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“Valerie Troutt's voice is a thing of rare beauty -- stunning in its deceptive simplicity and expressive without resorting to melismatic melodrama. Troutt approaches her imaginative lyrics with stirring conviction, but she never oversells the song.”

““Jazz vocalist Valerie Troutt is unquestionably one of the best … songwriters around. Armed not only with a pure-toned voice but a preternatural sense of rhythm … Troutt has the power to turn listeners into avid fans in the course of a few bars.” —Rachel Swan, East Bay Express ”

Rachel Swan - THe EastBay Express

““This age of American Idol and Disney-approved singers has no room for a big, brassy woman who takes no shit and can really belt one out. From Big Mama Thornton to Etta James all the way to Patti Labelle, every generation has had one but ours. It's like when Chuck D asked all those years ago, "Who stole the soul?" Thank goddess for Valerie Troutt and the Fear Of a Fat Planet Crew. During college Valerie was mentored by jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Troutt approaches R&B standards, house grooves, and her original socially conscious jazz and soul compositions with the verve of the missing masters.” -D. Scot Miller, S.F. Weekly.”

D. Scott Miller - SF Weekly