Dolly Valentine is an American singer-songwriter born in Cincinnati, Ohio. A self-taught musician whose unique voice and confident storytelling expertly expresses heartfelt truths both delicate and intense. Valentine’s music dissolves labels and fixes its gaze onto our shared humanness.
Listeners all over the world discovered Valentine after she released her first song in 2019, "Michigan, 1997" which was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Her debut full-length album “How To Be Good” was released in August 2020. Produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy) and Sarah Tudzin (Weyes Blood, Slowdive), it is truly an album for everyone. She touches on themes of home, family, astrology, loss, and radical self-acceptance. The album features an all-star cast of musicians from bands such as Field Medic, Brandi Carlile, Ought, Lucy Dacus, and illuminati hotties.
Dolly’s song, “Go, On” recently appeared in the third episode of the show “Fixer Upper - Welcome Home.” Her music is played on radio stations throughout the US and internationally, and she has held the #1 spot on several college radio stations throughout 2020.
“I love to express the most complicated things in the simplest way. The world is overwhelming and I’ve always felt out of place. Music is my lighthouse - teaching me how to love and live more thoughtfully. It is the greatest gift” Valentine says.
Dolly’s music feels like a warm hug from a friend that hopes you’ll keep believing in your unique self. Her soothing sound is timeless and modern at once, influenced by legends like John Denver and Tom Petty and more recent artists like Kacey Musgraves and Sufjan Stevens. Hers is a name you are going to want to remember. Her music rides the tides of our ever-changing world with honesty and hope for the universe at large, and the universe inside our souls.
She is currently beginning work on her next album.