The Lasting Happiness

The Lasting Happiness

 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

The Lasting Happiness is an upbeat feel good retro rock party band - they're hair-messing, soul-caressing, anti-depressing, loudly-expressing, dressing-to-impressing, groove-possessing, and love-professing. Quick on the pickup but slow to hiccup. It's their job to make you smile!


The Lasting Happiness is a hair-messing, soul-caressing, anti-depressing, loudly-expressing, dressing-to-impressing, groove-possessing, love-professing retro rock party band. Quick on the pickup but slow to hiccup.

What do The Rolling Stones, Spinal Tap, The Cure and Willy Wonka have in common? Nothing! That's why you won't get bored at their show.

The common thread weaving their sound together isn't a single genre or mood but an undercurrent of joy. Happiness is abundant throughout their songs, from dance floor favorites by the B-52's and Air to classics from the Beatles, Bowie and Queen and even wrenching blues from Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. Valerie's vivacious velvety voice voluptuously vocalizes legendary ladies like Dolly Parton, Nina Simone, Lucinda Williams and Ella Fitzgerald to lead a band of merrymakers through a wide range of eras and sounds.

The Lasting Happiness believes music is a celebration, and it's their job to make you smile.

The Lasting Happiness was honored to play Durham’s Strawberry Festival and the Carrboro ArtsCenter’s 35th Anniversary Celebration in May 2010, and the Festival for the Eno in Durham in July 2010. In January 2011 we're booked for the NHL All-Star Wide Open Celebration in Raleigh.

No longer must you take your happiness into your own hands - experienced professionals are now available to help! We can spread joy to your wedding, corporate event, nightclub or festival. In fact, we’d love to.


The Lasting Happiness released a 3-song EP in November 2009. WQFS in Greensboro, NC played each song multiple times times throughout fall and winter 2009.

Set List

Typical shows range from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

A-Ha - Take on Me
Air - Playground Love
Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Bessie Smith - Ain't Nobody's Business
Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet
Bob Dylan/Nina Simone - I Shall be Released
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Stir it Up
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys - Blues for Dixie
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys - Sugar Moon
Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire
Buddy & Judy Miller - Don't Listen to the Wind
Chris Isaak - Wicked Game
David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure
Dee-Lite - Groove is in the Heart
Doc Watson - Naomi Wise
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
Elvis Presley - That's All Right
Fats Waller/Dinah Washington - Ain't Misbehavin'
Frank Sinatra/Tony Bennett - Moonglow
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Hoagy Carmichael/Sarah Vaughan - The Nearness of You
Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing
James - Laid
Jason Mraz - I'm Yours
J.J. Cale - Magnolia
Jimmy Rodgers - Miss the Mississippi and