Jazz vocalist Valerie Troutt tells a coming-of-age story in her new album "The Oakland Girl."
Valerie Troutt grew up in The Town, where the community recognized her talent when she was a kid. Members of her church would buy her tickets to concerts and musicals to expose her to all types of music. That support, plus having encouraging parents (her mom took her to the night club Sweet Jimmie’s!), influenced Valerie.
Valerie’s jazz and gospel vocals have been heard all around the Bay Area.
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This interview was produced by Jenee Darden and Precious J. Green and mixed by Gabe Grabin.