PRESENTED BY DANIELLE TOPOROFF
BROUGHT TO YOU IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SKYELAB MUSIC GROUP - http://www.skyelabmusicgroup.com
Cinematographer: Chris O'Konski
Earthy yet educated; simple yet soulful; funky and fun; Valerie Mize's music is immediately appealing to the eclectic in everyone. WIth influences ranging from Hometown to Motown, Mize mixes it up and keeps us coming back for more.
Though Mize was born in tiny-town Oklahoma, she began traveling internationally in her early teens, and had moved 13 times by the time she graduated high school. It was during a semester abroad in the Netherlands that Mize purchased a guitar and taught herself to play in the finger style that is her trademark to this day.
Upon returning to the US, after a short stint writing and busking in Madison, Wisconsin, Mize moved back to her native Oklahoma, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music, with an emphasis in jazz vocal performance. She studied under Vernon Howard, former teacher of pianist and vocalist Norah Jones, and saxophonist Tim Ries (Rolling Stones).
After graduation, Mize moved to New York City to build a band and further her musical endeavors. Backed by the rock solid rhythm section of drummer Tomo Kanno and bassist Antar Goodwin (Patty Smyth, Lauryn Hill), Mize recently teamed up with cellist Ward Williams (Vienna Teng, Brandi Carlile) and producer/engineer Robert L. Smith (U2, Imogen Heap, Lady Gaga) at Defy Recordings to record her debut EP "Auspices" to be released worldwide April 19th, with a celebratory concert at the Living Room on NYC's Lower East Side.http://www.valerieMIZE.com
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