Valerie Lighthart is a folk-pop songstress that tempers bright melodies with a sense of something a few shades darker -punctuations of melancholy and private moments of intimate vulnerability.
She hails from the rolling hills, roving rivers, and thick forests of the country outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After building up a portfolio of acoustic songs, she began working with electronic duo Immortal Girlfriend. This meeting between folk and electronica developed “I’ll Be Damned,” a song which quickly picked up traction with attention from Milwaukee Record and radio play from 88.9 Radio Milwaukee.
The circulation of “I’ll Be Damned” brought the attention of N43 Records, a local independent label. November of 2018, Valerie in collaboration with N43 released her debut EP ‘V.A.L.,’ a lighthearted romp and simultaneous celebration and defamation of love and transformation.
May of 2019, Valerie & N43 Records released The Places EP, a springtime call for adventure and joy that was centered around songs written about travel. The spirit of it is a harkening back to simpler times as well as an exuberant march towards exploration.
Next is her debut full-length album, releasing fall of 2020. By Moonlight is a dark, cinematic folk recreation of the roles women have played in history that have caused them to be condemned, vilified, and worshipped.