Val Halla

Val Halla

 Regina, Saskatchewan, CAN
SoloFolkRock

Grunge, rock, blues, country, roots, folk. "Gruntry Music" perhaps? Featured in Guitar Player & Guitar World Magazine, Val Halla has performed hundreds of shows in the U.S. & Canada, alongside some of the biggest names in music. "Courtney Love meets the Allman Brothers".

Biography

Val Halla is a singer/songwriter and guitar player currently based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She has been featured in both Guitar Player Magazine and Guitar World Magazine, and is an endorsing artist for Mack Amps, Carparelli Guitars, and GHS Strings.


The daughter of a motorcycle riding, visual artist mother, and a hot air balloon flying, fiddle playing father, Val Halla was raised a free spirit destined to push limits.


With a sound that bends the rules of rock, roots, folk, and blues, some have described her music as "Gruntry Music" or as one reviewer described, "Courtney Love meets the Allman Brothers".


Blasting onto the western Canadian rock scene in 2001 at the tender age of 17, Val Halla first fell in with members of Vancouver's punk rock community, finding her way through legendary venues like the Cobalt, the Astoria, the Marine Club, and the Railway Club.  Beginning in 2004, various members of the acclaimed 10 piece funk juggernaut Five Alarm Funk supported Val Halla as band members in her touring and recording initiatives, including her debut 2007 self-titled release.


In 2008 Val Halla made the move to Nashville, Tennessee to hone her craft as a songwriter.  She remained based out of Nashville for the next 3 and a half years, while touring all across the United States and Canada, performing hundreds of gigs to thousands of people, including 2 performances at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.  


In the summer of 2010 Val Halla performed 41 shows as the direct support act to famed classic rock guitarist Ted Nugent on his cross-America tour. She then went on to perform direct support slots for Alice Cooper, Burton Cummings, Eric Burdon of The Animals, and Streetheart. 


After falling ill with pneumonia on a solo North American tour at the end of 2011, Val Halla made the move back to her Canadian prairie hometown in Saskatchewan to regroup, recover, and begin writing new material.  


What followed was 5 years of writing, recording, producing, and mixing what has become a three volume recorded body of work entitled A Walk On Part in the War.  All three volumes are scheduled to be released separately, staggered four months apart beginning April 7th, 2017. 


A Walk On Part in the War is three recorded albums of work split up loosely by genre.  


The first release will showcase heavy rock guitars, blues and rockabilly, and 90's grunge rock nods.  


The second release uses the roots sounds of the banjo, dobro, fiddle, and mandolin, to tell stories from Val Halla's travels across the United States and commentary on places like Sioux City, Iowa and the isolation of a snowstorm on the desolate plains, or the resilience of the people she met in places like Detroit, Michigan or Cleveland, Ohio - the abandoned manufacturing hubs of the "Rust belt" in the American midwest.  


The third release harkens back to old time country artists like Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette, with pedal steel laced ballads and 3 part harmonies.


The only muse that Val Halla has ever followed is her love for music, which has taken her through multiple genres and many circles of musicians and styles in the last 10 years.  Always one to listen, experience, and soak up the sights and sounds around her, it is no wonder that her writing and recordings are as eclectic as her many friends, fans, and followers are.  


Being a fan of Val Halla isn't to enjoy a particular brand of rock music or roots music.  Being a fan of Val Halla is to enjoy her sounds from the heartland of Canada, interpreting the heart and soul of those around her, from Vancouver to Nashville, from Detroit, Michigan to San Marcos, Texas - from Cleveland, Ohio to the Arizona desert - interpretations being told with such cutting honesty that the edge exists whether it be a ballad, folk song, or a rockin' rager.   


In Val Halla's new song "I Still Believe In Rock N Roll" from the upcoming roots release, she states quite plainly to all who might question her musical standpoints, "Rock N Roll is not a genre, it's a f**king attitude".  

Lyrics

The Bad Girl Touch

Written By: Val Halla

My room is all pink with a cute teddy bear,
But the walls match the lace on my underwear
I wear my shirts low but keep my hair in a bow
I’m where Carmen Electra meets Mariyln Monroe

I sang in the choir after takin a toke
I like to drink my whiskey with a splash of cherry coke
I’m always changin’ my hair to keep my past unknown
I make a horrible blonde cause my roots always show

I’m the good good girl with the bad girl touch
Good good girl with the bad girl touch
Good good girl
Good good girl with the bad girl touch

I can’t stand war and I can’t stand hate
But if you grab my ass I’ll still punch yah in the face
I believe in compassion I believe in the soul
I still love sex, pot, and rock and roll

Chorus
Chorus

So come on over
I’ll show you I’m good and true
And while you’re over
I’ll show you my bad side too
I’ll show you what good girls do
With the bad girl touch

It’s good to be a good girl
With the bad girl touch

Black Butterflies

Written By: Val Halla

This ain't no place for the weak at heart
There's no promises here
Ain't no
innocence left to be stolen
No god's of mercy here

I missed out on the part
of the young girl
simple kind of life
Just to go out chasing angels
In a
lost and lonely night

So if I make it to 25
I'll keep this dream alive
But
if tomorrow the sun don't rise
Picture me asleep on the wind
A kid on the
wings of
Black Butterflies

Well there's no time for crying in the early
hours
No time to witness the hurt
Go knocking on doors for the love of the
world
Pull your wings up from the dirt

And i'm looking to fly away
Just
like the butterflies did
But I'm fighting to stay
to see the day
When i find
all the love I missed

So if I make it to 25
I'll keep this dream alive
But
if tomorrow the sun don't rise
Picture me asleep on the wind
A kid on the
wings of
Black Butterflies

So if I make it to 25
I'll keep this dream
alive
But if tomorrow the sun don't rise
Picture me asleep on the wind
A kid
on the wings of
Black Butterflies

This ain't no place for the weak at
heart
There's no promises here

Dark Sister

Written By: Val Halla/Dan Cohen/Alan Bennett

Dark Sister

Verse 1
Breathing in your wizard's smoke
My head is getting light
BLUEBERRY AND DANDELIONS in the air tonight
RUB AGAINST MY PERFUME, USE IT FOR YOUR OWN
WHEN YOU LEAVE TOMORROW
I'LL BE WEARING YOUR COLOGNE

Chorus
I'm not the girl you used to know
There's someone standing in my shadow
I'm not the girl I used to be
Since my dark sister came lookin for me

Verse 2
Your chest starts to rise and fall
Your eyes are rollin round
YOU LOOK JUST LIKE THE MUSIC
LIKE I'M SEEING EVERY SOUND
PLAY ME SOMETHING HEAVY
hit me with the beat
LET ME HEAR YOUR CAVEMAN GROAN
COME FROM INSIDE ME

Chorus?
I'm not the girl you used to know
There's someone standing in my shadow
I'm not the girl I used to be
Since my dark sister came lookin for me

Verse 3

She found me in your bedroom
Right when the lights went low
She locked me in the closet
So you would never know
AND SHE LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE ME
AS SHE PUSHED YOU TO THE BED
Now everytime I get you alone
you get her instead.

Chorus
I'm not the girl you used to know
There's someone standing in my shadow
I'm not the girl I used to be
Since my dark sister came lookin for me

my dark sister....has got you on the bed.....and she's got you instead.... my dark sister....

Good Lovin’ Is What You Need

Written By: Val Halla


I guess that I’ll be on my way
I see you’ve found somebody new
But does she know your heart?
Does she know you like I do?

I guess I’ll look the other way
When you’re holding her so tight
But when did this begin
And when did I fall out of sight?

Is it that easy to let me go?
Do you ever think of me at all?

If good lovin’ is what you need
Why’d you just up and leave?
I gave you the best, I gave it to you right
I’ll give it to you honey every single night
Why would you ever leave me
When good lovin’ is what you need

I guess I find it kind of strange
The way she’s calling out to you
Oh, Hanging on your words
Hanging like I used to

I know you’re hear with her tonight
With her standing by your side
But as we said Hello
Did I catch that longing in your eyes?

Or is it that easy to let me go?
Do you ever think of me at all?

If good lovin’ is what you need
Why’d you just up and leave?
I gave you the best, I gave it to you right
I’ll give it to you honey every single night
If good lovin’ is what you need
Oh Baby come back to me
She might make you happy, she might treat you good
But I can love you better than she ever could
Why would you ever leave me
When good lovin’ is what you need

Goodnight

Written By: Val Halla & Warren Hibbert

Written By: Val Halla & Warren Hibbert

Goodnight, its time for leavin’
I won’t let you out of my mind
We had a good time and I can’t shake the feelin’
This is goodnight but it isn’t goodbye

My glass is empty and I’m hazy, as we’re heading for the door
You smile and I’m feeling crazy, I want to live this night once more
So don’t look back, tomorrow we can start all over

Goodnight, its time for leavin’
I won’t let you out of my mind
We had a good time and I can’t shake the feelin’
This is goodnight but it isn’t goodbye

I’m out of money but you’re watching out for me
You say let’s get you home
I’m in a good place, its written on my face
Tonight I didn’t feel alone
So don’t look back, tomorrow there’s still time for dreamin’

Goodnight, its time for leavin’
I won’t let you out of my mind
We had a good time and I can’t shake the feelin’
This is goodnight but it isn’t goodbye

It still feels early, I’m not ready for sleep
Till the sun’s coming up
Not thinkin’ too clearly, still I want you near me
But all I can say is
Goodnight

I Wanna Be With You

Written By: Val Halla

I Wanna Be With You
Written by: Val Halla


I don't rush you out the door
But I don't ask you to stay

I make you breakfast in the morning

But then you're on your way

And everyday it's the same old thing 

There's always that moment
As I watch you walk away

I know, how bad I want this

I wanna be with you, I really wouldn't mind

You stickin around for a long time

I wanna be with you, 
sick of being alone

I'd like to keep you from going home
Oh I wish you would stay

I don't ever ask for more

Convince myself I'm ok

I try to keep my heart from showing
Don't want to scare you away

And everyday it's the same old thing 

There's always that moment
As I watch you walk away

I know, how bad I want this

I wanna be with you, I really wouldn't mind

You stickin around for a long time

I wanna be with you, 
sick of being alone

I'd like to keep you from going home
Oh I wish you would stay


Stay, stay the afternoon
You're always leaving too soon
Stay with me

If I could only find the words to say

Discography

2017 (August/September Upcoming) - A Walk On Part III (working title)

2017 (April/May Upcoming) - A Walk On Part II (working title)

2017 (January Upcoming) - A Walk Part in the War 

2014 Single - I'm A Loser And I Like It

2011 Single - Go Tell It On The Mountain

2010 LP - No Place

2008 Single - The Bad Girl Touch

2007 LP - Val Halla (Self Titled)

2006 LP - Valerie Raye McLeod (Self Titled)

2002 Single - Knowing What I Know Now

2002 Single - Johnny Johnny

2002 Single - Turn Out The Light

2001 LP - At First Glance

Set List

please inquire