Valerie is a singer, songwriter and author. She began “Inspired by Valerie Music, Entertainment, & Publications” as a result of searching for meaning and purpose in her life. Valerie’s works are based upon a foundation created by a lifetime of faith and perseverance. Her writing is a refreshing opportunity for praise.
Mother & Wife - In 2005, her best friend and oldest son, Chris, became ill. He battled for two years with cancer before accepting his heavenly invitation to dwell in eternity. Shortly thereafter, her confidant, backbone, supporter, and late husband, Elgin, also accepted the hand of Christ after suffering from cancer, and joined their son Chris.
Tower of Strength - While both Elgin and Chris suffered from long-term illness, their faith and trust in God was beyond imagination. After their passing, Valerie attempted to resume her day-to-day existence. But, it became apparent that there must be more meaning to her experience. She wrestled with following the desires in her heart to express herself musically. She began to question God and seek His direction. In the midst of prayer, melodies filled her heart with words that gave her comfort and guidance. Through incredible dedication and inner strength; through the struggle of pain and sorrow; came forth a voice for inspiration.
Determined - Valerie desires to share her story as a way of expressing God’s love and redeeming power to the world. Her music, entertainment, and writings are designed to motivate and encourage others with the message that a determination to remain focused in the face of adversity will always lead to true purpose and fulfillment, as God intends.
Giving and Purposeful - Beyond the music, Valerie has established an educational scholarship in memory her late son, Christopher Jermaine Smith. Proceeds from her first book “Dear Chris, Conversations with My Son”, a memoir in his honor (www.Xlibris.com) go towards this effort. The book is a series of letters that expose true emotions and the strength gained while caring for her terminally ill son and her late husband Elgin.