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"New Video Vali, Polaroid"

New York native Vali is already pretty ill (in a good way) by association -- she just signed to Rostrum Records, home to artists like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. NBD or anything. But we're also happy to report that girlfriend can stand on her own two feet as well. Vali's latest is "Polaroid," a downtempo pop jam that speaks to just how annoying those pesky paps can be. Produced by Sap (Mac Miller’s “Donald Trump”), Vali croons, "And posse for my Polaroid picture/Do it like polar bears in winter/Click, click, go for my Polaroid picture/Expose for me, then go for me/Rock that pose for my Polaroid picture!" Ugh, being famous and photographed can become so taxing can't it?

Watch Vali's "Polaroid" video after the jump!


In the video, Vali flaunts her way through a series of different vignettes -- we see her writhing around in a sea of Polaroids followed by a shot of her writhing around on a couch in a beautiful room. (Hey, Vali loves to writhe.) After some more seductive posing, Vali hops to a new locale for a quick dance break but not before she jets off to a room that's full of fake snow and fake polar bears. We have no clue what polar bears and fake snow have to do with paparazzi, but we don't really care. We can't wait to hear more from this girl.
- MTV Buzz Worthy


"New Video Vali, Polaroid"

New York native Vali is already pretty ill (in a good way) by association -- she just signed to Rostrum Records, home to artists like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. NBD or anything. But we're also happy to report that girlfriend can stand on her own two feet as well. Vali's latest is "Polaroid," a downtempo pop jam that speaks to just how annoying those pesky paps can be. Produced by Sap (Mac Miller’s “Donald Trump”), Vali croons, "And posse for my Polaroid picture/Do it like polar bears in winter/Click, click, go for my Polaroid picture/Expose for me, then go for me/Rock that pose for my Polaroid picture!" Ugh, being famous and photographed can become so taxing can't it?

Watch Vali's "Polaroid" video after the jump!


In the video, Vali flaunts her way through a series of different vignettes -- we see her writhing around in a sea of Polaroids followed by a shot of her writhing around on a couch in a beautiful room. (Hey, Vali loves to writhe.) After some more seductive posing, Vali hops to a new locale for a quick dance break but not before she jets off to a room that's full of fake snow and fake polar bears. We have no clue what polar bears and fake snow have to do with paparazzi, but we don't really care. We can't wait to hear more from this girl.
- MTV Buzz Worthy


"V Exclusive! Rostrum Records Presents Vali"

“We've been waiting for a while to get a new pop princess with triple threat capabilities for some time. That is, one who can sing (good), dance (good), and easily snag a modeling deal if she wanted to. Meet Rostrum Records recording artist Vali. This girl-on-the-rise has definitely impressed us, so take some time to put yourself on to Vali. Oh, and you can just thanks us later...” http://www.vibe.com/article/v-exclusive-rostrum-records-presents-vali - Vibe Magazine


Discography

Kiss The Sky - EP 2012
Shut It Down - Single 2013

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New York City-born Vali Porter actually got her big break at a nursing home. She was three years old and visiting her Alzheimer’s stricken grandmother. To lift her spirits, she broke out into dance moves while her mom played piano. "My grandpa was like, ’Whoa!’" the urban-pop singer recalls. "’We have to get her into dance classes.’"

Grandpa’s talent-scouting proved prescient. These days, Vali is a triple threat: a dancer and an actress–but first and foremost, a singer. Her R&B-inflected tracks are an assortment of stories with sticky hooks. For instance, the soulful "Polaroid," produced by Sap (Mac Miller’s "Donald Trump"), is muses about the paparazzi, while "Roxanne" retells the Police song from the protagonist’s view. "I love characters," she says. "It’s the theatrical side of me." Her work abounds with humor and heart–a nod to her love of Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, as well as to her hardscrabble upbringing, which she’s always taken in stride.

Vali was raised by her single mom in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. "There were a lot of gangs, a lot of drugs’" she says. "I was not a kid who got to go out. Music was... safe." And she was surrounded by it: Her mom was a clarinetist, and her dad, who lived nearby, a symphony conductor. Vali threw herself into classical piano, tap-dancing, and ballet, shepherded around in an old Buick by her grandfather, himself a ballroom dancer.

Vali wrote her first song, "Autumn Leaves," on the piano at age 2. ("Pretty sure my mom named it," she notes, laughing.) In elementary school, she sang in church, and in junior high, she toured the East Coast with her school choir. By the time she entered LaGuardia high school–the storied performance-arts establishment depicted in Fame– she announced her devotion to urban over classical music by forming her own girl pop band, Platinum Angels. "I was around kids who were singing, realizing their dreams," she says of the epiphany that she could actually do this for a living. "And I thought, Oh my god, that’s possible!"

While working on a music–theater degree at the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut, Vali shifted into hyperdrive. "I was doing everything," she admits. "I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do." She took time off from classes to star in the touring cast of "West Side Story" and "Hairspray" in Europe. She also joined rapper Nitty’s entourage as a back-up dancer. "I flew out to Texas, Arizona, North Carolina and went right back to school," she explains. "I told a lot of my teachers what was happening, and they let me do it cause it was performing. I was tired a lot. But I just loved it too much." She sang back–up for Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and The Eagles’ Joe Walsh. She even managed to squeeze in a session recording her track "Fast Car" with Wiz Khalifa during a stop while touring as a singer with the Trans–Siberian Orchestra. Music became her only mission.

So for the past year, Vali has been recording tracks with producers such as Mark Baston (Alicia Keys, Beyonce) and Tommy Brown (Black Eyed Peas) for a 2012 debut. "This industry is not easy," she says with wisdom beyond her years. "When you are a kid, you’re like, ’I wanna be President!’ As you grow up, you realize a lot of people want to be President. Music is like that: You have to do a lot more than just say you want it."