The land of music - that’s where she lived as a child. Not in a town, or a small house, or in some remote area of Alaska. She lived in music - and loved to put on records (remember those?), and lie on the floor, and close her eyes, and sing along, and be transported. Valerie Markell Gallagher was lucky; her parents loved music too, and had a great collection, and somewhat eclectic musical tastes. In those early years she listened to everything from the Classical Masters and Jazz Greats, to Peter, Paul and Mary, The Mamas and the Papas, Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, Grand Funk, Iron Butterfly and the Beatles.
As an adolescent, Valerie discovered the joys of songwriting while learning to strum a Sears’s guitar. Still, being a somewhat shy soul, Val played mostly for herself and close friends and family. It was many years before she would bring her gifted voice, and great love of music out into the world.
All it takes is one moment, and transformation happens. It was one such moment, in the steamy little kitchen of a rented waterfront bungalow on the shores of the Hood Canal in Washington State in 2008, that Valerie embraced a choice, to leave a 20-year career in the healing arts, and to turn once again, to music, her music, and this time share it with the world.
Since then, Valerie has become known throughout the Pacific Northwest as a silky, smooth, and powerful, folk/rock style song-stress, reminiscent of by gone balladeers. Her songs are soulful, deep, and heartfelt. Val’s voice has often been compared to that of Nana Mouskouri, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Grace Slick, and Mary Black. Her recently released 2nd CD/Album, “Collage”, has been met with great enthusiasm.
What others are saying:
Valerie Markell's music is a breath of fresh air. In a world of cookie cutter artists she stands out as original. Her voice is that of an angel, pure and honest. She has the ability to convey a song so that each listener feels as though it is a message intended for them. This level of honesty and openness in a performance is rare indeed. And in my opinion only attainable by a talented seasoned veteran performer. Like a fine wine or perfectly seasoned culinary treat Valerie's music is engaging... it awakens the senses... and in as much as it is richly satisfying leaves you wanting more. You owe it to yourself to listen to her music. It's a journey that will touch your heart and lift your spirits.
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