For Your Consideration

Valerie Ghent – “Velours”

Best R+B Album
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Traditional R+B Performance
“New York City Streets”

R+B Song
“It’s Got To Be You”

Contemporary Christian Performance/Song
“Light In My Life”

Pop Vocal Performance
Arrangement, Instruments & Vocals

R+B Performance
“Love Divine”

Best 50 Albums of 2016 – SoulTracks
Top 5 Albums of 2016 – West Coast Music Radio
Top 5 Songs of 2016: “New York City Streets” – West Coast Music Radio



New York City Streets (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


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Velours Digital Book (photos, lyrics, credits)
Velours Album Cover (high resolution)

Valerie Ghent – VELOURS

On her fourth solo album, Velours, Valerie draws on the full range of her talents forged over 20+ years working with music luminaries Ashford & Simpson, Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Debbie Harry & Billy Preston to deliver a breathtaking, spell-binding performance that draws the listener in and never lets go.

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 NYC, France and Guinea, Velours takes the listener on a journey through smooth soul, feel-good R+B, intimate ballads, sun-drenched reggae and pure funk. Featuring A-list musicians playing live on each song, Valerie has conjured up a hot, authentic sound, recording live with real musicians. “Real music you can touch.”


Eluriel “Tinkr” Barfield – bass
Kevin Johnson, Philippe Jardin, Franck Taieb – drums
Bashiri Johnson – percussion
Robin Macatangay – guitar
Valerie Ghent – piano, rhodes, clavinet, B3 organ, vocals, backing vocals
Jérôme Buigues – guitars, backing vocals, additional keyboards
Pierre Sibille – harmonica, synth
Dave Eggar – cello
Katie Kresek – violin & viola
Alfa Anderson, Dennis Collins, Keith Fluitt, John James, Ada Dyer – backing vocals
Mano “Korani” Camara – guest lead vocal
Steven Bernstein, Marc Borlet-Hôte – trumpet
Paul Shapiro, Nicolas Baudino – saxophones
Briggan Krauss – baritone sax
Dan Levine – trombone

Recorded by: Valerie Ghent, Jérôme Buigues, Steve Addabbo, Mike Marciano
Mixed by Jérôme Buigues
Mastered by Greg Calbi


  • “One of the most satisfying collections of a broad spectrum of vocal music to come along in a long time. Superb on every level. – Grady Harp
  • “A real gem! ‘New York City Streets’ Luther meets Ashford & Simpson with a driving piano lead, bringing back those inimitable Chic and Luther Vandross moments in the super-slick hook, supported by a cool horn section.” – Gina Loves Jazz
  • “Valerie Ghent, la Dame de New York – Il est rare de trouver une voix aussi singulière et une maîtrise du rythme aussi pertinente.”- La Marseillais
  • “I swore [Linger] was a cover of a Great American Songbook standard when I first heard it….
    those lyrics have the quality Tin Pan Alley writers gave to tunes of the first half of the 20th Century” – Soul Tracks
  • “It’s not simply Valerie Ghent’s exploration of genres that shows her versatility – it’s her emotionality, vast range & vocal prowess, along with the backing of top musicians that make this a solid album with wide appeal!” – Wouter Kellerman
  • “Highly recommended, this R+B Discovery! Valerie proves she is master of her craft.” Keys and Chords (Netherlands)
  • Enthralling, very refined soul….Ghent is a complete artist who knows how to play, sing, compose and produce... A genuine talent.  Music Zoom (Italy)
  • “New York City Streets’ took me straight back to The Crusaders & Street Life… it just has that wonderful vibe and a timeless feel” –
  • “Valerie Ghent, a “kick-butt” artist…that kind of quality never goes out of style. – SoulTracks