Valerie Ghent | Velours

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by Valerie Ghent

A breathtaking, spell-binding performance by NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent & her killer band, "Velours" takes the listener on a journey through smooth soul, feel-good R+B, intimate ballads, sun-drenched reggae and pure funk.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Divine (feat. Mano Korani Camara)
5:33 $0.99
2. It's Got to Be You
4:52 $0.99
3. New York City Streets
4:36 $0.99
4. Light in My Life
6:11 $0.99
5. On & On
4:21 $0.99
6. Get Funkay
3:40 $0.99
7. Velours
5:36 $0.99
8. Linger
4:39 $0.99
9. Phased (Reggae)
4:05 $0.99
10. 30 Days
3:20 $0.99
11. Love Will Keep Me Strong
5:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
On her fourth solo album, "Velours", NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent draws on the full range of her talents forged over 20+ years working with music luminaries Ashford & Simpson, Nina Simone, Debbie Harry & Billy Preston to deliver a breathtaking, spell-binding performance that draws the listener in and never lets go.

Returning to the smooth sound that has won her fans around the globe with her iHeart Radio #1 hit song "Love Enough for a Lifetime", "Velours" is sure to become Valerie’s most iconic album yet.

In this electrifying mix of R+B, funk, reggae and smooth soul, Ghent fully unleashes her 3 and 1/2 octave vocal range, powerful keyboard chops and her distinctive voice that can hurtle into the stratosphere, whisper in your ear or fall into a low croon at will. These talents, combined with her undeniable authenticity, vitality and joy, her record production, songwriting and engineering skills, and her radiant physicality as a performer shaped by years of martial arts training, make Valerie a force to be reckoned with.

Recorded in the South of France and NYC, the 11 original songs on Velours propel the listener from the transcendent luminosity and opening invocation of Love Divine to the exuberant Get Funkay, from the unstoppable New York City Streets to the heart-stopping ballad, Light in My Life. The mesmerizing funk groove of title song Velours literally flows into the American-songbook inspired Linger (with accompanying string quartet), while future R+B classic It's Got To Be You plays smooth counterpoint to the reggae-inspired Phased and the gospel blues of 30 Days. The deep groove of On & On flows like a river, and Love Will Keep Me Strong brings us back to the source.

Backed up by a band of internationally acclaimed musicians and vocalists from France, NYC and Guinea, "Velours" takes the listener on a journey through smooth soul, feel-good R+B, intimate ballads, sun-drenched reggae and pure funk. With A-list musicians playing live on each song, Valerie has conjured up a hot, real, live sound that harkens back to old-school days, recording live with real musicians, delivering killer lead vocals alongside the band. As one fan aptly described, Valerie makes “music you can touch”.

Why the French spelling? “That’s a great question! My mother was born in Paris and I’ve been retracing her steps there. Velours actually began in France – we recorded six songs with my French band, then five songs in New York. The entire album was mixed in the French countryside by Jérôme Buigues, in a studio surrounded by Provençal vineyards. Plus the title song comes from French slang. So it made total sense to me to go with the French spelling.”

How do you pronounce "Velours"? Leave off the ‘s’ and say "veh-loooor". A French word with the same meaning in English: smooth, velvety, velour. Exactly how you'll feel after listening to Valerie Ghent.

A-list musicians on "Velours" include Tinker Barfield (Luther Vandross, Ashford & Simpson), guitarists Robin Macatangay (Hamilton) & Jérôme Buigues (Sir Cliff Richard), drummer Kevin Johnson (Curtis Mayfield, Cassandra Wilson), percussionist Bashiri Johnson (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston), French organist & harmonicist Pierre Sibille (Blues' Up, Trio Combo Brazil), vocalists Alfa Anderson (Chic, Luther Vandross), Keith Fluitt (Nona Hendryx, Roberta Flack), Dennis Collins (Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder), John James (Toto, Elton John), cellist Dave Eggar (Coldplay, Beyonce), trumpeter Steven Bernstein (Hot Nine, Levon Helm), saxophonist Paul Shapiro (Jay-Z, Lou Reed), Nicolas Baudino (Lio, Harry Morse Project), and a special guest performance by Guinean vocalist Mano Korani Camara.



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