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Valery Levine


SINGER-SONGWRITER VAL LEVINE'S ENTRY INTO THE WORLD OF MUSIC WAS ANYTHING BUT BY THE BOOK. "AS A FIGURE SKATER, I ALWAYS FELT I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 'OTHER' SIDE OF THE MUSIC" SAY'S LEVINE. AND FOR DECADES, SHE WAS.

LEVINE STARTED ICE SKATING AT AGE FOUR, AND BY AGE SEVEN, WAS TURNING HEADS AS AN UPCOMING ATHELETE TO WATCH. SHE COMPETED THROUGHOUT HER YOUTH, TURNED PRO AT 18, GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE WITH A DEGREE IN DANCE, AND CONTINUED TO PERFORM THROUGHOUT COLLEGE AND INTO ADULTHOOD ON THE PRO ICE SHOW CIRCUIT. SHE SKATED IN MAJOR SHOWS-INCLUDING 'ICE CAPADES' AND TRAVELED TO VENUES ACROSS THE US AND ABROAD. BUT PRO FIGURE SKATING HAS A LIMITED LIFE SPAN.

SO, AFTER YEARS OF PERFORMING PROFESSIONALLY, LEVINE BEGAN EXPLORING OTHER CREATIVE FIELDS. SHE BEGAN TAKING AN INTEREST IN COUNTRY MUSIC AFTER PERFORMING A SKATING ROUTINE TO AN EMMY LOU HARRIS CLASSIC. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NOT A GUITAR IN SIGHT AS A CHILD, READING AND WRITING POETRY WERE A MAINSTAY GROWING UP. IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME AFTER INHERITING AN INSTRUMENT THAT SONGWRITING BECAME INEVITABLE.

ALTHOUGH LEVINE HAD ENTERTAINED AUDIENCES AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST VENUES IN THE COUNTRY, STEPPING ONTO THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE PROVED TO BE A BIG LEAP OUTSIDE HER COMFORT ZONE. "I FELT CONFIDENT PLAYING LARGE ARENAS UNDER BRIGHT LIGHTS MOVING VERY FAST" SAYS LEVINE "BUT THE INTIMACY OF PERFORMING ORIGINAL MUSIC IN QUIET LISTENING ROOMS WAS INCREDIBLY INTIMIDATING. I HAD HORRIFIC STAGE FRIGHT."

REGARDLESS, LEVINE PERSEVERED AND EVENTUALLY FORMED A BAND AND BEGAN PLAYING VARIOUS VENUES ON LONG ISLAND. "I WAS REELING FROM A DIVORCE AND NEEDED A VEHICLE FOR MY 'WOE IS ME 'MOMENTS" SHE SAYS. "I ALWAYS FOUND THAT IN WRITING, BUT ADDING THE DIMENSION OF MUSIC......I WAS COMPLETELY RIVETED."
FROM THERE SHE HASN'T LOOKED BACK.

IN 2017, AFTER RELEASING HER FIRST ALBUM, "PAPER ROMANCE" SHE MOVED TO NASHVILLE WHICH SHE CALLS HOME. SINCE ARRIVING, SHE'S BEEN DEEPLY INSPIRED BY CONNECTING WITH LOCAL WRITERS. HER RECENT NASHVILLE RECORDINGS WERE PRODUCED BY HONKY TONK CROONER AND LOWER BROADWAY FAVORITE JOHN ENGLAND. SHE SAYS THE NEW TRACKS CELEBRATE THE NASHVILLE EXPERIENCE SHE'S HAD SO FAR, AND THE TRADITONAL COUNTRY SOUND THAT HAS INFLUENCED HER WRITING THIS YEAR.

WITH EARLY MUSICAL INFLUENCES RUNNING THE GAMUT BETWEEN RIKKI LEE JONES TO CREEDENCE TO CLASSIC SHOW TUNES AND BEYOND, LEVINE SAYS HER WRITING IS ABOUT "GETTING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU.....AND OWNING IT".

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