For Boston based artist Valerie Giglio, it's all about that vintage sound and style. As a vocalist, she possesses a distinctive lush, retro style and sound with a modern edge that makes her unique in today's music world. It all started when she became a featured vocalist for the late Boston Jazz legend Al Vega, giving Valerie the opportunity to perform regularly with his legendary trio at iconic venues in Boston including Scullers Jazz Cub and The Beehive. Her first CD release "Songbook" is a collection of her favorite standards backed by the Al Vega Trio. Her second CD release "The Italian Project" is an Italian language CD celebrating the 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 classic standards, Italian language songs, and reinvention of hits from the 40's through the 80's, it was only a natural transition to the Electro Swing musical genre, which mixed Swing and Jazz with EDM beats and sounds, showcasing her musical diversity. In June, 2021 she released her debut Electro Swing release "Starlite Ballroom" with an upcoming album to follow later in the year.
Valerie was left paralyzed on her left side, confined her to a wheelchair and faced with the total loss of her singing voice and musical ability as a result of a catastrophic stroke in 2014.
After extensive rehab, she was able to make a triumphant recovery and return to the stage and studio and even attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music where she majored in Electronic Production and Sound Design and began to produce her own electronic compositions and interpretations of well known retro hits. She soon found herself embarking on a new musical path of combining her love of vintage music with pop and electronic sounds.
In 2016, her memoir, “Singing In My Own Key: A Vocalist’s Triumph Over Stroke”, was published, documenting her stroke journey, and has been positively 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. She hopes to inspire others suffering from illness or adversity to never give up!
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. Valerie has performed throughout the Boston area as well as LA and in Europe.
On a personal level, she is a legislative stroke advocate with the American Heart Association and has advocated on behalf of improving critical care for stroke patients. 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 been featured as a donor campaign patient success story for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA.
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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