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  photo credit / Cynthia White

photo credit / Cynthia White

 
 

It all started when…

New York City is still home to Val Kinzler aka “Valkyrie” as she’s affectionately known to her friends and fans.

Val started playing piano at age five and as her passion for songwriting grew, she picked up the guitar which led her to playing solo gigs around the NYC area and later in Europe.

Throught her life, Val has taught music and created special events involving women in music. Her latest CD titled, “Nothing Sacred About Hatred”, is the culmination of years of songwriting. Val shares a lifetime of joy, pain, love, and loss in her lyrics.  Inspired by the blues, Val’s theatrical edge has led her to create her own genre of soulful “sophistipunk” .

Val’s first all girl band experience with “The Sirens” found her playing Hammond B3 organ, piano and singing classic rock n’ roll covers while studying jazz piano at Berklee in Boston, and later at Queens College as a music major. She also majored in theater and enjoyed performing as an actress in plays and as a film/television extra.

Val’s voice and songs caught the ear of Sid Bernstein who became one of her mentors.

She later recorded with good friend Ted Horowitz aka Popa Chubby who played lead guitar and co-produced her “True Love Lies” collection. Thereafter, Val’s “East Third Street” record was produced by Genya Ravan who also sang background vocals.  After working as a prevention intervention specialist for the NYC Department of Education, Val resigned to recover from the stress of working (as a driven rocker and impassioned idealist) within the confines of a bureaucracy. She then conceptualized her “Resume” CD, got married and experienced motherhood with the birth of her only child, son Jesse Skye. Val remains an integral part of the downtown New York City singer/songwriter music scene as an event promoter and performer.  She’s explored various musical genres always re-embracing to her roots rocker vibe.  Her spirited presence,  unorthadox vocal style, and award winning songs led her to collaborate with other noteworthy talent She’s opened for and/or shared the stage with Dr. John, Marty Balin, Three Dog Night, Johnny Johnson,

Jon Paris and others.

Val later joined forces with local musicians to create her band “Validation”  playing hard edged punk rock originals at local clubs. Songs such as: “Dirty Blonde”, “Keep Your Baby On A Leash”, and “Metal Swing” which quickly became crowd favorites and Val still re-visits these catchy tunes at her solo dates!

To date, Val remains involved playing gigs with VKB(Val Kinzler Band) Comprised of veteran musicians, Joseph Vasta (Mink De Ville, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, John Waite), David White (The Hollies, Stumblebunny) and Ihle Factor (Ian Lloyd, John Ford).

Val is looking forward to continuing her inspirational journey

on her forthcoming recordings and tours!

Her latest single “Everyday” (produced by hit maker Russ Desalvo) is an up-lifting anthem addressing terrorism and it’s impact our world at large. It is a follow-up to Val’s “Nothing Sacred About Hatred” title track from her 2015 release.

Val continues to work with students in the New York City public school system as a facilitator of her “Music Cool” songwriting program.

After losing her youngest brother to a drug overdose, Val traveled to Pittsburgh, PA on a Martin Guitars Scholarship through  the organization “Women In Music”.

It was there that her song “The Junky Next Door” stirred up conversation among her peers and other attending teen students about the horrific problem of addiction tearing families apart. Val recognized the importance of providing a safe haven for students to discuss and vent their concerns and saw target songwriting as a tool for reconciling their angst.

Using songwriting as an artistic medium, she teaches tolerance, organizes anti-bullying campaigns and helps children apply their life experiences to assist their peers in practicing peaceful conflict resolution skills.

Val’s Music Cool World program was featured alongside “Sesame Street” and “Songs of Love” on WFUV’s City Scape

Program.

In Val’s own words: “ I have a fire in my belly that propels me forward to impart healing through music.  Rock n’ roll is liberating and unites people from all walks of life!”

Everyday

“Recycle raw emotion, life’s poetry in commotion

  We all share one breath from the cradle to death”

Everyday, everyday, my friend

Love ricochets

(Even as the bullets spray)

Everyday.

For more information about Val Kinzler and her band please visit: www.valkinzler.com

         http://www.facebook.com/vkblive

         http://www.instagram.com/nycvalkyrie

         http://www.reverbnation.com/vkblive

         http://www.twitter.com/valkyriekinzler

 

   

 

 

 

New York City is still home to Val Kinzler aka “Valkyrie” as she’s affectionately known to her friends and fans.

Val started playing piano at age five and as her passion for songwriting grew, she picked up the guitar which led her to playing solo gigs around the NYC area and later in Europe.

Born to a German father who changed the family’s legal name  from Von Kientzler to Meier,  Val’s friend,  Larry Russell, producer of her “Resume” CD, suggested she reclaim her birth name, “Valkyrie Birgitta Von Kientzler.” Hence, the artist, “Val Kinzler” was realized!

Throught her life, Val has taught music and created special events involving women in music. Her latest CD titled, “Nothing Sacred About Hatred”, is the culmination of years of songwriting. Val shares a lifetime of joy, pain, love, and loss in her lyrics.  Inspired by the blues, Val’s theatrical edge has led her to create her own genre of soulful “sophistipunk” .

Val’s first all girl band experience with “The Sirens” found her playing Hammond B3 organ, piano and singing classic rock n’ roll covers while studying jazz piano at Berklee in Boston, and later at Queens College as a music major. She also majored in theater and enjoyed performing as an actress in plays and as a film/television extra.

Val’s voice and songs caught the ear of Sid Bernstein who became one of her mentors.

She later recorded with good friend Ted Horowitz aka Popa Chubby who played lead guitar and co-produced her “True Love Lies” collection. Thereafter, Val’s “East Third Street” record was produced by Genya Ravan who also sang background vocals.  After working as a prevention intervention specialist for the NYC Department of Education, Val resigned to recover from the stress of working (as a driven rocker and impassioned idealist) within the confines of a bureaucracy. She then conceptualized her “Resume” CD, got married and experienced motherhood with the birth of her only child, son Jesse Skye. Val remains an integral part of the downtown New York City singer/songwriter music scene as an event promoter and performer.  She’s explored various musical genres always re-embracing to her roots rocker vibe.  Her spirited presence,  unorthadox vocal style, and award winning songs led her to collaborate with other noteworthy talent She’s opened for and/or shared the stage with Dr. John, Marty Balin, Three Dog Night, Johnny Johnson,

Jon Paris and others.

Val later joined forces with local musicians to create her band “Validation”  playing hard edged punk rock originals at local clubs. Songs such as: “Dirty Blonde”, “Keep Your Baby On A Leash”, and “Metal Swing” which quickly became crowd favorites and Val still re-visits these catchy tunes at her solo dates!

To date, Val remains involved playing gigs with VKB(Val Kinzler Band) Comprised of veteran musicians, Joseph Vasta (Mink De Ville, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, John Waite), David White (The Hollies, Stumblebunny) and Ihle Factor (Ian Lloyd, John Ford).

Val is looking forward to continuing her inspirational journey

on her upcoming European solo tour!

Her latest single “Everyday” (produced by hit maker Russ Desalvo) is an up-lifting anthem addressing terrorism and it’s impact our world at large. It is a follow-up to Val’s “Nothing Sacred About Hatred” title track from her 2015 release.

Val continues to work with students in the New York City public school system as a facilitator of her “Music Cool” songwriting program.

After losing her youngest brother to a drug overdose, Val traveled to Pittsburgh, PA on a Martin Guitars Scholarship through  the organization “Women In Music”.

It was there that her song “The Junky Next Door” stirred up conversation among her peers and other attending teen students about the horrific problem of addiction tearing families apart. Val recognized the importance of providing a safe haven for students to discuss and vent their concerns and saw target songwriting as a tool for reconciling their angst.

Using songwriting as an artistic medium, she teaches tolerance, organizes anti-bullying campaigns and helps children apply their life experiences to assist their peers in practicing peaceful conflict resolution skills.

Val’s Music Cool World program was featured alongside “Sesame Street” and “Songs of Love” on WFUV’s City Scape

Program.

In Val’s own words: “ I have a fire in my belly that propels me forward to impart healing through music.  Rock n’ roll is liberating and unites people from all walks of life!”

Everyday

“Recycle raw emotion, life’s poetry in commotion

  We all share one breath from the cradle to death”

Everyday, everyday, my friend

Love ricochets

(Even as the bullets spray)

Everyday.

For more information about Val Kinzler and her band please visit: www.valkinzler.com

         http://www.facebook.com/vkblive

         http://www.instagram.com/nycvalkyrie

         http://www.reverbnation.com/vkblive

         http://www.twitter.com/valkyriekinzler

 

   

 

 

 

New York City is still home to Val Kinzler aka “Valkyrie” as she’s affectionately known to her friends and fans.

Val started playing piano at age five and as her passion for songwriting grew, she picked up the guitar which led her to playing solo gigs around the NYC area and later in Europe.

Born to a German father who changed the family’s legal name  from Von Kientzler to Meier,  Val’s friend,  Larry Russell, producer of her “Resume” CD, suggested she reclaim her birth name, “Valkyrie Birgitta Von Kientzler.” Hence, the artist, “Val Kinzler” was realized!

Throught her life, Val has taught music and created special events involving women in music. Her latest CD titled, “Nothing Sacred About Hatred”, is the culmination of years of songwriting. Val shares a lifetime of joy, pain, love, and loss in her lyrics.  Inspired by the blues, Val’s theatrical edge has led her to create her own genre of soulful “sophistipunk” .

Val’s first all girl band experience with “The Sirens” found her playing Hammond B3 organ, piano and singing classic rock n’ roll covers while studying jazz piano at Berklee in Boston, and later at Queens College as a music major. She also majored in theater and enjoyed performing as an actress in plays and as a film/television extra.

Val’s voice and songs caught the ear of Sid Bernstein who became one of her mentors.

She later recorded with good friend Ted Horowitz aka Popa Chubby who played lead guitar and co-produced her “True Love Lies” collection. Thereafter, Val’s “East Third Street” record was produced by Genya Ravan who also sang background vocals.  After working as a prevention intervention specialist for the NYC Department of Education, Val resigned to recover from the stress of working (as a driven rocker and impassioned idealist) within the confines of a bureaucracy. She then conceptualized her “Resume” CD, got married and experienced motherhood with the birth of her only child, son Jesse Skye. Val remains an integral part of the downtown New York City singer/songwriter music scene as an event promoter and performer.  She’s explored various musical genres always re-embracing to her roots rocker vibe.  Her spirited presence,  unorthadox vocal style, and award winning songs led her to collaborate with other noteworthy talent She’s opened for and/or shared the stage with Dr. John, Marty Balin, Three Dog Night, Johnny Johnson,

Jon Paris and others.

Val later joined forces with local musicians to create her band “Validation”  playing hard edged punk rock originals at local clubs. Songs such as: “Dirty Blonde”, “Keep Your Baby On A Leash”, and “Metal Swing” which quickly became crowd favorites and Val still re-visits these catchy tunes at her solo dates!

To date, Val remains involved playing gigs with VKB(Val Kinzler Band) Comprised of veteran musicians, Joseph Vasta (Mink De Ville, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, John Waite), David White (The Hollies, Stumblebunny) and Ihle Factor (Ian Lloyd, John Ford).

Val is looking forward to continuing her inspirational journey

on her upcoming European solo tour!

Her latest single “Everyday” (produced by hit maker Russ Desalvo) is an up-lifting anthem addressing terrorism and it’s impact our world at large. It is a follow-up to Val’s “Nothing Sacred About Hatred” title track from her 2015 release.

Val continues to work with students in the New York City public school system as a facilitator of her “Music Cool” songwriting program.

After losing her youngest brother to a drug overdose, Val traveled to Pittsburgh, PA on a Martin Guitars Scholarship through  the organization “Women In Music”.

It was there that her song “The Junky Next Door” stirred up conversation among her peers and other attending teen students about the horrific problem of addiction tearing families apart. Val recognized the importance of providing a safe haven for students to discuss and vent their concerns and saw target songwriting as a tool for reconciling their angst.

Using songwriting as an artistic medium, she teaches tolerance, organizes anti-bullying campaigns and helps children apply their life experiences to assist their peers in practicing peaceful conflict resolution skills.

Val’s Music Cool World program was featured alongside “Sesame Street” and “Songs of Love” on WFUV’s City Scape

Program.

In Val’s own words: “ I have a fire in my belly that propels me forward to impart healing through music.  Rock n’ roll is liberating and unites people from all walks of life!”

Everyday

“Recycle raw emotion, life’s poetry in commotion

  We all share one breath from the cradle to death”

Everyday, everyday, my friend

Love ricochets

(Even as the bullets spray)

Everyday.

For more information about Val Kinzler and her band please visit: www.valkinzler.com

         http://www.facebook.com/vkblive

         http://www.instagram.com/nycvalkyrie

         http://www.reverbnation.com/vkblive

         http://www.twitter.com/valkyriekinzler

 

   

 

 

 

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