Valerie Giglio is a Boston based vocalist, author, music industry professional and stroke awareness advocate. As a vocalist, she possesses a distinctive lush, retro style and sound with a modern rock edge that makes her unique in today's music world.  Her professional music career spans over 2 decades.  

Her first CD was released in 2009 and is entitled "Songbook". It is 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 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 inspired roots. She followed up this release in 2012 with an original song, a cheeky tribute to the Hollywood era called "Hollywood Version of Love" and it was to be included on a forthcoming album of all original music.

Her background as an attorney also led Valerie to found Palma Records and Valmark Publishing.  She is a member of American Society of Composers, Artists, and Performers (ASCAP) and a Voting Member of The Recording Academy (Grammys®).   

But in 2014, Valerie suffered a catastrophic stroke out of nowhere, caused by an innocuous turn of her neck.  The stroke paralyzed her entire left side and confined her to a wheelchair. The stroke also resulted in the total loss of her singing voice and musical ability at a high point of her musical career.  

She spent a year in rehab and relearned to walk and use her left side, and she relearned to sing with the help of endless hours of rehabilitation, literally note by note, also with the help of vocal coach Vykki Vox from The Real School of Music, and the world renowned Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center.   Her story gained national media attention and has been featured in The Boston Globe as well as other media outlets and magazines.

Several months after her stroke, she was asked to perform with many other artists on "900 Voices", a song and video by Grammy® Award winning artist Laura Sullivan. She returned to the stage, performing as a vocalist as soon as she was able to walk and sing again. 

In 2016, she wrote the published memoir “Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist’s Triumph Over Stroke”, which tells the story of her miraculous journey to overcoming paralysis, regaining her singing voice, and returning to the stage just one year later.   The book has garnered excellent reviews by notable outlets including Publisher's Weekly, Portland Book Review, and Reader's Favorite.  It is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, I AM Books Boston, and many other locations.

The success of the book led Valerie to record the audiobook version.  She opted to narrate the audiobook herself because it held special meaning and significance. After her stroke, Valerie was unable to speak for more than short periods of time without losing her breath. Although she did not lose her speaking voice in the stroke, her voice became weak and it was physically challenging to speak at length.  Now, 3 years later, she was physically able to record almost 7 hours worth of audio over an extended time in the recording studio. The audiobook was released in August 2017 and is available on Audible.com, CDBaby.com and through the website.  The audio version features music by Grammy® Award winning artist and composer Laura Sullivan.  It is produced, directed, and engineered by Turkish native, Boston-based producer/songwriter/guitarist, and Berklee College of Music alumni Alper Tuzcu.  It was further edited and mastered by Dreamworld Productions in Lynn, MA.  

As a solo artist, Valerie remains very active in the music industry and continues to perform locally throughout the New England area and internationally.  She is working on several musical projects and collaborates and/or performs with other artists on a regular basis.  

She is a stroke advocate/volunteer with the American Heart Association and has legislatively advocated on behalf of stroke systems of care.  Valerie's story was also featured as a survivor story by the National Stroke Association. She has featured as a donor campaign patient success story for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.  

Valerie holds a B.S. from Salem State University and a J.D. from New England School of Law. She is a member of The Recording Academy, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Audiobook Publisher's Association (APA), and maintains an independent record label and music publishing company (Palma Records and Valmark Publishing).    

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"Giglio more than meets her goal of showing readers that "miracles happen." She deftly explores the "surreal" experience of having a stroke: "Inside you're screaming to get out, but you can't move." Deciding that "the only limitations were the ones I put on myself," Giglio hopes her story and struggles will help others "reach for the stars and dream big."  

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“Writing with a voice both candid and touching, Valerie Giglio creates a memoir well worth reading and full of inspiration...Even for those unfamiliar with Giglio’s style of singing, such a triumph over an unforeseen obstacle speaks to anyone and everyone. Singing In My Own Key truly is a remarkable work of standing inspiration for all, detailing the mental strength and dedication to overcome all frustrations.”  ★★★★1/2 – Portland Book Review 

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"I cannot recommend Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist's Triumph Over Stroke by Valerie L. Giglio highly enough. This is not just a book for singers by a singer. This is a book for all who suffer huge setbacks and think they will never recover or that their lives are over. Valerie proves this is not so...ever! As she clearly illustrates by her remarkable journey back to her former self, healing is a choice. Decide if you want to live forever as you are living now. Then choose. 'Sometimes the only road worth travelling is the hardest one.' Wise, wise words."  - Readers Favorite, 5 Stars

 

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""Singing In My Own Key" is a personal and profound meditation on human resilience. Valerie Giglio is the embodiment of grit and grace. In her moments of darkness, she lit a light with music, which she has shared with the world to illuminate an eternal truth: the human spirit cannot be defeated. A moving and brilliant narrative."  - Kabir Sehgal, New York Times bestselling author & Multi-Grammy Award winner 

 

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The Italian Project & more... 

Yeah, I know it's been too long...I've been holed up in the studio finishing The Italian Project.  So excited....had the honor of working with some of the BEST musicians in Boston (and beyond for that matter).  Dave Buda on bass, Steve Chaggaris on drums, and Doug Hammer on piano, keys, and a variety of native percussion instruments that he keeps stashed in his closet.  But seriously, wait until you hear these tracks.  Just sent the album to be printed yesterday, so it should be available in the next few weeks, just in time for Christmas (makes a perfect stocking stuffer!!)

There is a little something for everyone...from 1950's Italian Jazz/Swing (who can forget all those Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn movies?) to Italian versions of I Put A Spell on You and Killing Me Softly With His Song, and plenty of contemporary pop tunes too.  Of course, I didn't forget my roots.  Those who have seen my show know that I can't go one evening without Come Back to Sorrento.  I just can't.  Then there is the Rat Pack classic Volare and since I've got Dino's picture in my home studio, I kinda had to do it.  

Also want to thank Mayor David Maher of Cambridge, MA for the opportunity to provide the music for the annual Italian Heritage event in October.  Had a blast with the one and only Al Vega.  Speaking of Al, I was honored to sing at the dedication of the Al Vega Square in Everett, MA.  Not bad for a 90 year old who acts like he's 25.  I'll have what he's having. 



 
 

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Hi everyone,

So I decided to write a blog - I'm new to the blogosphere so please bear with me. I want to thank you all for visiting my page and of course everyone who has become a fan through my Facebook and Reverb Nation pages. I sincerely appreciate everything!!

Currently, I am working on my Italian language CD which should be available by Thanksgiving. I'm so excited for this project because everyone that knows me is aware of my addiction to all things Italian. This CD has an entirely different feel then Songbook, which features the music of the Al Vega Trio and some great standards. It is more of an expression of who I truly am and what I am passionate about. Of course I will always love the standards, but like so many of us, I am proud of my background and heritage. It will also give me a chance to add a dramatic flair to my music. It is a compilation of Italian music, both old and new, pop and jazz, swing and traditional, and will feature Italian versions of several songs that were big hits in the U.S. and the U.K.

My next gig is Saturday, September 24. I am really psyched to do this one - my very good friend Kim Burditt is organizing a suicide prevention walk around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, MA. It's shaping up to be a big success with a lot of walkers and supporters. The organization, called "Out of the Darkness" American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is such a valuable resource for those in need or who have been touched in any way by a suicide.  This walk will also bring awareness to the suffering so many returning veterans face. I am so honored to be performing at this event.

Well that's about it for now...Happy Monday everyone!! Ciao!!!