The Underground Experience Presents “Coast To Coast DIVA Ms. Valarie Pettiford”


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 (PC) and (MAC)


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Thursday (9/6)  9am – 10am (PST) & 9pm – 10pm (PST) at


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Podcast will be available on iTunes. Podomatic and Website!

J Kell




Norm Adams


Funkee Boy

Valarie Pettiford


The Uncle Earl

"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." - Nikos Kazantzakis The art of success begins first within your heart, no better example to attain this claim than the man of many talents that we have come to know thru the years in the industry as Lacy Darryl Phillips. Lacy Darryl Phillips aka THE UNCLE EARL, an Award Winning American Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Actor, Radio Personality & DJ. President of Earl Hitz Records, a NYC label created to embrace the sounds of house, dance, electronic pop, and funk music. As an avid culture curator of performance & music for the world, he wanted to pay homage by creating "The New Paradise Garage Experience". He is also the Creator/Producer of Ultimate Underground, Host/DJ of his weekly radio show, The Ultimate Underground Experience now celebrating it’s 9th successful anniversary. Lacy Darryl Phillips has a career in the entertainment industry which spans four decades, in the disciplines of acting, singing, dancing, directing, choreography, and songwriting. He has worked with recording artists, such as Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Vanessa Williams, Grace Jones, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, CeCe Peniston, James Ingram, Lou Rawls, The Bette Davis, Debbie Allen, Ray Chew, Randy Jackson, N.W.A. (Dr. Dre & Eazy-E), Jimmy Z., and Lonnie Gordon, among others. Past performances include: The Triad (NYC), House Of Yes (Brooklyn, NY), Coney Island Baby (NYC), Gold Sounds (Brooklyn, NY), Friars Club (NYC), The Delancey (NYC), Madison Street Theater (Chicago), Jazzmobile Summerfest (NYC), Marcus Garvey Park (NYC), JCC Manhattan (NYC), Broadway Sings For Pride (NYC), Gay Pride Festival (NYC), The Landmark (LA).