Washington, D.C., USA

Independent Rock

Fox is a performing singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who writes rock, Americana, folk, and pop music as a solo artist and with Jean’s TV and This Dream.

Contact info: (732) 309-5861,


Keeping time, keeping the beat, finding my rhythm has always been an important quest for me.

When I was 10, my babysitter became my first fan when he noticed I was keeping time to the Beatles tune, In My Life, by clanging a spoon against my drink glass. By 12, I was finding my rhythm by fiddling on the piano and writing songs for fun. Through my teen years, I joined everything from southern rock to punk bands, all with cheesy names. No matter the outlet, I continued exploring the unique cadences in my soul, and that search has never ended.

Becoming a musician, songwriter, or artist of any type isn’t easy, but the creativity at the core of these callings is within each of us. Yes, even you – the science teacher, the lobbyist, the stay-at-home parent – have a unique pulse inside of you, a tempo for your life. For me, the patterns inside resonate most when I strum the guitar and try to find a new tune. As a song emerges, I often hesitate to press on, but my guitar is more faithful to me than I am to it. I put it down, it seems, more often than I pick it up. But the rhythms and melodies keep coming, and I keep finding my life in them.

Through music I can see more clearly and explore more deeply the trajectories of life, which are not always what we expect. Music gives me a vantage point for facing the battles, entering the chaos, and seeing the beauty in a world that can sometimes be painfully mundane. Music is a place where I can keep time, without losing time, never missing a beat.

These days, I practice and play locally, sharing the rhythms I hold most dear with the communities I treasure most. Alexandria, Del Ray, and Old Town are my stomping grounds, and you might hear me playing on stage for evening crowds or daytime festivals. Wherever I play, I like to reach audiences with a message that life can be a creative expression of who you are. Life can feel connected to a larger purpose. Life can be full of rhythm and grace.  





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Fox Vernon Releases Debut EP, Ghost

Solo recording from Washington, DC–area singer-songwriter and psychotherapist

available on September 18

ALEXANDRIA, VA — September 4, 2018 — Fox Vernon, a therapist and singer-songwriter, will release his five-track debut EP, Ghost, on September 18. Vernon is joined on the recording by Los Angeles–based drummer Mike Smirnoff; Dave Mallen, a D.C.-area multi-instrumentalist; and others. Mallen — who also owns the Innovation Station Music recording and production studio and is a voting member of the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs) — produced the EP. Vernon will mark the release with a performance at the Evening Star Cafe in Alexandria, Va., on September 20 at 8:00 p.m.

“The primary motivation for recording Ghost was to get my songs out into the world — this is my first album,” Vernon explains. “It centers on questions about God and the point of life, motivated by a series of recent personal losses: family, longtime friends, my dog. It’s about the struggles and grief that arise from the death of someone you love.”

Underneath that was a desire to grow, to establish himself as a musician, and to develop a network of musicians. “I knew I had a lot to learn, and that on my own I wouldn’t be able to realize my vision,” Vernon admits. “When I finally met my producer, Dave, who seemed like someone who could take my songs to the next level, I jumped on the opportunity. Working with him helped me refine both music and lyrics — and, perhaps most important, he got me to finish these songs. That’s probably the hardest thing to do: finish the song. Releasing Ghost has forced me to stand in the pain of sharing my music with others, absorb the reactions — whether positive or negative — learn from them, and move on.”

Ghost will be available on September 18 via all digital music delivery platforms, including Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay. A preview of the album for reviewers only is available at For more information, visit To request a physical review copy, contact the artist directly at

Advance Praise for Ghost

“This vulnerable and courageous album is filled with honest, heartfelt lyrics as Fox effortlessly conveys universal needs and longing. The entire collection of songs resonated with me on many levels, and I appreciated that the band created a lush musical bed that entwined, rather than overpowered, their message.” -- Dave Birckelbaw

Fox Vernon is a gifted multi-instrumentalist with a knack for crafting strong melodies and creating atmosphere. He is also a bit of a riffmeister who excels at song construction.  The Ghost EP lives in a good space production-wise, but also maybe literally--in space. He is searching for something, and he often looks above. Check out "We Need the Stars". -- Dave Ihmels

This is a smart album that I'll refer to in times of trouble and joy, much like a good book.

Disclaimer: Fox and I have been friends for more years than either of us will admit. This fact does not color my opinion of the record. I really like it. If you like music with heart, soul and fun, you'll like Ghost. -- Chuck Denson


Background on Fox Vernon

Like many musical artists, Vernon starting playing at a young age. A percussionist, he focused mostly on orchestral music and competed in all-state bands, attended music camps, and took innumerable lessons. As a student at the summer-long North Carolina Governor’s School, he learned that breaking through in one difficult area of knowledge (what is a 16th note, and how do you sight-read it?) carried over into other areas. Though he attended the school as a percussionist, classes in psychology and philosophy piqued his academic interest. “I’d fallen in love with both disciplines,” says Vernon.

Thus began a years-long back-and-forth between vocation and avocation. ”I’ve stopped and started with music for most of my life,” he laughs. “So there is the story of how I first got started, and then there are all the stories about how I got restarted.”

During his freshman year at Stanford University, Vernon set aside music to pursue other interests, then picked it back up sophomore year, when he began jamming with friends between sociology studies. After graduation, he moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. He frequently played with friends, and then made a decision to prioritize music and started a band, took composition and theory classes at a local college, and started the Chicago Music Co-op, a coalition of singer-songwriters.

He ultimately left the Windy City to test his musical mettle in Los Angeles, where his musician brother, Patrick (The Zookeepers), was living. Vernon got a day job, played in his own band, and worked on songwriting for a couple of years. “My band eventually broke up, and I realized I just wasn't excited about the music industry,” he notes. Vernon decided to go to graduate school in counseling psychology: “I love to empower people. I’ve really benefited from being empowered by others, and from unlocking myself from my fears. Part of that included unlocking my passion to do what I want to do.” He took a break from serious music and earned his Ph.D. in counseling from the University of Southern California in 2003.

“In graduate school, when I was practicing counseling techniques with peers, I started to understand that it was much like learning how to write and perform a song,” Vernon recalls. “After we’d finished trying out a certain counseling skill, we’d get in a circle and give each other feedback, and this reminded me of songwriting circles. I realized that counseling skills were performance skills. I also had a sense of how fluid and subjective these skills were, how much they depended on my authenticity. Counseling wasn’t a purely scientific thing for me, nor a rote skill; instead, it was about embodying and performing the skill as a genuine person, and how improvisation lets the real you shine. And this is true for musical performance. It’s not just playing the correct notes and getting the lyrics right, it’s doing it all with an authenticity that engages and moves the listener.”

Vernon’s career led to teaching stints at Capella University and Rutgers University, and eventually to private practice in the metro DC area. Gradually, he found the time and commitment to give professional and artistic pursuits equal weight. Today he makes music and counsels clients in Alexandria, Va.