The Valerie Troutt JazzSoul Quartet presents a unique blend of music influenced by Jazz, gospel and world music. Some of Valerie's musical influences are: Dianne Reeves, Walter Hawkins, Bjork, Brian Blade and Meshellndegocello.
MoonCandy is Valerie's soulful house ensemble featuring the inspirational voices & composition of some of the EastBays most understated jazz,soul,blues and Gospel Singers. MoonCandy is church without the politics... soulful, uplifting and fabulous!
Valerie Troutt and "The Sound of Peace"
Bay-area born and bred, jazz and gospel trained, and internationally respected, Valerie Troutt is a musical collagist, borrowing from ancestral centuries of sound, channeling spirits, and delivering the stories of our love, loss, and lives. There’s a light in this unapologetically unconventional artist/teacher/activist for whom art and activism are intertwined. Within this spiritual and social justice-driven performer is a lifelong hunger for craft, for connection, for cultural narratives and an indefatigable thirst to serve as an agape griot to a waiting and hurting people. The Sound of Peace, her long-awaited, full-length debut comes after a critically acclaimed EP and several wizening years culminating in Valerie Troutt’s acceptance of her own original artistic difference in a world of commercial carbon copies.
~L. Michael Gipson, Faithwalks 2013
Valerie Troutt is one of few young modern singers creating stylistic change in the vocal jazz tradition. Some of her accomplishments include Song of the day NPR April 2006,
touring as a member of Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, being a resident artist at the Red Poppy Art House of San Francisco, Performing at the "Best of the East Bay Festival 2009" and accompanying the Embodiment Project at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show 2011.
Currently Valerie is the lead vocalist with "The Congress" a JazzSoul ensemble lead by trumpeter Marcus Cohen. She is the music director of both "MoonCandy" live house music ensemble and dancer Nicole Klaymoons "Embodiment Project's, House of Matter". Valerie is not just a singer songwriter but a leader in the Oakland arts community opening doors for those willing to create, develop and present progressive change.
Earning her BFA in Jazz studies at the New School University in New York. This Oakland, California girl has established herself as a consummate composer with soul tinged songs that are dynamic and noteworthy. Her songs are energetic yet heartfelt offering a taste of expression and freedom crossing many musical genres. Her ability to create an astonishing repertoire of diverse songs will make her one of the important singer-songwriters of the 21st century. Dianne Reeves comments on her first musical encounter of Valerie stating, "Valerie is energetic, spontaneous and ready." Valerie Troutt is certainly a fearless force to watch for in the years to come.