Val & Dave began singing together six years ago, and found their voices worked together to form unusual harmonies that seemed to twine and blossom as they continued to hone their musical union. Dave began playing guitar and writing songs during his junior year of high school in Waukegan, IL, and by the 80s he had developed a portfolio of some of the best songs no one had ever heard. Some did find their way to the stage with several bands that played at bowling alleys and Chinese restaurants. He has continued to write songs across many genres, and his greatest influences have been Gene Pitney, Elvis Costello, The Beatles, Dylan, and Herb Eimerman of the Britanicas. Val began singing at 11 in New York City, and was privileged to spend three summers at Manhattan School of Music where she was trained classically, although she was also influenced by Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, and Anita Baker, among others. She performed in concerts with several choirs in her teens, and performed in Community Theater as well. When she arrived in Florida in 1995 she began singing with the SW Florida Symphony Chorus, and Dave, who came to Florida in 2000, joined her in this endeavor in 2009 as they began to meld their passion for music, marrying in 2010. Now they collaborate on songs Dave has written, creating new versions, as well as new songs, that combine their musical passion and skill.
In 2014 they found a superb creative outlet at the Songwriters Circle where they were introduced to an extraordinary group of musicians and learned about the ACMA and its mission. Through this group Val & Dave learned about The Connection, another wonderful venue where singer/songwriters can perform original music. As a result, they became associated with Hope by Song, and have recently written a piece based on one of the stories posted by victims of abuse, addiction, homelessness or PTSD that has not been heard; they hope the power of music and this tribute can help heal some wounds. From other musicians they met at The Connection they heard about Old Fogies where they have had the privilege of sharing one more delightful acoustic open mic stage. When they are not singing or writing songs, Dave drives for PI Limousine and Valerie is a special education teacher in Lee County and a doctoral student hoping to complete her degree this summer.