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VALERIE JOHNSON - Singer, Resource Music Teacher



PO Box 678, Nipomo, CA 93444  
bluesyall@wildblue.net  (805) 423-8592

PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN:  Lead Singer, Band Leader.

INSTRUMENTS:  Ukelele, washboard, guitar and various rhythm instruments.
 
STYLES OF MUSIC:  Blues, Traditional New Orleans Jazz, Classic Jazz, Rock & Roll, Gospel.
 
CURRENTLY: 
Valerie Johnson & Al. B. Blue; Karen Tyler Trio featuring Valerie Johnson & Al B Blue; lead singer with The Strata-Tones; The Val, Al & Dr Bob Trio; Creole Syncopators; Valerie Johnson & Her King Bees  

PAST BANDS:  Big Brother and The Holding Company, Golden Eagle Jazz Band, Alcatraz Angels, New Sound Boogie Band, Valerie Johnson & the Blues Doctors, Bitburg Gospel Messengers.     

BAND TOURS

  United States, Canada, Germany and Thailand. 

ADDITIONAL MUSICAL ENDEAVORS:

History of the Blues - 2011 - Present. A two hour presentation put together by Valerie Johnson, Al B Blue and Karen Tyler. Includes history of Blues and Traditional New Orleans Jazz from early 1900's to current times. Preformed at various community events and festivals.

Second Place in the International Blues Competition - RegionalsSponsored by Santa Barbara Blues Society, Santa Barbara, California, Acoustic/Duo 2010

Celebrity Cruises - 1st Place - Talent Show 2008

Resource Music Teacher, 1999 - present, grades K-12, Santa Barbara to Big Sur, California school districts. 

Ten years experience as a professional music workshop developer and facilitator, including, BLUES FOR KIDS, a fun interactive performance and workshop on the history of Blues, Jazz and Gospel Music. The program introduces participants to song writing, and targets ages two to ninety-two!

EDUCATIONAL TOURS

Venues throughout the United States at public/private schools,  elementary through high schools, also blues societies and libraries.  Women in the Blues Workshops also presented at various festivals in California and Canada.

SPECIALTY TOURS

Juvenile halls, youth prisons, Big Brother/Big Sister groups throughout California.  These workshops focus on the use of songwriting skills to produce a positive method of communication and to diminish emotional stress.  They also help children find their hidden musical passion. 

REFERENCES 

  Santa Barbara Blues Society bestowed Lifetime Membership upon Valerie & Al B Blue, because of their work with youth in their Interactive Blues for Kids programs. http://sbblues.org

  Members of The Blues Foundation and Blues Educators   https://www.blues.org

  Fire on the Mountain Productions, Richard Burleigh, Promoter, Soulsbyville,  CA, (209) 533-3473.
 San Luis Obispo Blues Society, Sara Kocher, President, San Luis Obispo, CA (805) 541-1837.
 Pacific Valley School, Raeanna Thomasson, Superintendent, Big Sur, CA (805) 927-8803.
 Santa Barbara Blues Society, Steve Daniels, President, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 722-8155
 Ralph Dunlap Elementary School, Mr. Joseph Dana, Principal, Orcutt, CA (805) 938-8500.

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