the California kid.

country + west.

ANNA VAUS is The California Kid, and that nickname is the title of her debut EP released on September 28. "I'm guilty as charged when it comes to writing songs about where I come from," says the Poway, CA native. "It's made me who I am. So many different characters and stories have grown out of a place I love so much. I find a dark humor in some of them, but I find truth in all of them." Vaus’ deep connection with her home state combined with an ever-growing passion for genuine country music made Nashville the perfect place for her roots to find wings.

In 2016, Vaus was chosen by Miranda Lambert as the first recipient of the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund which awards a female singer/songwriter a scholarship to attend Belmont University. Later that year, she was featured in Belmont’s Best of the Best Showcase. Vaus signed a publishing deal with Black River Entertainment in 2017 and this year she was chosen as one of six up-and-coming songwriters in AIMP’s Class of 2018 as well as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2019. The music video for her song “Day Job” is currently featured on CMT’s 24/7 music channel, CMT Music. She is signed with CAA and has opened for major country artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Jon Pardi, Old Dominion and Hunter Hayes and regularly plays shows and songwriter rounds at various Nashville venues, including The Bluebird Cafe. But no matter where she plays or who it's with, for Vaus it’s always all about the song.


We can always use more songwriters that are completely devoted to their craft, and it seems like Vaus is one of those. Her writing style is classic, yet innovative.
— Queens of Country