eyes.  She grew up on a tiny, little farm and spent countless hours with her horses listening to music singing in the mirror with anything resembling a microphone.  Vicki fell in love with country music at an early age, and credits many musical influences, one of which was her father who was one of the founding members of the gospel group, The Mighty Clouds of Joy.  In addition to singing with the multi-Grammy winning gospel group, her father, a Baptist minister, was also the pastor of the church the family attended regularly, and not just only on Sundays, but several days throughout the week, and it's where Vicki started singing.  It was during this time when she began to study ballet and classical piano, and dreamed of becoming an actress.  After singing and performing in various musical  and musical theater productions all throughout her elementary school years, high school, and college, upon graduating with a psychology degree from Occidental College, along with a Master's degree, and a very brief stint as a Kindergarten teacher, Vicki's music career would pull her in the direction of her goals and in June of '98 she set her sights on recording a demo and left for Nashville, Tennessee, also known as "Music City, USA"!   She has since recorded several tracks and played numerous shows locally and internationally with some of the greatest musician players that she considers all 'friends & family', along with collecting fans in 32 countries worldwide!  She was featured in a documentary for Country Music Television (CMT), along with being featured in several articles in print as well as on the web about her story.  New York Times BestSelling author John Connolly sites her in one of his books on the same page with the late DeFord Bailey, the late legend Ray Charles, and the great incomparable Charley Pride as being their only female equivalent!  Vicki self released her 13 track independent CD "Reckless Heart" in June of 2011, along with four accompanying singles which include title track; "Reckless Heart", "This Is Where I Get Off", "White Lies And Picket Fences", and "In The Shadows Of My Steeple".  Currently she is in the studio working on a brand new release.  Vicki Vann is a force to be reckoned with, possessing quite the total package, and definitely worth noticing amid all the buzz.  In addition to her music career, she has a publishing career as well as a brand ambassador in the United States Beer, Wine, and Spirits industry, and serves as the creator, founder, and CEO of her company; Araceli Spirits, LLC., along with a spirit liqueur brand she launched, and both her company and her liqueur bear her name - "Araceli".  Araceli Marigold Liqueur was envisioned and created while traveling the world and working as Editor-in-Chief at Beverage Industry News Magazine (BIN), and as host for Drink Style Media.  It's only evident that her creativity, talent, and entrepreneurial efforts are endless.  









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