Val continued to write stronger melodies, clearer hooks, deeper lyrics, and more complex songs while experiencing a full and busy life as wife and working mother so that before long, there were another dozen songs crying out to be recorded.
After almost committing to doing a kid's album, (CD number three?) she decided to focus again on adult material. And let's admit that as a single mother and divorcee, there were plenty of topics that audiences could relate to! The diversity of the new songs took Val to new genres, and her new producer and arranger, John Woolridge, (actually they were teenagers together in Bermuda) had the musical experience and expertise to challenge her and take her there.
Song styles on this album range from folk rock, country, calypso, to popular with a few traditional ballads for her original fans. An album with something for everyone, that promises to have you dancing one minute, and close to tears the next. An early release of Maximize as a single promoting the Curves Gym has proven very popular with local radio.
Read Sara Lagan in the Bermuda Sun
Val talks with Bryan Darby on VSB News >>Click here to open in your media player
"The album as a whole has an upbeat mood which perfectly reflects much of Bermuda’s beauty and spirit."
Read Scott Neil's article in the Royal Gazette.
"A Bermuda singer has recorded a song in support of a cat charity – and it may be picked up internationally."
Read Raymond Hainey's article in the Bermuda Sun.
These are shortened versions of Val's songs
Listen to extracts from Val's latest album
Be Fabulous is available at the Music Box and Brown & Co in Hamilton, Hand Made in Dockyard, Memories in St. George’s and now at Masterworks Museum in the Botanical Gardens, Paget.