Val Blaha is a singer/songwriter of melody-driven Americana and folk music. Influenced by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, the Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, and Nanci Griffith, among others, Val loves writing songs that are both personal and political. Her vocal style is a unique blend of sweetness, sass, and a touch of blues.
Music has always played an important part in Val Blaha’s life. She sang before she could speak, and started piano studies at age 6, earning awards and accolades, and performing for large audiences as a child and teenager. Val studied piano accompaniment at UC Santa Barbara for 3 years, and went on to get undergraduate and graduate degrees in Anthropology.
In 2001 she began teaching private music lessons, and has been writing songs and performing steadily for the past 10 years. Val is a multi-instrumentalist who also plays guitar, bass, and mandolin.
Val produced and recorded her first album Find the Beauty in 2012. Water, Ashes & Wood, her second album of original folk/country songs, was released in January 2015, and included performances by Tim Ellis (guitar), Tony Furtado (banjo, slide guitar) and Tim Connell (mandolin). It garnered airplay on folk radio stations around the U.S. In 2016 Val released the EP Fact or Fiction, recorded in Portland, OR with producer Rob Stroup (The Baseboard Heaters, Moody Little Sister), along with the EP Possibility as part of duo Luminous Heart with McMinnville, Oregon singer/songwriter Jamie Corff.
Val recently completed a new full length album of original songs with producer/engineer Jamie Hill in Tacoma, WA. World on Fire will be released August 30.
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