Val Vigoda uplifts and connects with people through her unique combination of gorgeous vocals, dazzling electric violin, trailblazing technology and heartfelt, authentic musical storytelling. Whether she is lighting up New York stages with her award-winning female-empowerment musical ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME, sharing the stage with Michelle Obama at a cutting-edge educational conference, performing solo with her acclaimed live-looping project JUST GETTING GOOD, or inspiring thousands of executives and students toward more presence and vividness through her musical keynotes, Val brings a magnetic, contagious spirit of peak aliveness to everything she does.
Granddaughter of world-renowned cantor/RCA “gold record” tenor Samuel Vigoda, and daughter of masterful Washington, DC society pianist Bob Vigoda, Val grew up immersed in her musical heritage; she learned how to sing and sight-read at her father’s side on the piano bench, and started classical violin at age eight. Her natural curiosity and love of learning, combined with a rebellious spirit, led to a highly unusual educational path: skipping three years ahead in school, she headed to Princeton at age 15, and joined Army ROTC to pay for college. The discipline she learned in the military served her very well, even as she followed her heart into the wilds of the music industry, and switched from classical to electric violin. Val honed her skills touring the world with Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and founded the band GrooveLily, which toured for many years on the indie circuit.