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 pop/EDM 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 to an Electro Swing style, showcasing her musical diversity. She is currently recording an Electro Swing album to be released in 2021.
Her musical transition began in 2014, when Valerie suffered a catastrophic stroke, paralyzed her entire left side, left her confined her to a wheelchair and resulted in the total loss of her singing voice and musical ability.
After extensive rehab she relearned to use her left side, and to sing again...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. Over time, Valerie found herself embarking on a new musical path of combining retro jazz stylings with 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 and reviewed by Publisher's Weekly, Portland Book Review, Reader's Favorite and more. It is available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, I AM Books Boston, and at many other locations. It is also available in the self-narrated audiobook, demonstrating the capabilities of a stroke survivor and that recovery and to emphasize that improvement is always 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.
After the stroke, Valerie attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA as a vocal principal majoring in Electronic Production and Design... further proving the importance of perserverence, determination, and grit. Valerie continues to perform in the Boston area as well as LA and Europe. She is currently working on several collaborations with other artists in a variety of genres.
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 is a graduate of Salem State University, New England School of Law and attended 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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