Singer and songwriter
Giada Valenti is recognized for her special voice and great stage
presence. With her latest CD, And
I Love You So, Giada is bringing her
sophisticated music and European style to music fans worldwide.
Born and raised in Venice, Italy, Giada Valenti started to sing and play piano at the age of seven. She began touring professionally with a band by age twelve. She studied piano and music theory at the Santa Cecilia music school in Venice and got her music degree at the G. Tartini in Trieste. She also studied jazz with American singer Dawn Mitchell.
In Italy she has won several important music awards like the prestigious La Grande Occasione and Festival di Castrocaro. While she was studying psychology at the University of Padova, she met the love of her life and moved to The Netherlands. She participated in the song contest San Remo New Talents in the World, a contest held annually for Italians living abroad and won with her pop ballad Solo Con Te (Only With You). This led to a record contract with BMG Ariola in Europe and she had several hits in the charts. One of her songs was even used in a radio and television commercial for Piaggio-Vespa scooters.
When in 2004 her music got serious interest from a major record label in New York she decided to move to the United States. In December 2005, Giada's self-released CD Italian Signorina was launched in the USA to great reviews. Italian Signorina featured the song Caruso that Giada performed on the red carpet at the Columbus Day Parade in 2005, 2006, and 2007 in New York City, broadcast every year live on NBC Television. Giada was also featured in the editions of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 of this prestigious Parade in New York City, which was broadcast every year live on ABC Television.
Producer Sonny Grosso and musical director Phil Ramone selected Giada for a role in the Broadway musical Be My Love, based on the life story of tenor Mario Lanza. In 2008 iTunes has selected Giada's version of the song Caruso as one of the 50 best songs in the Italian language. In 2005 and 2006, Giada performed her own original shows La Dolce Vita Swings and Moonlight and Romance, in sold out-theatres in New York. During these shows, she takes her audience on a journey across the Atlantic, singing the most beautiful Italian and American love songs. In June 2007 Giada made her debut at the premiere cabaret room in the USA: Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel in New York City. With her show Tribute To The European Divas, featuring the music of such great female singers as Edith Piaf, Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey, Mina and Ornella Vanoni, she has become a regular performer at this prestigious venue. In 2009 Giada made her debut at the Hilton Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.
The Italian television also reported several times about her successes in the USA. In 2008 the channel Sky Italia made an hour long documentary about her life as an Italian in the USA. In 2011 Giada was the protagonist in an hour long reality docu on Rete4 about her life and work in the USA. Over the years Giada was also featured in many interviews on RAI and Canale 5.
In the USA Giada's talent and contributions to culture has been recognized by several organizations. In October 2008 Giada was named Woman of the Year by the Organization of Italian Charities In America. In February 2010 she was honored by the Commision for Social Justice of the Order Sons of Italy in America for being a good Italian role model. In October of 2011 Giada was awarded the Merit of Honor by the Borough President of Queens, NY for her outstanding cultural contribution to the Italian community in the USA. In April 2012 she was honored by the Saint Brigid Parish for he Distinguished Service in Promulgating the Beauty and Value of Italian Culture and Heritage. In November 2012 she was honored by the Italian American Labor Council for her Work, Achievements and my Life Dedication to Music. Giada is also a seven times recipient of a Grant of the NIAF Sergio Franchi Music Foundation.
Currently Giada Valenti tours with her show Tribute To Love she performed in the years after that in theaters and perfroming arts centers all over the American East Coast. In this show she takes her audience on a romantic journey performing her own renditions of hits of the 60s, 70s, 80s as well as some recent contemporary songs.
With her strong personality the Italian singer has become a brand that stands for Romantic Music, Spectacular Shows, Glamour, Elegance and La Dolce Vita.