goodto connect with a fellow vocalist..:o) all the best.
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Valen Rhodes began singing at the age of three inspired first by her mother who loved music and sang gospel hymns and classics to Valen and her siblings. In her early teen years, Valen started entering in local talent contests and winning first place.
When Valen was 16, on a dare she sent a demo of her singing to Geffen Records in Los Angeles. After a few weeks Valen decided to call Geffen Records; it was Dec. 25, Christmas Day--no one calls a record company on Christmas Day! But, being new to the business, Valen did and as fate would have it, Mr. Geffen himself was expecting an important call and had his calls routed directly to his home. When Valen inquired about her demo, Mr. Geffen actually knew about it. This meant a lot in itself considering the amount of demos he probably listened to daily, and he was nice enough to actually give his critique of the demo.(Of course, that was back in the day when record labels were more open.) Well, at 16, Valen's vocal style was still emerging; and while Valen wasn't signed to Geffen Records, Mr. Geffen was gracious enough to suggest more development of her vocal style. Now that's a great story!!
Valen's vocal interpretation is a mixture of the old and the new styles of Jazz and Popular music, however, with her own unique flavor. Imagine if the vocal sensitivity of an Barbara Streisand-like vocal were intertwined with a smooth Carmen McRae nuance, that's the best way to describe the vocal delivery of Valen's song "Cherish." It could be the birth of a classic from this southern USA songbird hailing from the same hometown as the great John Birks Gillespie, " Dizzy Gillespie ".
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The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
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