Valerie Smith Music
Recording Vocal Artist, Producer, Videographer, Songwriter, Educator and owner of Bell Buckle Records
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"Non-stop energy, passion included with a tremendous love for her audience."
"Valerie has soul"
"Valerie Smith has developed her own sound, "ValGrass"...a fusion of bluegrass, roots, Americana, folk and country music."
Valerie Smith is an award-winning Grassicana artist whose style is a mixture of bluegrass, country, and Americana music. NPR radio host Dave Higgs has noted, "She can be sassy, sultry, siren-like, sweet, smooth, soothing and smoldering---sometimes during the span of just one song!"
"From a Distance" has remained on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana, Folk and Bluegrass Today Charts for over 1 year!
Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike have rocked the bluegrass world for over two decades with a string of national and international tours and critically acclaimed recordings. Liberty Pike (Wally Hughes dobro, fiddle, Lisa Kay Howard Hughes, mandolin, Joe Zauner banjo, guitar, Valerie Smith guitar, lead vocals and featuring legendary Hall-of-Famer Tom Gray on bass), are audience pleasers as well as passionate musicians. Valerie is an award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter who has appeared on various television shows, including Ronnie Reno's, the Bluegrass Underground, Song of the Mountains, PBS, and more. Her single "From a Distance" (featuring Claire Lynch and Irene Kelley) has remained on the Grassicana charts for over a year. Valerie co-produced her upcoming album with Tim Carter (Renaissance - release September 3, 2021). "I Found" charted on the Folk, Grassicana and Roots Music Report Charts, "Heartbreak Hill" charted on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart. She has also written a Bluegrass-Folk opera based on her great grandmother's writings "Maggie's Journal" (release 2022). In addition to many upcoming tour dates, the band continues to create music released by Bell Buckle Records.
The advanced single "I Found "debuted at #5 on the Roots Music Report chart, #7 on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart, and #8 on the FAI Folk DJ Chart for June 2021.
Renaissance was the #1 downloaded album on Airplay Direct 8/28/21! Without any advertising or announcements
"Renaissance is humanity in songs. A rebirth touching those feelings which bring us back to our common beliefs. Hope and sorrow, pure joy of music, love both individually and for all. These songs and the great musicianship make Renaissance a true album of renewal. Thanks Valerie Smith for this gift in these times." - Steve Martin - Radio Programmer, Unreal Bluegrass, Syndicated Radio Program
AVAILABLE NOW! VALERIE'S LATEST RELEASE "RENAISSANCE"
"A master mistress of roots music, this breath of fresh air will really hit you, especially if you haven't heard her before. With the right touch and the right sound this is a stone cold killer throughout.” — Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Americana / Folk/ Bluegrass Album: Renaissance Release: September 3, 2021 UPC: 859748526163 Producing: Valerie Smith, Tim Carter Label: Bell Buckle Records Engineering: Tim Carter Studio: Tree House Studio Ridgetop Ridgetop, TN Mastering: Dave Harris Studio B Mastering, Charlotte, NC Photography, Art and Design: Gabrielle Minikiewicz
I'm Fine Bein' Me 2:470:00/2:47
Heartbreak Hill 2:490:00/2:49
On That Train 3:440:00/3:44
Heart of Sorrow 3:190:00/3:19
The River Whispers 3:000:00/3:00
I Found 4:060:00/4:06
Big Red 3:200:00/3:20
The Great I Am 4:050:00/4:05
Enter In 2:230:00/2:23
Featured Singles, "I Found"
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
I Found / WAVE 4:050:00/4:05
The Great I Am (Featuring The McCrary)
Valerie Smith (Featuring The McCrary Sisters)
Written by Mike Lane Published by Jewels of Jane Adelle Publishing, BMI Harmonies: The McCrary Sisters (Ann, Alfreda, Regina)
Banjo: Tim Carter
Tamborine: Ann McCrary
Electric Bass: Dave Roe
Mandolin: Andy Leftwich
Fiddle: Andy Leftwich
"This rousing number was written by Pastor Mike Lane when he was about to give a sermon. I love the soulful sounds and lyrics which celebrate a power more significant than ourselves, the power of faith. The McCrary Sisters sang the background on this track, and they really brought it home for me." - Valerie Smith, Bell Buckle Recording Grammy-nominated Artist.
The single "The Great I Am" is a true gospel song from Valerie Smith's forthcoming album, "Renaissance", featuring the dynamic harmony vocals of the McCrary Sisters, virtuosic fiddle and mandolin performances by Andy Leftwich, and seasoned producer-engineer Tim Carter on the 5-string banjo. It was written by Pastor Mike Lane.
Valerie Smith's "Renaissance" album crosses through multiple musical genres while still staying true to the Valerie Smith sound which mixes bluegrass with a wider acoustic flair. The songs cover subject areas of love, finding love, acceptance, self-worth and regret. The project signifies the journey Valerie has made in her life with optimism to which others can relate. It includes upbeat, happy songs that encourage the listener to move to the grove and also lush ballads with meaningful lyrics and melodies that grab the soul. The album is called "Renaissance" because in looking anew at the world and herself Valerie has been reborn. Valerie wrote two of the songs for "Renaissance," and the remaining selections were carefully chosen from the works of other seasoned writers. She chose the songs which best expressed what she wants to say with her music in 2021 and beyond. The quality of the music itself has always come first when Valerie produces a project, which is why it takes her so long to create an entire album.
Valerie has always been interested in all kinds of music; bluegrass, acoustic, baroque, classical, neoclassical, music from Asia, Middle-Eastern folk, rock, indie-rock, Kpop, pop….in other words, anything with sound! In addition, she loves to study the melodies and chord progressions by which she has always been fascinated. For example, not many years ago Valerie heard the original recording of "I Found" and was immediately drawn to the haunting melody and lyrics of the indie rock group Amber Run. She found herself really enjoying singing the song's unique melody and lyrics. Valerie's final arrangement developed during band rehearsal with her touring band, Liberty Pike. Wally Hughes and Lisa Kay Howard Hughes added harmony to the chorus, and everyone fell in love with singing the song together. It became an "earworm" for the whole group.
Valerie Smith grew up in the mid-west near Kansas City and was exposed to several musical genres from her childhood through her college days. She watched movie musicals with Judy Garland, listened to country music while her mother worked, sang on the radio station, and sang gospel music on Sundays in church. And, of course, she and her sister listened to classic rock on their radios. Valerie studied music in college where she was exposed to blues, jazz, opera, and a wide array of other genres; Valerie also studied dance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. On weekends Valerie would play old-time fiddle near her hometown of Holt, Missouri and developed a love for traditional American string music. Later, she fell in love with bluegrass because of its incredible acoustic sounds, virtuosic musicians, and soulful melodies. The folk and bluegrass audiences fit her personality the best; they love music.
The Great I Am 4:050:00/4:05