For Boston based vocalist Valerie Giglio, its all about bringing that old-school sound back and pairing it with contemporary elements of today's pop music. She has a distinctive lush, retro style and sound with a modern edge that makes her unique in today's music world. Her vocals are evocative and dramatic, ranging from touching, soft, and sweet to soaring powerhouse textures.
Valerie got her start in the music scene while singing in several bands during her college and law school days. Singing across many genres from Blues to Classic Rock, R&B, and dance tunes - she developed an ability to combine these genres in her delivery and performance as a energetic lead singer. But it was the opportunity provided to her by the late Boston jazz legend Al Vega that truly molded her into the artist that she is today. Valerie was a featured vocalist with the Al Vega Trio for many years, performing with Al and appearing at great Boston area venues including Sculler's Jazz Club. Valerie has had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the Boston area's finest musicians. In 2009, she partnered with Al and his Trio on her first CD release entitled "Songbook", a collection of her favorite standards from the Great American Songbook reinterpreted in her own unique style.
But it was Valerie’s many travels to Italy and her love of its vibrant music scene served as the muse for her second CD "The Italian Project", an Italian-themed album released in 2011 which includes swing and blues tunes from the era of La Dolce Vita as well as Italian contemporary songs and Italian versions of classic American hits - showcasing even more of her ability, range, and depth as an vocalist while staying true to her retro styling. As a solo artist, Valerie performs locally throughout the New England area as well as internationally. Valerie is a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammy's) as well as the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and maintains an independent record label (Palma Records).
On June 1, 2014, Valerie suffered a massive brain stem stroke which left her completely paralyzed on the left side, confined to a wheelchair, and unable to move her head. Unfortunately, the stroke also claimed her vocal cord resulting in the total loss of her singing voice at the height of her musical career. Valerie's stroke was caused by a rare condition called a Vertebral Artery Dissection. Valerie jerked her neck too quickly one morning while turning to look at her alarm clock, tearing both neck arteries leading to her brain and causing a life-threatening brain stem stroke.
She spent the first months in Massachusetts General Hospital/Spaulding Rehab followed by almost a year of daily continuous therapy to relearn how to walk, use her arm and hand, and sing again. Sheer determination and refusal to give up have clearly played a role in her rehabilitation. Valerie's recovery has been deemed miraculous and now she walks and uses her arm as normal, and she has regained her singing voice, is performing once again, and working on several upcoming projects. Stay tuned!