Ukrainian-born and Manhattan-bred Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Valeriya, began her artistic journey when she auditioned for LaGuardia Arts High School without any prior training. She went on to graduate from LaGuardia Arts High School with a concentration in Vocal Music and was soon after accepted into Columbia University with a full scholarship.
Currently in her final year at Columbia studying Sociology, Valeriya draws from her rigorously academic/musical education and vast life experience to further develop her songwriting— diving headfirst into a range of subjects from widespread social issues to her more unique & personal struggles. As a first generation Ukrainian immigrant raised by a single mother, Valeriya’s attitude reflects strength, resiliency and love. Her beginnings were contradicted by her surroundings in Manhattan’s exclusive Upper West Side, and her acceptance of this duality has shaped her unique and relatable perspective.
Valeriya’s persona much like her lyrics is a beautiful dichotomy. Equal parts explicit and overt while remaining elegant and empathetic. Audiences are instantly transformed upon hearing the rare texture of her instantly recognizable voice with a maturity well beyond its years and the heartfelt honesty surrounding the topics and themes she explores. Valeriya’s expressive timbre and range is often compared to that of Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu. Her musical influences include artists from Nina Simone and Marvin Gaye to Jorja Smith and Lana Del Ray.