“Music has the power to heal, transform, evoke emotion, underscore and enhance our lives. By consciously aligning with elements of music, we can affect deep changes in our world.” -Valerie Romanoff
The talent of Valerie Romanoff shimmers across a full spectrum of music, which she calls “STILL, CHILL, THRILL.” Although she recently won BEST WORLD ALBUM at the 15th Annual Zone Music Awards, Valerie creates music of many kinds, spanning new age, jazz, rock, blues, world music, and funk! Her celebrated all-original music has been geared toward the meditation, yoga and spa markets, she often plays live, engaging audiences with up-tempo dance and groove music. Whether she plays festivals and gatherings with her new band SPIRIT JAM, or high-profile private events around the world (as co-founder and creative director of Starlight Orchestras) Valerie is known for her bright presence onstage, her skill in crafting a range of musical experiences, and her talent for bringing together world-class performers. And, while she is a multi-instrumentalist, nothing defines Valerie as much as her captivating and energetic electric guitar playing!
Music and its different uses became a subject of study for Valerie. In her recording studio, she sought to infuse her new music with the qualities that inspired her life. Different styles of music elicit a wide range of emotions, therefore a range of diverse musical styles would be a complement to people’s journey through their lives. Valerie learned that music can be used as a tool for deepening one’s own experience; by harnessing and using the energy living within the music, one can shape and change themselves and their environment. The “Healing Music” series was born, with sounds and rhythms geared for relaxation and light movement. Her philosophy of “STILL, CHILL, THRILL” began gaining traction; she found that the varied tempo and intensity of each musical piece enhances a different state of well-being in her listeners.
Growing up as a musician and composer in a suburb of New York City, Valerie also learned about the world of business and finance by working in her family’s business. With a focus and a drive unusual for a child her age, Valerie gravitated toward the metaphysical and creative arts, beginning a lifelong journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. She was fascinated with the idea of personal transformation, and experimented with using the joy of music to uplift others. Any kind of live music performance delighted her- she spent time jamming with other musicians, collaborating with different bands, hanging around recording studios with session players, and visiting music clubs at night; soaking up the experiences and lessons abundant in the New York City music scene. She sought out teachers in each different musical environment, learning from the masters in each genre.
During her 20s and 30s, while deeply ensconced with raising a family and running Starlight Orchestra in New York, Valerie was introduced to the magic of Sedona, Arizona. Feeling the inspiring energy and the sacred wisdom in the red rocks, her visits to Sedona became an integral part of her life’s journey and a catalyst for deep change, joy and transformation. She brought groups of friends, family and colleagues to experience the powerful energy of Sedona, wanting every project to be infused with the creative potential that Sedona represented for her. While continuing to broaden her reach as a guitarist and a musical creator of live events, Valerie came to understand of the power of mindful living, clear communication and self-responsibility. After completing a three-year course of study in Mind Body Spirit Psychotherapy, she used these concepts to navigate life as a parent, a bandleader, a conscious entrepreneur, and a writer/composer.
Whether performing live Kirtan and Yogic music with Eastern artists, grooving out with funk bands in small clubs, engaging large audiences at private events, or creating a musical explosion on stage at festivals and concerts, Valerie remains undaunted by what some perceive to be a dichotomy in the branding of her musical persona. “I am creating a ‘full spectrum’ catalog of music that encompasses the different emotions and tempos that we go through every single day. My music can accompany, encourage or affect all of these states of being, and serve as a ‘Soundtrack to Life.’”
Participating in the growing global conversation about uplifting our world with peace, love and music has become Valerie’s mission. In addition to her meditation music, look for concerts with her new band, SPIRIT JAM, where Valerie and friends are creating a platform for upliftment, celebration, ecstatic expression and the sharing of a common goal; our world in love and at peace!
A message from Valerie…
“I love playing the electric guitar and creating music; I am devoted to my family; I live mostly in New York and part-time in Sedona, Arizona. I have an affinity for the path of self-discovery and awakening, metaphysical pursuits, and a life of spiritual connection. These seemingly different aspects of my life are now merging together in a most exciting way.
Through music I can offer tools for upliftment; through writing I can share ideas about using music to change our lives. Through social media I can join the global conversation about creating a more compassionate world. I welcome our interaction, and the opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with you!
My new band SPIRIT JAM is bursting out with a message of peace and love, and a call for us to all join together in uplifting our world! I’m loving SPIRIT JAM and my “GROOVE INTO BLISS- Healing Concerts.” I’d like you to be a part of this global party!
Every artist has their passion projects, and most composers aspire to perform their own music. While I enjoy my exciting career with the Starlight Orchestra curating and performing cover material for live musical performances, I have also created an award-winning catalog of New Age and World Music. Performing my original music live with SPIRIT JAM brings the best of these worlds together on one big, vibrant stage full of superstar talent.