Monday, April 14, 2008
Val Young (Lady V)
In the late 70's, she was rumored to have been discovered by George Clinton when he allegedly incorporated her into his group, the Brides of Funkenstein, but these facts have been disputed by ex-Funkadelic singer, Dawn Silva.
Val joined the Gap Band where she was featured on their song, "Oops, Upside Your Head." During that same time, she recorded with Roy Ayers as a background vocals.
After five albums with the Gap Band, she caught the attention of Rick James, who was not only impressed by her musical talents, but by her physical appearance as well, promoting her as the "Black Marilyn Monroe."
Rick brought Val to Berry Gordy, who signed her to Motown Records on Rick's recommendation.
After that, Val went on tour with Bobby Brown in 1988 after he released his "Don't Be Cruel" album and has performed live and recording background vocals for various artists. These days, she continues to perform sporadically and record background vocals.
To see a fan-made video for "If You Should Ever Be Lonely," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Seduction," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Mind Games," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Private Conversations," go to:
[updated on 08\07\12]