DANNY KEAN / VALERIE GHENT
DANNY KEAN is an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and actor. Blind from birth, Danny began playing piano at age 2. By 15 he was playing New York City clubs and appearing on recording sessions. In 2003, Danny appeared at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2005, he won the Apollo amateur night four times in a row. His songs have been covered by Rock and Soul legends Gary "U S" Bonds and Maxine Brown. His album simply entitled Danny Kean, released in 2011 has garnered him critical acclaim. In September 2013, Danny became the youngest member to be inducted into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame.
In April 2016 Danny became the face of Tourism Quebec “Blind Love” campaign. He released the “Here It Is” EP in June 2017 which again received critical praise and produced three charting singles. 'You Love Me' peaked at number 48 on the us smooth jazz charts, 'Soul Provider' was nominated for song of the year in Soultracks readers poll and 'I Can’t Wait' reached number 42 on the Carolina beach music charts in May of 2018.
Powerhouse recording artist VALERIE GHENT is a New York singer, songwriter, keyboard phenomenon who regularly wows audiences with her emotive, evocative voice, piano chops to match, and “soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy.” An outstanding live performer, Valerie weaves together blues, soul, R+B, jazz and pop. With her stunning 3 1/2 octave range, listeners are treated to soulful, romantic, highly melodic music rendered with passion, undeniable skill and a mighty heart.
It’s no surprise Valerie has toured with music legends Ashford & Simpson and Debbie Harry, and performed/recorded with artists as diverse as Dr. Maya Angelou, Billy Preston, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Defunkt. In addition to her newest single, Feelin’ Alright (2018), Valerie has produced five albums, including Day to Day Dream, which launched her #1 hit song on iHeart Radio, Love Enough for a Lifetime. Her album Velours, recorded in NYC and France, was named Soul Tracks Top 50 Albums of 2016, plus launched the hit song and video, New York City Streets, hailed by critics as a “New Anthem for NYC”. Valerie tours and records in France several times each year. Her popularity in Europe resulted in the release of The French Sessions (2017), her first album on a French label.