Her soulful voice and love of the blues will surprise you when it comes out of this 6 foot tall Ukranian girl- native to New Mexico! Valerie grew up singing the blues with her dad on stage from an early age, picked up the classical guitar at 8, and started writing her own songs by the age of 14. She was a finalist in the Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition in 2004 and in the Albuquerque Folk Competition in 2007. She has played many venues across the country, as a solo artist and with a few bands, and even auditioned in LA for The Voice! Valerie has a deep respect for the honesty and passion it takes to sing and play the blues and she can't wait to bring you to church!