Valerie has never been content to live the way anyone else wants her to. Which is why, when her peers were obsessing over Britney, Christina, BSB and NSYNC, she was looking to the past, to her parents' record collection.
The Monkees were her boy band of choice. Her failure to fit in resulted in having few friends beyond the notebook she always seemed to have at her disposal. Valerie relentlessly begged for a guitar at the age of 13, which was purchased under the agreement that she would teach herself how to play. So she did, looking up tabs for her favorite songs and learning how to play them by ear. At the age of 15, everything changed. Music now was a passion, and transitioning from horrible teenage poetry to songwriting seemed like the next step. Michelle Branch's "Everywhere" was a big hit that year, and her love of the song and the fact that a fellow teenager was writing her own songs, telling her own stories, made Valerie want to do the exact same thing. The songs kept coming, and as the years have gone by, Valerie has gone from being a singer-songwriter to much more. She is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer. She plays guitar (acoustic and electric), bass, piano, ukulele, mandolin, as well as the other instruments she has lying around (didgeridoo, autoharp, harmonica). Valerie's songs tell stories of loneliness, of pain, of being misunderstood, of lost love, and of self-discovery.