Friday, October 28, 2016

First Listen: Valerie Ghent Love Divine + CD Release Show @ Joe's Pub 10 / 29/ 2016 (JAZZ PROMO SERVICES)

Valerie Ghent Velours CD release concert
Sat. Oct 29, 2016, 7:30pm

Valerie Ghent Velours CD release concert
Sat. Oct 29, 2016, 7:30pm

Valerie Ghent (vocals/keys), Bernard Davis (drums), Damon Banks (bass), Jérôme Buigues (guitar), Pierre Sibille (keys/harmonica), Alfa Anderson & Dennis Collins (backing vocals), Gary Fritz (percussion) & special guests
Joe’s Pub at the Public
425 Lafayette Street
NYC 10003
SUBWAY: 6 to Astor Place, R/N to 8th Street

ADMISSION: $20/$25 day of show/ $12 food / two (2) drink minimum

TICKETS: Online at Phone, 10am-7:00pm, Daily 212-967-7555 In Person Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (opens daily at 2pm). 

Valerie Ghent earned her musical chops touring with such musical legends as Ashford & Simpson and Deborah Harry, and the native New Yorker hasn’t stopped running ever since. She’s issued four acclaimed CDs on her own, while being a “go to” recording engineer for dozens of other top recording artists.

Valerie has just released new album, Velours, and the sounds are hot. And we’re extremely proud to be presenting the World Premiere of the first track on that album, a mid-tempo blend of soul and jazz, “Love Divine.”

Valerie tells us about the song: "'Love Divine' was recorded in the South of France and features a duet with Guinean vocalist Mano 'Korani' Camara singing in Yoruba while I sing in English. The music was recorded in one take, with wonderful musicians I have been touring with in France for the past few years. Mano's vocal, a traditional Yoruba chant put to a new melody, inspired the English lyrics, which all came together in an almost mystical way. In fact we added this song to the album at the last minute, after we had already mastered. It just felt right as the opening song, almost like an invocation for the whole Velours album. We know music and love come from a higher plane and to me this song resonates with the feeling we often have that love flows through time, that we swim in its rivers, bathing again and again in the waters that connect us all. Even while we were recording Love Divine everything felt magical. 'Did I love you more than once before in another time?' I think the answer is yes! 

Check out the talented Valerie Ghent below, and tell us what you think!

Following her Joe's Pub performance, Valerie's Velours album release concerts in France kick off December 1 (Marseille). Additional dates to follow. 

December 1, 2016
Valerie Ghent Velours Album Release
Espace Musical Hyperion, Marie 4/5
2Bis Avenue du Maréchal Foch, 13004 Marseille, France
+33 4 91 49 27 88


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