“There is an honesty to Valerie Orth’s music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle. With a multi-octave voice that soars from the depths of bitterness to the height of sweetness, Orth tells stories of empowerment and yearning, while pulling in audiences with her raw magnetism on stage.
Orth is in the midst of releasing her third full length album, Fires and Overturned Cars (2014). She and long-time bassist, Veronika Safarova, are actually hand-making the first batch of album covers, making each one unique for their fans, and taking DIY to whole other level. See these collectibles at http://store.valerieorth.com/merch.
Described as “sexy, soulful, genuine, and edgy” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Orth's dynamic range as a performer is made all the more compelling by what the East Bay Express calls a "completely intuitive composition style."
Last year, Orth opened for Grammy-winning songwriter Shawn Colvin. Rock Subculture reviewed these shows, saying "Valerie is definitely one of the most impressive supporting acts I’ve seen in some time, and is one of those artists who have the ability to going from being an unknown to you and turning you into a fan."
Soon after, Orth and Safarova put themselves on the NYC map, relocating from San Francisco to Brooklyn. While working with some of New York’s finest musicians, they are continuously reinventing their sound, creating a distinctive hybrid of rock, punk-folk, ska and even trip-hop.
Previously, Orth collaborated with Jon Evans (of Tori Amos) for her full-length album, Faraway City (2011), which WERU’s Rich Hillsinger named Best Album of the Year. Orth’s thought-provoking lyrics, gorgeous melodies, and unpredictable-yet-unforgettable arrangements prompted comparisons to artists like Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, Foo Fighters, and Radiohead.
To Orth, music is a healing power unlike any other, especially when performing at juvenile halls, homeless shelters, and drug rehabilitation centers. After an emotional performance at San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center, a teenage girl relayed her admiration, saying, “I will remember this for the rest of my life.”
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