Wednesday 9/5/12 on KCLA-FM (99.3) & Thursday 9/6/12 on KLED Live FM (91.1)
The Underground Experience Presents “Coast To Coast DIVA Ms. Valarie Pettiford”
Musical Artists Include: J Kell, Ditch, Norm Adams, Kanat, Funkee Boy & Valarie Pettiford!
“Valarie Pettiford is a 24-carat diva.”
– L.A. Times
“Pettiford dazzles in both song and dance.”
– Elizabeth Ahlfers, Cabaret Scenes
“Pettiford is an effervescent tour guide of the soul.”
– Mike Ward, S.F. Bay Times
“Pettiford leaves her audience longing for more of her dynamic stage personality.”
– Elliot Zweibach, Cabaret Scenes
“Valarie is simply one of the most powerful performers; she absolutely blows me away.”
– Kate Linder, Young and the Restless
Valarie Pettiford’s career glitters like the lights on Broadway. An award-winning triple-threat, Valarie has worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, but has never let her brushes with fame go to her head. Although some would argue that she is a celebrity in her own right, Valarie is still a humble girl from Queens.
On screen, Valarie has appeared in films like “The Wiz”, “The Cotton Club”, “Glitter”, “Stomp the Yard”, “Why Did I Get Married Too”, the short film musical “Not Your Time, the award-winning short film “Response”, and “Jumping the Broom” from Sony Pictures. Her role in the lauded independent film, “Why Am I Doing This”, earned her a glowing mention in the LA Times.
Her role as Big Dee Dee Thorne on the hit sitcom “Half and Half” earned her three NAACP Image Award nominations. Valarie plays the recurring role of Sandra Lucas on Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”. Other notable television appearances include guest starring roles on “Criminal Minds”, “CSI”, “CSI: Miami”, “The District”, “The West Wing”, “Frasier”, “One Life to Live”, “Bones”, “The Cape” and “The Finder”. She is currently a recurring guest star on the hit HBO series, “Treme”, and ABC Family’s new show, “Bunheads.”
Valarie’s theatre credits read like a very prestigious shopping list, with numerous accolades for the execution of her craft. Valarie won NAACP Theatre and Garland Awards for Best Actress in “The Wild Party.” She was honored with NAACP, Robby and Reader’s Choice Awards her role in “Show Boat.” Both performances were nominated for Ovation Awards. Valarie was a member of the original casts of “Sophisticated Ladies”, understudying Judith Jamison, and “Fosse”, for which she was recognized by the Drama League and nominated for Outer Critics Circle, Dora Mavor Moore and Tony Awards.
Valarie performed alongside Chita Rivera in the West End debut of “Chicago”, and subsequently performed ‘All That Jazz’ as a tribute to Rivera at the Kennedy Center Honors. However, her self-proclaimed career highlight was the fulfillment of a life-long dream; she recorded her first album, Hear My Soul.
An accomplished stage performer, Valarie has performed her widely-successful one-woman shows to sold-out audiences coast to coast. She has performed with Lucy and Desi Arnaz in New York and Miami in the musical tribute to their father, called “Babalu”. Valarie enjoyed stellar reviews in both cities. Proving that her voice ad presence are both Broadway bold, she is a regular guest soloist with the Pasadena Symphony for their annual Pops program.
In the traditional sense of the word, Valarie Pettiford is a diva, a master of her craft who has the ability to command attention. Whether she would agree, or try to harness that power, is anyone’s guess. Valarie will be releasing a new album, “Velvet Sky”, a collection of original lullabies, on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
Versa Manos, Manager
323-782-9000 O 310-801-4552 M
Broadcast # 137
Wednesday (9/5) 4pm – 5pm (PST) at www.KCLAFM.com (PC) and http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/5758/vlc-media-player (MAC)
KCLA Listen Line: 323 461 6675
Thursday (9/6) 9am – 10am (PST) & 9pm – 10pm (PST) at www.KLEDLive.com
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