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Valerie June

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Valerie June Hockett born January 10, 1982, known as Valerie June, is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Memphis, Tennessee, United States Her sound encompasses a mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass She is signed to Concord Music Group worldwide


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Musical career
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Albums
    • 32 EPs
    • 33 Singles
    • 34 with Bella Sun
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Born in Jackson, Tennessee on January 10, 1982, June was the oldest of five children As a child growing up in Humboldt, June was exposed to gospel music at her local church and R&B and soul music via her father As a teenager, her first job was with her father – a promoter for gospel singers and Prince, K-Ci & JoJo, and Bobby Womack – helping him hang posters in town Her dad was Emerson Hockett, his full-time business was Hockett Construction in West Tennessee He passed away in late 2016

Musical career

June relocated to Memphis in 2000 and began recording and performing at the age of 19, initially with her then-husband Michael Joyner, in the duo Bella Sun After her marriage ended she began working as a solo artist, combining blues, gospel and Appalachian folk, in a style that she describes as "organic moonshine roots music", and learning guitar, banjo, and lap-steel guitar She became associated with the Memphis-based Broken String Collective

In 2009 she was a featured artist on MTV's online series $5 Cover following the lives of Memphis musicians attempting to make ends meet, and in 2010 she recorded the EP Valerie June and the Tennessee Express, a collaboration with The Old Crow Medicine Show

In 2011 she was honored by the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission at the Emissaries of Memphis Music event She raised funds to record an album with producer Craig Street via Kickstartercom, raising $15,000 in 60 days Later that year she relocated from Memphis to Williamsburg, Brooklyn Shortly after, record producer Kevin Augunas introduced June to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, which led to the recording of June's album Pushin' Against a Stone in July 2011, which was co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach and Kevin Augunas

In 2012, June performed with producer John Forté on a collaboration called Water Suites on the hip-hop-blues song "Give Me Water", and with Meshell Ndegeocello on the song "Be My Husband" She contributed The Wandering's 2012 album Go on Now, You Can't Stay Here: Mississippi Folk Music Volume III In 2012 she performed in the United Kingdom for the first time, playing at Bestival and appearing on Later with Jools Holland

She has received substantial radio play in Europe on BBC Radio 6, including a feature on Cerys on 6 with Cerys Matthews Mary Anne Hobbs of XFM has said of June: "This woman has already touched my heart, she really, really has"

In February 2013, June was invited to support Jake Bugg on the UK leg of his tour In March 2013, June performed two nights at South By Southwest The first performance was on March 14 as part of the Heartbreaker Banquet On March 16, June performed again, this time as part of The Revival Tour

June performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest, 2014

After self-releasing three albums, her debut album as a signed artist, Pushin' Against a Stone, was released in the UK and Europe through Sunday Best Recordings on May 6, 2013, and through Concord Music Group in August 2013 The album includes several songs co-written with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who co-produced it with Kevin Augunas The album was so titled to commemorate the story of her life June said: "I feel I've spent my life pushing against a stone And the jobs I've had have been fitting for getting a true feel for how the traditional artists I loved came home after a hard day to sit on the porch and play tunes until bedtime" The record includes performances by Booker T Jones, who co-wrote one of the songs contained on the album The track "Workin' Woman Blues" was produced and engineered by Peter Sabák in Budapest June has described the recording of the song as "magical" as it was completed in approximately 30 minutes

The two singles released in the UK and Europe were "Workin' Woman Blues" and "You Can't Be Told"

In 2014, June was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Best New Artist Debut' category for Pushin' Against a Stone

June appeared on Austin City Limits in 2017



Year Album Peak positions Certifications
2006 The Way of the Weeping Willow
2008 Mountain of Rose Quartz
2013 Pushin' Against a Stone 41 26 56 23 34 51 29
  • US: 66,000
2017 The Order of Time 111 44 100 90
99 38


Year EP
2010 Valerie June and The Tennessee Express


Year Single Peak positions Album
2012 "Workin' Woman Blues" 63
Pushin' Against a Stone
"You Can't Be Told"
2017 "Astral Plane" The Order of Time

with Bella Sun

  • No Crystal Stair 2004, Bella Sun Music


  1. ^ Hubbell, John 2009, "$5 Cover in profile: Valerie June -- Down to Earth", The Commercial Appeal, May 28, 2009 Retrieved November 1, 2012  – via HighBeam subscription required aged 27 in May 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Barnett, Laura 2012, "One to watch: Valerie June", The Observer, September 30, 2012 Retrieved October 31, 2012
  3. ^ a b c Leggett, Steve "Valerie June Biography", Allmusic Retrieved October 31, 2012
  4. ^ Allmusiccom Valerie June Biography", Allmusic Retrieved October 31, 2012
  5. ^ Allmusiccom Valerie June Discography", AllmusicRetrieved February 17, 2017
  6. ^ Boone, Joe 2010, "The Musician's Progress", The Daily News, September 2, 2010 Retrieved October 31, 2012
  7. ^ a b c Lachno, James 2013, "Valerie June - New Faces", Daily Telegraph, February 23, 2013 Retrieved March 30, 2013
  8. ^ Smith, William Michael 2012, "Tennessee Time", Houston Press, March 14, 2012 Retrieved March 30, 2013
  9. ^ Jordan, Mark 2007, "Broken String 's new releases seem a bit frayed", The Commercial Appeal, June 15, 2007 Retrieved November 1, 2012  – via HighBeam subscription required
  10. ^ "" Profiles - Valerie June", 5dollarcoveramplifiedcom Retrieved March 30, 2013
  11. ^ "Valerie June, Fille Catatonique", The Commercial Appeal Retrieved October 31, 2012
  12. ^ Beifuss, John 2010, "Memphis films earn regional Emmys -- 'I Am a Man,' '$5 Cover Amplified'", The Commercial Appeal, February 2, 2010 Retrieved November 1, 2012  – via HighBeam subscription required
  13. ^ Jordan, Mark 2011, "Music Commission to honor 8 women -- Event serves to inspire girls to pursue industry", The Commercial Appea], March 21, 2011 Retrieved November 1, 2012  – via HighBeam subscription required
  14. ^ Melvin, Lindsay 2011, "Capital idea -- Fundraising sites help creative types tap online donors to sponsor projects", The Commercial Appeal, March 20, 2011 Retrieved November 1, 2012
  15. ^ "Valerie June captures 'Little Ole Sound' on a sparkling, NEW record: Manifest", kickstartercom Retrieved March 30, 2013
  16. ^ Thompson, Stephen 2012, "Song Premiere: Meshell Ndegeocello With Valerie June, 'Be My Husband'", NPR, July 18, 2012 Retrieved March 30, 2013
  17. ^ Lewis, Catherine P 2012, "The Wandering/Luther Dickinson album review", The Washington Post, May 11, 2012 Retrieved November 1, 2012  – via HighBeam subscription required
  18. ^ "Later with Jools Holland", BBC Retrieved October 31, 2012
  19. ^ "'Workin' Woman Blues - Valerie June", recordofthedaycom, November 2, 2012 Retrieved March 30, 2013
  20. ^ "Valerie June: 'I Think Country Blues Has Influenced Everything'", gigwisecom, February 18, 2013 Retrieved March 30, 2013
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  22. ^ "The Revival Tour @ SXSW" Revival Tour March 15, 2013 Retrieved August 8, 2013 
  23. ^ Smyth, David 2013, "Valerie June Interview: No Strictly Roots", Evening Standard, March 8, 2013 Retrieved March 30, 2013
  24. ^ "Pushin' Against A Stone", amazoncom
  25. ^ "Valerie June - Workin' Woman Blues", femalefirstcouk, October 6, 2012 Retrieved March 30, 2013
  26. ^ Global Beats: Americana - Part Two, BBC Retrieved March 5, 2016
  27. ^ "Valerie June Announces New Single 'You Can't Be Told' Plus More UK 2013 Live Dates", contactmusiccom Retrieved March 30, 2013
  28. ^ "2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees and Winners" Bluesaboutcom Retrieved May 16, 2014 
  29. ^ "Valerie June on Austin City Limits" acltvcom Retrieved April 5, 2017 
  30. ^ "Valerie June discography" Billboard Retrieved February 4, 2015 
  31. ^ a b "Valery June discography" ultratopbe/nl/ Hung Medien Retrieved May 18, 2013 
  32. ^ a b "Valery June discography" ultratopbe/fr/ Hung Medien Retrieved May 18, 2013 
  33. ^ a b "Valery June discography" leschartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 18, 2013 
  34. ^ a b "Valery June discography" dutchchartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 18, 2013 
  35. ^ "Valery June discography" swedishchartscom Hung Medien Retrieved May 25, 2013 
  36. ^ a b "Valery June discography" hitparadech Hung Medien Retrieved May 18, 2013 
  37. ^ "Valery June Sales" Hits Daily Double Archived from the original on 15 January 2017 Retrieved January 28, 2017 
  38. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums - SNEP Week 11, 2017" in French Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique Retrieved March 21, 2017 

External links

  • Official website

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