Valerie Nicole

Valerie Nicole

 West Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
BandPopRock

With a nomination for the 717 Music Awards, the Valerie Nicole's bubbly, soulful pop/rock sound has clever lyrics that connect with people on a very real and personal level. Valerie is making her mark on the east coast in 2011, and you won't want to miss her!

Biography

For booking: Contact Valerie at bookme@valerienicole.net or call 484-529-4841.

It all started with Valerie Nicole, who always jokes that she practically came out of the womb singing and knew at a very early age that music would be a significant part of her life. As a kid, she listened to The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Aerosmith (her mom's favorite bands), which were a definite influence on her appreciation of music. Involvement in numerous music groups throughout her entire primary, intermediate, and high school years soon followed.

Her passion for music led to her decision to study music in college, where she received formal training in music theory, ear training, sight singing, and composition.

After graduation from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Music Education in 2005, she spent a few years teaching general/vocal music in the elementary schools, but decided teaching was not for her. So, she read everything and anything she could about the music business and jumped full-force into pursuing a career in music. After competing at the 2007 American Model and Talent Competition in Orlando, FL, she was awarded 3rd place in the singer/songwriter category. She also had her single "Can't Imagine" accepted by Indie Express to be on their Volume 1 CD in March 2008. This CD was distributed at Canadian Music Week as well as to press and radio stations in Australia! She has been featured in local eastern PA newspapers and radio stations such as The PA Musician, The Reading Eagle, Ticket Magazine (Montgomery Newspapers), Berks-Mont News, and WCHE 1520 AM.

Valerie Nicole writes and sings her own original pop/rock material and plays acoustic guitar and keyboard. She has been touring eastern PA and NJ since January 2008, including special showcases at Musikfest, Millennium Music Conference, and SS Cape May. She now performs solo acoustic shows, and sometimes acoustic duos with Keith Privigyi on lead guitar. Her new album "From the Heart" was released on January 9th, 2009, which has opened up several opportunities for Valerie. She was nominated in the Best Female Vocalist category for the 717 Music Awards held in Harrisburg, PA this June.

Future projects in 2011 include a new marketing campaign, the release of new singles, a college radio campaign, getting into the college market, and tv/film licensing opportunities.

PAST BOOKINGS:
Valerie Nicole has been booked at over 75 venues in the last three years... these are some of the most noteworthy venues. For a full list, go to www.valerienicole.net

American MusicFest - Harrisburg, PA
Best Buy LIVE - Oxford Valley mall, PA
The Bitter End - New York, NY
Cape May Singer Songwriter - Cape May, NJ
Carley's Ristorante and Piano Bar - Harrisburg, PA
Carney's - Cape May, NJ
Chaplin's Music Cafe - Spring City, PA
Chile Pepper Food Fest - Bowers, PA
Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown, PA
Elizabethtown College - Elizabethtown, PA
Ephrata Performing Arts Center - Ephrata, PA
FirstEnergy Stadium (national anthem @ Reading Phillies games) - Reading, PA
The Gap Store - Born to Play national event - Wyomissing, PA
Goggleworks - Reading, PA
Greater Reading Expo - Reading, PA
Harrisburg Civic Center - Harrisburg, PA
KatManDu - Trenton, NJ
Kildare's - Philadelphia (Manayunk), PA
Kutztown Folk Fest - Kutztown, PA
Kutztown University - Kutztown, PA
Millennium Music Conference - Harrisburg, PA
Mid-Day Cafe - Reading, PA
Musikfest - Bethlehem, PA
National Vigil for Hope Event - Scranton, PA
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair - Richboro, PA
Rutger's University - Piscataway, NJ
Starbuck's - Wyomissing, PA
Steel City Coffeehouse - Phoenixville, PA
St. Peter's College - Jersey City, NJ
Sovereign Center (National Anthem @ Reading Royals games) - Reading, PA
Women's Show @ York Expo Center - York, PA

Lyrics

Can't Imagine

Written By: Valerie Nicole

I don’t wanna lose you.
I just wanna lay in your arms tonight.

Oh I wish that we could work this out
If only there was some other way
So I didn’t have to watch you walk away
Cause there’s something so real and true,
About you and me
And I don’t wanna have to watch you leave.

I don’t wanna lose you.
I just wanna lay in your arms tonight.

Chorus
I would risk everything,
To be the one you’re lovin’.
And I’d give anything,
To be held perfect in your eyes
I would risk everything,
To be the one you’re lovin’.
Cause a life without you, I can’t imagine

Oh how my heart begins to melt
As I look into your eyes
Why can’t we just give this love one try
Because I feel without a doubt
Deep inside of me
That this love is really meant to be

I don't wanna lose you
I just wanna lay in your arms tonight.

Chorus

I don't wanna lose you
I just wanna lay in your arms tonight.

Fed Up

Written By: Valerie Nicole

I don’t wanna hear it.
I’m so sick and tired of your lies.
And I don’t wanna listen.
Don’t believe you, baby, just don’t even try.

Chorus
Because I’m fed up.
And I’ve had enough.
You might as well give up,
‘Cause I don’t need your love.
Because I’m fed up.
And I’ve had enough.
You might as well give up,
‘Cause I don’t need your love.

I don’t really need this.
So much better off here on my own.
And I’m ready to leave it
All behind me, baby, I’d rather be alone.

Repeat Chorus 2x

You don’t really love me.
Why don’t you just pack your things and leave?
You don’t really need me.
So, get out of my face and finally let me breathe.

Repeat Chorus 2x

Baby you know you had the chance
To be a part of something real and true,
But you fooled around one too many times.
All you could think about was you.
And now I need to let you go.
You no longer need to worry ‘bout me.
Gave you time to change, you know,
But you failed, and I’m gone, and you’re free.

Repeat Chorus 2x

You Never Really Loved Me

Written By: Valerie Nicole

I’ve been thinking for some time
How you always cross my mind.
But I know that we could never be,
‘Cause I could never make you happy.
No matter what I do,
I could never be the one for you.

Chorus
But I’m so damn tired of being alone.
All I wanted from you was a place to call home.
So, I gave myself to you,
But you don’t want that, do you?
You never really loved me at all…
At all, at all, at all, at all

So, I pack my things and leave,
But you don’t even notice me.
You know I put my trust in you,
But all you did was tear my heart in two.
No matter what I do,
I could never be the one for you.

Chorus

You never really loved me at all…

Misunderstood

Written By: Valerie Nicole

Just cause I’m laid back, don’t mean I’m easy
Playin’ your games, oh no, that won’t please me
I need a man I can fall in love with
And not a boy who thinks I’m not worth it
You kissesd me once, now you think you’ve got me
But that won’t hold me, just you wait and see
You gotta show me you really want this
And if you don’t, I can do without it

Chorus
I am misunderstood sometimes
I am more than just a plaything
You have misunderstood the signs
And now I’m sayin’ goodbye
I am misunderstood sometimes
I am more than just a plaything
You have misunderstood the signs
And now I’m sayin’ goodbye

Just cause I’m cute, it don’t mean I’m stupid
I don’t go blind when I’m hit by cupid
You talk so sweet when I ask where you’ve been
Gimme a break, who d’ya think you’re foolin’?
When you don’t call back for over a week
Yet think it’s fine to get all up on me
I’m not the girl for your casual fling
So listen closely to what I’m sayin’

Chorus

Bridge
Isn’t workin for me
You don’t make me happy
Haven’t got what I’m lookin for
You don’t wanna take time
Finding out what’s inside
Lost your chance, I’m closing the door

Chorus

Oh, oh, goodbye to you
Oh, misunderstood sometimes

Final Chorus

His Love

Written By: Valerie Nicole

He used to love her, always hugged her, when she called his name
Now she cringes when the hinges squeak on the doorframe
He used to kiss her, said he missed her, put jewels on her wrist
Now replaced with cold, blind rage, he’s quick to raise a fist

Chorus
And as her teardrops fall like rain
And she just hangs her head in shame
And she can hardly stand the pain
Of his love
And as she waits up late at night
Knowing he’ll come home and start a fight
And she will feel the power and might
Of his love

She used to light up at the sight of his romantic stare
Now he’ll chide her, patronize her, greet her with a glare
She used to wonder, always pondered of the day they’d wed
Now he’ll shake her, bruise and break her, fill her heart with dread

Chorus

Now she’s scheming, ways of leaving, getting back her life
The time had come to up and run, and set things back to right
She starts a fire, flames grow higher, for her great escape
He’ll think she burned when he returns to only ash and flames

Final Chorus
And now her teardrops fall like rain
But she will no longer feel the shame
Cause he can no longer cause her pain
With his love
And as she goes to leave that night
She knows that she will win this fight
Never again feel the power and might
Of his love

Wake Up

Written By: Valerie Nicole

Chorus
When are we gonna wake up?
Open up our eyes
When are we gonna wake up?
And realize
When are we gonna stand up?
Take a stand and fight?
When are we gonna stand up?
And fight for our lives

We’ve got politicians who lie through their teeth
Little babies with nothing to eat
Senseless wars that bring no peace
Homeless people roaming the streets

TV exploiting trite affairs
Paris, and Lindsay, and Brittney, who cares?
Positive stories in the news are rare
When did hope become so scarce?

Chorus

We’ve got parents who let their kids run wild
In the trash we find an abandoned child
Molested children and battered wives
We don’t care that we’re causing our Earth to die

We’re a nation that suffers obesity
Yet we don’t replace the chemicals we eat
Calling others losers and freaks
Why can’t we appreciate unique?

Chorus to fade

Demons

Written By: Valerie Nicole

Young boy just turned seventeen
Drove drunk, hit a child, and fled the scene
Little baby girl died that night
Mother vowed she’d take that boy’s life
10 years later he fell in love
But never mentioned to her what he’d done
She found out on the day they wed
He was that boy, so she blew off his head

Chorus
Running from the demons of your past
Hoping that the memories won’t last
But your actions will catch up to you
Justice will be served and you’ll be through
Oh

Young girl only just twenty-one
Being doped up on drugs was so fun
One night pressured a friend to try
Her friend OD’d, and she left her to die
10 years passed, she was finally clean
A husband, baby, a new life it seemed
One day while they played hide and seek
Baby found some drugs, now he’s deceased

Chorus x2

Bridge
If you think you can live your life
Without doing your time
You’re wrong

Chorus
Oooo

So This Is Love

Written By: Valerie Nicole

Fairytales, “they aren’t real”, they say
Still I hoped for one anyway
Spent some years kissing lots of toads
But how else, how else would I have known
That when I met you, that you were the one for me?

So this is it, this is love
La la la la la la love love love
This is how it’s supposed to be
So this is it, this feels right
From the second you walked in my life
I knew I had found the missing piece
So this is love
So this is love

Many times, I tried to fit the mold
Of what they wanted, or so I was told
But with you, I can just be me
And you still, and you still love me
And now I know for sure that you’re the one for me

So this is it, this is love
La la la la la la love love love
This is how it’s supposed to be
So this is it, this feels right
From the second you walked in my life
I knew I had found the missing piece
So this is love
So this is love

You’re lovin arms around me, you make me feel complete
I’m so glad you found me, and swept me off my feet
Oooohhh

(key change)
So this is it, this is love
La la la la la la love love love
This is how it’s supposed to be
So this is it, this feels right
From the second you walked in my life
I knew I had found the missing piece
So this is love
So this is love

So this is it, this is love
So this is it, this is love
Fairytales, “they are real,” I say

Why Do I Fall

Written By: Valerie Nicole

I’ve been trying to find the reasons why
Why my heart and mind never see eye to eye
Flipping through the pages of my life
Searching for the chapter that turns out right
Maybe I should read between the lines

Why do I fall for Mr. Wrong?
And run away from Mr. Right?
Always, it’s the story of my life
Always, it’s the story of my life

How can what I feel, be so wrong?
Why does my heart always seem to long…
For the one who’s not worth my time
While Mr. Right stands in line
Maybe I’m just missing all the signs

Why do I fall for Mr. Wrong?
And run away from Mr. Right?
Always, it’s the story of my life
Always, it’s the story of my life

I hope one day
I will find
The one who’s right for both
My heart and mind
Who can change the story of my life

Why do I fall for Mr. Wrong?
And run away from Mr. Right?
Always, it’s the story of my life
Always, it’s the story of my life

Why do I fall, why do I fall?
Why do I fall, why do I fall?
Fall, fall
Fall, fall
Fall, fall
Fall, fall

Good Girls Finish Last

Written By: Valerie Nicole

Early,
In the morning
I stare at the ceiling
As I cry

Drowning
In all my pillows
Wishing they’d swallow
Swallow me up

Is it just me? Or does it seem?
That only good girls finish last
Please tell me why it never works out right
Cuz I’m the good girl who finishes last

Early
In the evening
I hear the phone ring
It’s not you

Maybe
You forgot about me
Or you’re just hangin
With your crew

Is it just me? Or does it seem?
That only good girls finish last
Please tell me why it never works out right
Cuz I’m the good girl who finishes last

Why can’t he see
How beautiful this could be
Why doesn’t he want me?
I don’t understand, but I have to believe

Its not just me. Although it seems,
That only good girls finish last
Please tell me why it never works out right
Cuz I’m the good girl who finishes last

Is it just me? Or does it seem?
That only good girls finish last
Please tell me why it never works out right
Cuz I’m the good girl who finishes last

I’m last
Yes, I’m last
In line

Discography

Albums

*The Final Fall (Jan 2011): Good Girls Finish Last, Holding On To Hope, Please Don't Wake Me, So This Is Love, Why Do I Fall?

*From the Heart (Jan 2009): Misunderstood, Naive, Livin in the Moment, From the Heart, Wake Up, Meant to Be, His Love, My Turn, Live Your Dreams, Demons

*Soul Searching EP (2007): Can't Imagine, Fed Up, You Never Really Loved Me, And She Sang

Compilations

*Indie Express Volume 1 (March 2008): Featuring "Can't Imagine"

*Canadian American Sizzlin' Hot Summer Radio Singles (June 2009): Featuring "Misunderstood" and "Livin' in the Moment"

Set List

I can play up to 4 hours of music. Sets are usually about 45 minutes long with 15 minute breaks between sets.

Repertoire list

Originals:
And She Sang
Can’t Imagine
Demons
Fed Up
From the Heart
Good Girls Finish Last
His Love
Holding on to Hope
How Can You Hold On
Live Your Dreams
Livin in the Moment
Meant To Be
Misfit
Misunderstood
My Turn
Naïve
Not Good Enough
Ordinary Celebrity
Please Don't Wake Me
So This Is Love
Stereotypo
You Never Really Loved Me
Wake Up
Why Do I Fall

Covers:
10,000 Maniacs - Because the Night
Beatles - Let it Be
Bon Jovi - Livin on a Prayer
Bon Jovi/Sugarland - Who Says You Can't Go Home
Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats
Cheap Trick - I Want You To Want Me
Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Coldplay - In My Place
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Deep Blue Something - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take Me Away
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
Jewel - Who Will Save Your Soul
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