Tuesday, July 4, 2017

USA/FRANCE: Valerie Ghent "The French Sessions" New CD & France Tour 2017

Acclaimed New York recording artist Valerie Ghent releases her fifth album
The French Sessions, on French label Blanc Musiques

Currently touring in France in support of of her first French release, the tour kicks off with a special concert with 100 voices at the Artea Theatre in Carnoux-en-Provence. The French Sessions Tour continues through June 30. 

Critical acclaim for Valerie's new album and vibrant live show is pouring in from La Marseillaise, La ProvenceVar Matin, and from France's noted music magazine, Soul Bag, which awarded 4 stars (out of 4) for The French Sessions.

La Marseillase says: 

Valerie Ghent "La Dame de New York...Il est rare de trouver une voix aussi singulière et une maîtrise du rythme"

Valerie Ghent "The Lady from New York" - it is rare to find such a singular voice and a master of rhythm."

"Undulating and dynamic...a stunning presence on stage
...astounding vocal range" 

Var Matin

"Il est rare de trouver une voix aussi singulière
et une maîtrise du rythme"  

La Marseillaise

'French Sessions est une aventure musicale inspirée"
La Provence

4 stars for "The French Sessions"
Soul Bag Magazine
Valerie Ghent
The French Sessions
Blanc Musiques (BM 002-17)
available on:

iTunes: The French Sessions
amazon: The French Sessions 
Inouïe: The French Sessions
FNAC: in stores now! 

More info:

Valerie Ghent France Tour 2017

20 Juin - Carnoux en Provence
w/ Divin'Gospel Music & & 100 Voice Choir

21 Juin - Giens - Le Provençal / Blues'UP

23 Juin - Le Val - Place Gambetta

28 Juin - Six Fours - mOOm

30 Juin - Hyères - Funboard Center


NYC meets France and the stars unite!
Powerhouse NYC recording artist Valerie Ghent celebrates the release of her surprise new album, The French Sessions, with a June tour in France. An inspired musical adventure, The French Sessions takes the listener from ballads to blues; from smooth soul, jazz and funk to French chanson; from reggae to rock. Uniting the album into a stellar whole is Valerie's evocative, emotive voice that can hurtle into the stratosphere, whisper in your ear or fall into a low croon at will, the extraordinary talents of co-producer Jérôme Buigues and the undeniable groove of the French musicians.

With a voice that "touches your soul" matched by Valerie's powerful keyboard chops, her sterling record production, songwriting and engineering skills, and her radiant physicality shaped by years of martial arts training, combined with her vitality and joy, Valerie's music transforms listeners and fans around the world. Completing The French Sessions are A-list musicians from France & NYC whose collective credits include Luther Vandross, Ashford & Simpson, Serge Gainsbourg, Nina Simone, Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gerard Blanc, Chic, Beyonce, Ray Lema, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Toto, Debbie Harry, Franck Biyong & many more.

Why The French Sessions? "My mother was born in Paris and I've been retracing her steps there, reconnecting with long-lost family while writing and recording the songs on this album. The French Sessions was born in France - all twelve songs were recorded in Provence. The entire album was mixed in the French countryside by Jérôme Buigues, in a studio surrounded by Provençal vineyards. Magical really, an incredible journey of discovery, history and love."

For her first-ever release in France and fifth solo album, Valerie draws on the full range of her talents forged over 20+ years performing & recording alongside music luminaries Ashford & Simpson, Nina Simone, Debbie Harry & Cliff Richard to deliver a breathtaking, spell-binding performance that draws the listener in and never lets go. "Ever since recording Nina Simone in the South of France I dreamed of making an album here" says Valerie. "The French Sessions is a dream come true."

Musicians on The French Sessions:
Valerie Ghent - vocals, piano, rhodes, clavinet, organ, backing vocals
Jérôme Buigues - guitars, bass, backing vocals
Pierre Sibille - synthesizer, harmonica
Franck Taieb, Philippe Jardin - drums
Bashiri Johnson - percussion
Elina Real - violin
Alfa Anderson, Keith Fluitt, Dennis Collins, John James - backing vocals
Mano "Korani" Camara - guest lead vocal "Love Divine"
Dave Eggar- cello
Katie Kresek - violin,viola
Marc Borlet-Hôte - trumpet
Nicolas Baudino - saxophone

Produced by Valerie Ghent & Jérôme Buigues
Mixed by Jérôme Buigues
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound

 "Valerie Ghent est une des artistes à suivre de la scène soul indépendante" - Soul Bag

"Ghent is a complete artist who knows how to play, sing, compose and produce...
A genuine talent...
 Enthralling and engaging... " Music Zoom (Italy)

""Ghent, herself, is a vocal phenomenon...she has the glistening, effervescent energy of a top pop/rock star."
- NY Cabaret Today

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