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CGuk | Chloe Mykel's Ones To Watch | Valntna

Artist Name: Valntna

Genre: R&B Soul

Track You Should Listen To: Vivid Dreams

Hailing From: South London

I can’t believe we are here…in the blink of an eye 2021 is over and we have found ourselves in 2022…Happy New Year!!

Last year was a fruitful year for music - particularly within the UK scene. I discovered and connected with so many new artists, and being able to support them on their music journeys and help them grow means a lot to me.

Part of the reason I love curating this article so much is because it allows me to showcase artists who I feel need to be both seen and heard, and I’m super excited to be venturing into the new year with ‘Ones To Watch’ playing a huge role in my mission to share great music with the world.

So with out further adieu, meet my first artist of 2022…Valntna.

I met Valntna a couple of months back now at an incredible event hosted by feminist organisation Cactus City. The event was to celebrate the launch of their groundbreaking ‘Charter of Good Practice’ supporting women in the music industry. You can find out more about the charter and how to get involved here.

Valntna was on the line up of female artists performing on the night and she completely blew me away - her live vocal ability is nothing short of sensational. I had to catch her after her set and let her know that I would be supporting her immediately!! Soon after I checked out her debut EP ‘Shadow Work, and it's safe to say I’m a fan!

With support from notable radio stations such as BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra, Amazing Radio, Reprezent, Pulse88, The Beat 103.6, BBC Radio London and Flex FM, Valntna has already made her mark within the UK R&B/Soul realm.

Since her entrance to the world of music in 2018, she has since become renowned for her one-of-a-kind, compelling vocal tone, her unique rock and goth styling, and her charismatic stage presence. ‘Shadow Work’ executively produced and co-written by Pink Mayne, is an amalgamation of Valntna’s passion for 90’s R&B and soul music, featuring unparalleled soulful harmonies and heart-warming melodic hooks. The 6-track project consists of heartfelt ballads that emulate the essence of timeless musicians such as Aaliyah, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill and many more.

Valntna says…“‘Shadow Work’ is about facing your traumas and uncovering the parts of yourself that you've repressed, disowned and rejected. The process of exploring your inner darkness, diving deep into the subconscious and allowing yourself to truly feel and face life in the understanding that with light comes darkness. ‘Shadow Work’ allows you fully show up as your true self; you no longer fear the shadows that reside around the corner of your own decision”.

With plans to take the R&B scene by storm, be sure to keep Valntna’s name to mind as ‘One to Watch’ for 2022 and beyond!

Connect with Valntna on Instagram and follow her Spotify profile to stay up to date with her latest releases.