Valerie Fahren’s music and acting career started in her teens when New York City radio began playing an original song by her band Gypsy. She has starred in principal roles in Equity productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Carmen, and Three Penny Opera; recorded with The Wilson Sisters, Neil Diamond, Edgar Winter, and Chick Corea; and had her own songs recorded by many other artists, including David Arkenstone. She is also an Artist Developer and vocal coach, who’s worked with an impressive amount of celebrities and even relatives of them, as listed on her website. “Say You Love Me” is her new single, out now.
Fahren’s plans to release a full-length album are preceded by this single release, which she revealed in a recent interview that she “tried to write it with the viewpoint of Adele,” but liked it so much, when it didn’t get picked up, that she decided to release it herself. And that’s a must mention because the song really does follow that big sound and appeal of Adele’s. It’s a really-good compliment to her and today’s way of emoting songs like Adele does. So, if you like Adele, this single is right up your alley as it falls into the same world class talent pool from which such contemporary artists do.
This is a radio-friendly, radio-ready track for the masses to soak up at the end of a year of much turmoil, tragedy and loss in the world. It deals with making the right choices in relationships, especially the commitment factors. The lyrics give a comprehensive look at coping with your choices once they’ve played out. It even goes deeper and gets down to whether or-not the other means what they say through actions not just words. You feel every word of it by the time you wrap your head around them, as the lyrics speak volumes for the track itself, combined with the tonal quality of her voice.
She asks how it is that people can live with themselves after not really meaning it in the end, and how she’s not interested in every repeating it again. It kicks off with a subtle build up to the overall point, before the chorus lifts it up as far as goes, and that’s where you almost get the feel you’re listening to something Adele would sing. It’s just a compliment but it’s hard to not hear a ring of current influence on Fahren’s voice and songwriting approach. This is the way music has been going for several years now and she seems to fit right into it like it’s cut out for her style and sound.
The single serves as a real intriguing effort to pique curiosity about an artist who’s obviously experienced but not well known in mainstream circles, and could easily catapult her the next level, it’s that good, But Fahren herself is no new comer to music, she’s just working with very good timing to release something that fits the times so well. If this doesn’t rattle a lot of ears than something isn’t right about today’s musical landscape. She wins top marks here, for efforts in both pop and contemporary circles with a great single that effortlessly holds up to today’s industry standards.