Published poet and established singer-songwriter Valerie June brings a sense of magic and wonder to her live shows, rooted in a reverence for the natural world. Preluding all her tracks with a powerful optimism. Her unique style that stems from the Tennessee born multi-instrumentalist’s passion for mindfulness has led her to recognition from Bob Dylan, her songs self described as “teachers, they have lives and feelings and potentials and desires and dreams. You’re taking something that’s not physically seen and bringing it from nowhere, pulling it from thin air, so people can experience it.” Few can describe the feeling of Valerie June’s music and live shows than she can herself.
Valerie June was born in Jackson, Tenn. and grew up in nearby Humboldt. She learned to sing from all the voices around her at church services — young, old, pure, cracked — while she was exposed to the secular music business through her father, a part-time concert promoter. She also dug into the musical history of Tennessee, the Appalachians and the Deep South, from early blues singers like Memphis Minnie to Dolly Parton to the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia. Valerie June moved to Memphis as a teenager and began singing with bands and then as a solo act. In 2010 she landed a spot on an online MTV series about Memphis musicians, “$5 Cover.”
Moving between scats and soulful roots vocals, and hopping between guitars and banjos – Valerie June will bring a vibrato-filled performance to lull any venue.
Off the heels of her 2021 album ‘The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers’, and her latest single ‘Fade Into You’, Valerie June is to play Thekla on 24th August 2022. Tickets on sale Friday 20th May 2022 at 10AM.