Blending folk, soul, blues and traditional Appalachian elements, Valerie June crafts a refreshing, timeless sound that sits outside any particular musical era. June stands in a long and storied line of unique performers in Memphis, a city with an ever vibrant music scene. As the daughter of a brick cleaner from West Tennessee’s flatlands, June took quickly to the area’s array of local roots music styles. She taught herself guitar and developed her own stylistic mix, breathing new life into traditional material, and writing original pieces with an eye to the influences of passionate, socially-minded songwriters like Bob Marley. She has since added banjo and lap steel to her musical base.
Her powerful, eclectic performances are drawing attention far and wide—particularly at folk festivals and workshops. June delights audiences with stunning emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo). Hailed by the New York Times as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully-formed new talents,” she has also earned recognition through performances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Austin City Limits and even an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at The White House.