The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center presents Valarie Pettiford (Tony-nominated star of Fosse, the feature film Jumping the Broom, ABC Family's Bunheads, HBO's Treme), who is releasing her second solo album, Velvet Sky, a collection of original lullabies this fall.To celebrate the release of her new album, Pettiford is performing a rare, one-night-only concert tonight, September 16, at the Center's beautiful Renberg Theatre. Her last solo concert in Los Angeles was in 2010.
"This concert is a celebration of great music," enthuses Pettiford. "Some old and some new, but definitely songs that are fun to sing, such as 'All That Jazz,' 'Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries,' and 'My Miracle,' which is from my new album! There will be dancing, storytelling, and one thing that I can promise is that it will be a fun and entertaining night!"
The Broadway star's second solo album, Velvet Sky, features a collection of songs written especially for the actress/singer by two legendary writing teams, Ron Abel and Chuck Steffan, and Michael Orland and Jamie Wooten. The album will be released on October 9.
"I am very proud of this project," Pettiford continues. "It was a real labor of love... I think people, especially parents, single parents, and soon-to-be parents, will really connect with this music, which will help them connect more with their babies. I was thinking about having children at the time and thought, what a beautiful idea it would be to record an album of lullabies. I also thought my voice was well-suited for lullabies."