About Valerie Ghent

Recording artist, singer, songwriter, musician, producer, arranger & recording engineer, powerhouse Valerie Ghent is a tour de force of nonstop commitment to a life of music. In addition to her five albums and two singles, #1 hit songs on iHeart Radio and Jazz Radio France, Valerie’s artistry is shaped by 20+ years touring, performing and recording music royalty Ashford & Simpson, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Debbie Harry, Billy Preston and many more.

A native New Yorker with a bluesy, funky piano style and a stunning 3 1/2 octave range, Valerie wows audiences with her emotive, evocative voice, piano chops to match, and “soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy.” An outstanding live performer, she weaves together an irresistible blend of blues, soul, R+B and jazz, touching hearts of fans around the world.

As solo recording artist, Valerie has written and produced five albums, two singles and launched a smash #1 hit with ‘Love Enough for a Lifetime’. Soultracks awarded her album ‘Velours’ one of the Top 50 Albums of 2016, with her single ‘New York City Streets’ hailed by critics as “a new anthem for NYC”. Valerie regularly tours and records in France (performing in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Aix, Cannes, Toulon) where her 2018 single, Feelin Alright, hit #1 on Jazz Radio France.

Longtime recording engineer with Ashford & Simpson, Valerie has recorded Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, Maya Angelou, Sir Cliff Richard and dozens of top artists.

A strong advocate for the healing power of music, Valerie founded NYC nonprofit Feel the Music, and founded Songwriter’s Beat, a concert series for performing songwriters & new songs, which continues to offer songwriting workshops free for ASCAP members. Valerie is a voting member of both NARAS & NARAS Producers & Engineers wing, and a writer/publisher member of ASCAP and SACEM (France).

Valerie's Skills

  • Co-Writer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Music Editor
  • Producer
  • Programmer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Sound Designer
  • Studio Musician
  • Touring Musician
  • Vocal Producer

Valerie's Genres

  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Funk
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • Reggae
  • Soul
  • World