‘they say’ By LACES, FLAVIA, BELLSAINT and Amanda Brown
Originally appeared on Curve.
Being a survivor is not about defining trauma, but rather finding the strength to rise above it. Jessica Vaughn, professionally known as LACES and owner of Head Bitch Music, learned this the hard way during her journey to heal after sexual assault.
Propelled into the spotlight at a young age, Jessica was signed to Geffen under the moniker Charlotte Sometimes, before facing what’s been called “the holy trinity of horror stories of women in music:” being overmedicated by her team, sexually assaulted, and dumped by her label. Uncovering that strength, she’s since reinvented herself as both an artist and a powerhouse in the industry.
“they say” contains references to outdated adages and intrusive microaggressions that haunt most survivors, especially women and female-presenting folks—then it pushes through to self-actualization.