Tonight on Feature Artist we place the music of Valerie Ghent. Two albums are featured – first from 2016 – Velours and from 2012 – Day To Day Dream.
Valerie Ghent (born May 2, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and recording engineer from New York City. She began by playing the piano at age three and started taking cello lessons at the age of five before beginning to write songs when she was eight years old. Valerie later began her performing career when she joined Dizzy and the Romilars at the age of 15.
Valerie is a longtime keyboardist, vocalist and engineer with Ashford & Simpson. As a solo artist Valerie has released five albums under her own name: Unstoppable (1996), Day to Day Dream (2012), Muse (2014), Velours (2016), and The French Sessions (2017), and a remake of the Ben E. King hit Supernatural Thing (2013). Her first solo album, Unstoppable, was self-recorded with Jimmy Biondolillo employed as co-producer. In 2012 the single “Love Enough For a Lifetime” from Day to Day Dream hit #1 on iHeart Radio. Velours, which features 11 original songs written by Ghent, was recorded in the South of France and in New York. SoulTracks named Velours one of the Top 50 Albums of 2016.
Valerie has toured, performed and recorded with world-renowned artists including Ashford & Simpson, Debbie Harry, Defunkt, Valerie Simpson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Billy Preston, TM Stevens, and has worked as a recording engineer with Ashford & Simpson, Sir Cliff Richard, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Luther Vandross.
Valerie started performing and touring in France in 2014 with French musicians affiliated with Association BLUES’UP, and recorded two more albums, Velours (2016) in New York and the South of France, and The French Sessions (2017), the latter recorded entirely in France and released on the Blanc Musiques label. – Wikipedia