Val Levine’s entry into the world of music was anything but by the book.  “Growing up as a figure skater, I always felt I was assigned to the other side of the music,” says Levine.  And for decades, she was.

 

Val started ice skating at age four, and by age seven, was turning heads as an upcoming athlete to watch. She competed throughout her youth, graduated college with a degree in dance, then spent years on the pro ice show circuit, including a season touring with 'Ice Capades'.

 

Val loved skating, but recalls joking once about wishing she had been a country western singer. An absurd and random thought in the mind of a Jewish girl from Brooklyn who didn't even own a guitar. 

 

One day on a break from practice, a musician-hockey player showed her a few chords. At the time Val was coaching young skaters, including the son of Matt Umanov, owner of the legendary Bleecker street guitar shop in Greenwich Village, NY. Matt hooked her up with a beginner guitar, a Sigma, which she still has today. Having also been an avid writer growing up, the story of this singer- songwriter begins here.

 

Since then, Val has released a full length CD entitled "Paper Romance" and three subsequent single releases all of of which can be heard on most mainstream music platforms. Her most recent tracks taught some of the best players in Nashville, where she has been spending several months out of the year.  

 

Levine's sound is sometimes quirky, sometimes country, always creative and cool.  "Nothing cookie cutter about this songwriter" one listener reports. "She sings what's in my head...." says another, "... a little hidden treasure. "