Earlier this year I stumbled upon a video of Valentina sharing her music online. I loved that she just seemed so real. Everything about her was effortless yet captivating. Just a young pretty girl with no make up on -- hair tossed in a ponytail, singing her heart out. I knew we had to spend time with her.
Oh what a breath of fresh air. Valentina was just as charming in person, if not more! We spent a sunny afternoon in Valentina’s beautiful home studio. We checked out her music and chatted about life. She's from Beverly Grove California, born to be a Hollywood star.
Forever. As long as I could talk, I always wanted to be a singer.
Yes! I love writing. It's my version of therapy. I'm very sensitive so it's a good way to get feelings out.
Yes definitely! I mainly play guitar and a tiny bit of piano but it's inspiring to write in different settings and on different instruments. It brings completely different melodies and ideas to my head.
I want to put out the most personal songs I can, songs about the hardest times in my life. I hope that others can relate to my music and that it can help them as well.
My family. I want to buy them the big house one day and give everything back to them. I’m inspired by the challenges life throws at you and by people who tell me I can’t do something. It really pushes me.
I love making music in my room. Mainly alone but also with my boyfriend. These days I’m learning how to produce so that takes up a lot of time but I’m currently producing a lot of the new music coming out for me and it’s been incredibly fun and empowering.
Haha, I would tell her to stop wasting time with meaningless things like shopping or materialistic things and to put time into the things that matter more.
I like anything simple and dainty.
Yes, the gold Mercer!
I just released a new song that I produced called “Ten Feet Tall”. It’s the most personal song I’ve shared. It’s about a point in my life where I felt the smallest and it’s a big reason as to why I make music today.
Every time a door is slammed in your face, just work a little harder.
Thank you Valentina for spending time with Leonard & Church. Listen to her music online and follow her @Valentinaaa
Remember this face everyone. A natural beauty with talent, truly a force to be reckoned with.
Photography by Luke Rieke