Valerie is a seasoned artist development coach and celebrity vocal coach, as well as an active performing singer-songwriter. In her 20-plus years in the industry, she’s worked with the likes of Edgar Winter, Neil Diamond, Juliette Lewis, and award-winning songwriter-producer Andre Lindal – to name a few.
As a vocal coach, Valerie works with beginners and young children all the way to established celebrities and working television/stage/studio performers. Her approach rapidly assesses an artist’s primary vocal issues and isolates the fundamental techniques to improve their vocal quality, control, strength and range. Her clients have performed with such artists as Chaka Khan, Jessica Simpson, Beck, and others, as well as in productions like “So You Think You Can Dance” and Disney’s “The Cheetah Girls.”
Valerie’s unique Artist Development Program addresses a range of skills and disciplines, personalized to each client, including vocal coaching and production, audition preparation, songwriting and music theory, record company pitch preparation, and effective promotion. Many of her students have booked TV shows, films, and secured recording contracts while on her programs. And for more than 15 years, she has produced a twice-yearly showcase, bringing her artists before hundreds of entertainment industry professionals which has resulted in record deals with Virgin and Geffen Records, starring roles in hit Broadway shows like The Falsettos, Les Miserables, and Saturday Night Fever, and general career acceleration.
Valerie’s own career as an artist started in her teens when New York City radio began playing an original song by her band Gypsy. She has starred in principal roles in Equity productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Carmen, and Three Penny Opera; recorded with The Wilson Sisters, Neil Diamond, Edgar Winter, and Chick Corea; and had her own songs recorded by many other artists, including David Arkenstone.