Valerie Giglio is a Boston based vocalist, author, attorney, 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 CD releases include a collection of her favorite standards reinterpreted in her own unique style, as well as Italian language CD of music from the era of La Dolce Vita as well as Italian contemporary songs and Italian versions of classic American hits. Originally starting her solo career singing standards from the Great American Songbook and Italian language songs, she has recently transitioned toward a pop-rock style, showcasing her musical diversity.
Her musical transition began in 2014, when Valerie suffered a catastrophic stroke, 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.
She spent a year in rehab and relearned to walk and use her left side, and relearned to sing with the help of endless hours of rehabilitation, note by note, with the help of vocal coach Vykki Vox, and the world renowned Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center in Boston, MA. Her story gained national media attention and has been featured in various outlets including The Boston Globe, NBC Boston, as well as various magazines, radio interviews, podcasts, and in social media. Several months after the stroke, she returned to the stage, performing as a vocalist once again. Her voice was weak, but it was there and she knew that she could improve if she didn't give up. Over time, Valerie found herself embarking on a new musical path of rock, pop, and electronic music as well as other musical genres.
In 2016, her memoir, “Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist’s Triumph Over Stroke”, was published. It tells the story of her miraculous journey to overcoming paralysis, regaining her singing voice, and fully returning to the stage just one year later. The book has garnered excellent reviews, including Publisher's Weekly, Portland Book Review, and Reader's Favorite. It is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, I AM Books Boston, and at many other locations. The success of the book led Valerie to self-narrate the audiobook version as a testament to her recovery, demonstrating the capabilities of a stroke survivor and that recovery and to emphasize that improvement are possible in the face of any catastrophic illness. She hopes to inspire others suffering from illness or adversity to never give up on their dreams.
Also in 2016, Valerie was accepted to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA as a voice principal, further proving the importance of perserverence, determination, and grit. As a solo artist, Valerie remains very active in the music industry and continues to perform locally throughout the New England area. She is currently 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 and she had the honor of singing the National Anthem at Boston's Esplanade in 2017 for the American Heart Association's annual American Heart Walk. She has also been 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 and currently attends Berklee College of Music. She is a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammys®), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and maintains an independent record label and music publishing company (Palma Records and Valmark Publishing).
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