From sultry ballads to high-energy club bangers, Jaye Valentine’s emergence as a rising R&B star marks the return of artistry to the genre. Described in one word by record label executives as “versatile,” Jaye Valentine’s credits include singer, songwriter, pianist and actress. She’s setting the stage to bring new energy and style to the urban music scene, and poised to push the envelope with a sound that’s all her own.
For Jaye Valentine, music has always been close to heart and home. Born into a family of singers and musicians, she demonstrated talent early on and her father became her first vocal coach. At the age of eight, she began playing the piano and singing in the church choir. Her passion for music was further nurtured by listening to all styles, including blues, gospel, R&B and even country, citing Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Lauryn Hill as some of her biggest influences.
Like many powerhouse female artists, Jaye Valentine entered the music industry at an early age, joining her first girl group at 13. As a member of Beget, she traveled the U.S. performing for massive crowds, sharing the stage with chart toppers and musical legends from Mystikal and Silk to The Temptations. She would later join Embrace, a group heavily rooted in R&B and soul.
In 2008, Jaye Valentine embarked on her solo career with the release of the single “The Look of Love,” featured on the legendary Harold Johnson Sextet’s album “Back on Elm Street.” Her first solo album, “Flavorlicious” yielded sales nationally and in Europe. She returned to her gospel roots with her second album, “Ain’t He Alright,” earning favor with contemporary gospel fans and critics.
But it wasn’t until Jaye Valentine signed with Houston-based management company Sha’Rayla Entertainment that she released the smash hit “Alter Ego.” The single earned the artist heavy airplay throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., and spotlights in music magazines and blogs, including Billboard, Hype Magazine, Black Vibes, and Access Unlocked. The sexy and empowering anthem showcases Jaye Valentine’s evolution as an artist, and the infusion of hip hop into her neo-soul sound. The song also pays homage to the roles women play in their business and personal lives. It is a duality that Jaye Valentine knows all too well, as not only an entertainer, but also a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Armed with brains, beauty, a wealth of industry experience and a bevy of vocal talent, Jaye Valentine is ready for the next phase of her promising music career. In June 2016, the artist will release her highly anticipated EP, “SPECTRUM,” already being hailed as a “smooth groove,” “banger,” “dance floor killer,” and “hot, hot, hot!”
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