BIOGRAPHY


“I find Valerie's song endlessly intriguing”
~Paul Shaffer:  Bandleader, The Late Show with David Letterman

“Valerie MIZE is the next big female artist. We absolutely adore her and what she represents.”
~Eastman Guitars

“Valerie MIZE:  The earthiness of Tracy Chapman, the edginess of Brandi Carlile, and the soulful swing of Adele.”
~NYC Art Scene

“Valerie's music is like mmm, mmm, mmm!”
~Suzie Cho: Actress, Law and Order
 

Valerie MIZE is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and kazooist, who was born in Oklahoma and has lived in Texas, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Michigan, the Netherlands, Nebraska, New York City... and now Nashville. At various times she has also been a gas station clerk, cocktail waitress, Texas Hold 'Em dealer for an underground poker ring, National Merit Scholar, volunteer clown, foreign exchange student, Rock-N-Roll camp counselor, guitar instructor, Academic All-State alumna, actress, comedienne, interior designer, hair model, electric scooter tour guide, thrift store fashionista, yogini, renewable energy advocate and amateur vegan chef turned professional musician and songwriter.

MIZE began singing in children's choirs before she started school, teaching herself piano at age 4, and added guitar to her repertoire during a semester in Europe that forever changed her life.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Music, Valerie moved to New York City to build a band and further her musical endeavors. She teamed up with Oscar and GRAMMY winning producer/engineer Robert L. Smith (David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Glee) at Defy Recordings to record her independently released debut EP “Auspices” which was featured in iTunes' inaugural Nashville Indie Spotlight page, alongside such talents as Matthew Perryman Jones, Holly Williams, Katie Herzig, and Erin McCarley.

While living in New York City, MIZE fronted a funk jam in the Village and performed regularly at venues like the Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Living Room (venues known for giving rise to such artists as Rachel Platten, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, and Norah Jones).  She also performed multiple times in the Leave a Lasting Mark Concert Series, a mass collaboration of the NYC singer-songwriter community to benefit various local charities, and has performed more than a dozen times to benefit Mercy Flight WNY.

Once upon a time, Valerie toured with Paula Nelson (Willie's daughter), and performed multiple shows with Mary Ramsey of the 10,000 maniacs, including packed houses at Ani DiFranco's Babeville, and opened for the Average White Band one Snowy New Year’s Eve.  Valerie loves harmonizing and has sung harmony backing vocals for a number of talented artists including Rachel Platten, Bernard Fowler (the Rolling Stones), Alicia Michilli (America’s Got Talent Season 10 semifinalist, currently on the TajMo tour with Keb Mo’ and Taj Mahal), and Liz Davis (“The Voice” Season 3). Valerie can be seen performing live on a February rooftop on BalconyTV NYC, making a cameo in Gavin DeGraw's “Soldier” music video, jazzercizing in Rachel Pearl's “Workout Anthem” video, drinking champagne at a wedding on Lena Dunham's “GIRLS” on HBO, rambling about how awesome the expo experience is in ASCAP's promotional video for EXPO2012, and pretending she knows what she’s doing in the feature film “Queen City” with Peter McGennis, Susan Tedeschi, Sharon Jones, and Vivica A. Fox.

Mize currently lives in a little log cabin in the woods of Nashville, where she is writing songs for her next album, growing food in her front yard, and hiking with her cat, Lily.