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Countess Vaughn

[Countess Vaughn] as Kim Parker

Countess Vaughn stars as the spirited Kim Parker, the title character's best friend, in UPN's popular comedy series "Moesha." Vaughn was honored with the 1998 NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in "Moesha."

Vaughn began entertaining at the age of three where she sang in her native Idabel, Oklahoma, church. At age nine, her soulful rendition of the Bacharach/David classic "What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love" resulted in her being named the "Star Search" junior vocalist champion and overall junior champion.

Following that success, Vaughn turned her attention to television with a yearlong stint on the comedy series "227" starring Marla Gibbs. She also guest starred on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Thea," and had recurring roles on "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" and "Roc." Before the age of 18, Vaughn had already appeared in five sitcoms, quite a feat for a small town girl.

She has performed in a variety of television specials including "The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars"; "Magical World of Disney"; "The Orange Bowl Parade"; and "The Easter Seals Telethon." Her vocal talents were also featured on NBC's Today Show. In addition to her music and television work, Vaughn had a role in the off-Broadway musical "Mama, I Want to Sing, Part 2."

The young performer knew she wanted to perform since she was five. She remembers listening early on to gospel great Mahalia Jackson, jazz/blues great Dinah Washington and R&B/pop diva Whitney Houston. These women were important influences of the emerging artist and hints of their vocal prowess can be heard when Vaughn sings.

In 1992, Vaughn finally got around to releasing the album record executives had been urging her to record since she came to national attention via "Star Search" in 1988. That album, "Countess," displays the full range of her vocal skills on cuts that run the musical gamut - from upbeat dance tunes to heartfelt ballads including "Unconditionally," written by Michael Bolton and Randy Goodrum.

At age 19, Vaughn knows there's nothing she'd rather be doing than performing and takes the glare of the showbiz spotlight in her stride.

She makes her home in Los Angeles.

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