My Story

A mix of Mohawk and Music are the attributes

that make up the composition for

Singer Songwriter Vallerie’s future ambitions

Steeped in a musical and cultural heritage, the granddaughter of noted fiddler, the late Chester Corbett, considered one of the best fiddle players in the world, and a step-father who was a member of the First Nations Peoples of the Mohawk tribe, Vallerie’s aspirations have converged. An accomplished guitarist, vocalist and songwriter in her own right, Vallerie hasn’t always had it easy as her life has been full of many twists and turns. One of her greatest assets is her stick-to-it-ive attitude which has led her to some great opportunities. As a child, Vallerie was placed in a Foster Home under the care of a loving musical family, just another coincidental ingredient in the potpourri of life’s mysteries that have led Vallerie to her current path as an artist and a teacher.

Immersed in music Vallerie began to play guitar at the age of nine and in no time showed promise as a budding songwriter. While at school, she caught the attention of producer Terry Shields from the Oral Arts Festival of Ontario. Recognizing Val’s gift, Terry encouraged her to perform regularly with the festival where she learned from other musicians and had her first taste of collaboration. The experience would prove truly rewarding and would lead her to multiple recording projects in the future. Vallerie eventually met and married Toronto rocker, Buzz Shearman, of the famed eighties rock band “MOXY” and gave birth to their son Jesse, sadly Buzz was killed in a fatal motor cycle accident in 1983.

Unsure as to where to go, many of the music businesses’ finest companies came together and offered to help Vallerie and she found herself working for companies including Arc Sound Records, Q107, A&M Records & Jazz-FM in Toronto where she began to learn the business side of music.

Through these years, Vallerie continued to hone her craft as a singer/songwriter and guitarist applying some of the great lessons she had learned from her late husband Buzz.

Vallerie has never ceased to impress and has now found a course and a direction that will help her realize her dream and fulfill David Miller’s Prophecy (Mayor of Toronto from 2003 to 2008): “This girl is going places with these wonderful songs”.

With a focus on her own material and multiple collaborations, people are starting to pay attention … why Inaam Haq one of the members of the engineer/producer team for the song “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars (2016 Grammy Award for Record of the Year) by chance heard Vallerie’s album and selected a track he fell in love with and has mixed it as the title track for Vallerie’s forthcoming Album, DANGERZONE. She has a Publishing Deal with Backstage Music Publishing and her new album will be released world-wide on Trilogy Records International distributed by The Orchard.

For more information contact:

Backstage Production International
3015 Kennedy Road, Suite 1
Toronto, Canada M1V 1E7
(416) 291-4913