By Tansy Cai
Waking up to the resounding lyrics of a unique song is the life that we all wish to live. Valerie Teicher was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and stayed in Colombia until she was two years old. When she turned eight, her family decided to move to Vancouver, where she discovered her love and talent for vocal performances. Her time spent in Argentina, Colombia and Canada allowed her to be exposed to diverse cultures, languages and musical styles, which have expediently influenced her compositions for more than a decade.
Some of Valerie’s phenomenal works include “M&M” and “Saudade”. Her songs not only reflect her artistic soul, but also her vibrant personality. Valerie has enjoyed singing and performing since she was very young, and she began to treat music much more seriously once she began university. She transferred to Berklee College of Music from McGill University to further pursue her career. When asked about why she enjoys singing and writing music so much, she responded that “It’s hard to describe why I enjoy it—like anything one gets personal joy from, I guess it’s a pretty self-absorbed kind of desire.” Clearly, Valerie has a special predilection for music that is also an integral part of who she is.
According to Valerie, the most rewarding aspect of music is the opportunity to reflect upon experiences. She believes that the re-living of significant moments is necessary when creating a piece of work. Perhaps the most outstanding part of being a singer is to feel the sense of accomplishment when witnessing her work come to life from the processes of songwriting, recording to filming. For Valerie, performing her music in front of the crowd is quite nerve-racking, yet her love of music overpowers her anxiety and transforms it into motivation.
Apart from having exceptional songwriting and performing talents, she also embodies a strong passion for dance. She shared that she would love to incorporate dance and her music together in the near future. Valerie Teicher loves music and wishes to maintain and develop her performing career in the long run. At the end, whether the music is for herself or her supportive audience, she aspires to spend time on music as a perpetual pursuit both professionally and personally.