About Valentine Shipley
The Musical Journey
Born into a family very rich musical heritage Valentine got initiated into music at a very tender age of four years when he gave his first live concert in Lucknow. Valentine is the nephew of the famous Van Shipley popularly known as “Man with Golden Guitar and magical Gypsy Violin”, who is one of the pioneers of instrumental music in India. He draws his inspiration from varied musical traditions and his work reflects influences of greats such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, Van Halen, Ritchie Blackmore, J.J. Cale, Larry Carlton, B.B.King and R.D. Burman.
As a teenager at St. Xaviers School in Delhi, he was part of the famous Glee Club at the school headed by the most prolific music composer / director - Param Vir. He has sung for various musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, Mikado, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita etc. At college Valentine played with various rock bands winning most of the prestigious competitions like IIT (Delhi / Kanpur), BITS Pilani’s Culfest etc.
He got a Tear Fund Scholarship on the recommendation of Sir. Cliff Richard to study Music, Communication and Radio Broadcasting at Cambridge University, U.K. While in London Val worked with the BBC and also got initiated in the Asian Underground Music Scene. He has traveled all across Europe and played with various Pop, Rock, Ethnic, Folk and Jazz outfits.
On his return to India, Val worked with the likes of Mr. Louis Banks and Astaad Deboo and with Grammy Award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and also played with India’s No.1 Rock Band - Parikrama. He has played a lot of live concerts across India and abroad including duo performances with Roshan Abbas of the Mastercard Family Fortunes, Public Demand and Breakfast with Zee fame. He has composed, produced, directed and recorded music for the first highly successful original Indian musical “Graffiti” – Postcards from School directed and produced by Roshan Abbas and choreographed by Shiamak Davar.
Val is also the founder member of the very famous “Friends of Music”. The only music club of its kind in this country to provide a platform to young artists for the promotion of original music and bringing together performers from various genres of music on a common platform.
Val has also composed music and background scores for numerous radio and television productions in the form of Jingles and Ttitle tracks for Mobilink, Coke, Nescafe, Mescos, Dabur, Amazer Tyres, and Gillette etc. He has played live concerts as a Solo Artist and with his band for Cosmopolitan, India Today, BBC (live) in Birmingham and Sunrise Radio( London) ,Various Radio Stations LIVE in India, Middle East and South East Asia He has also scored music for various documentaries and films for TV too.
Apart from his fire brand stage presence and his style of guitar playing, Val is a major player in the Northern Indian music recording industry.
Val released his debut Instrumental album called “SHARARAT” on Times Music featuring hit songs form classic Hindi Bollywood Movies played for the first time on Acoustic, Nylon and Slide Guitar. It is the No. 1 selling Album in India in the Instrumental Category. It has some amazing fluid Guitar playing in Val’s inimitable style and his interpretation of these classics evergreen tunes from Bollywood. SHARARAT Vol 2, 3 & 4 in the same series has subsequently been released.
Val also released his instrumental album called ‘Memorable Ghazals of Jagjit Singh by Valentine Shipley’ on Times Music label. He has played all the hit classics of Jagjit Singh on Guitar. It is the first album of this kind in the world and has been really appreciated globally by various audiences and also by Mr. Jagjit Singh himself.
Val’s debut singing album ‘The Wandering Mystic’ released in 2005 on Times Music.
It features his fluid, bluesy style of guitar playing and open singing featuring folk songs from the mountains of Himachal, Saint Sufi Poet Kabir and couple of Latin music influenced Guitar instrumentals….. The album clearly reflects his love and passion for music specially Guitar…
Val has done more than 3000 gigs till now from 1983 till date and travelled across the planet...!1
Val has also played and toured with India’s leading band “Silk Route” winner of 3 Channel [V] awards. He is also presenting live music on Subah Savere the breakfast show on Indian Television (DD1) while being the in-house music director for Riverbank Studios headed by Mr. Mike Pandey – winner of the Green Oscar for his wildlife film “The Last Migration”. Val also co-anchored “Cool Talk Café” on DD News a DD International.
Val also loves to work with students and young people,and started Music Academy called Valentine Shipley Academy of Music & Performing Arts in New Delhi and is also started a successful Music Academy in Nagpur teaching Guitar/Drums/Keyboards/Vocals etc...
Val is proficient in playing various instruments like 6 and 12 string Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Drums, Slide & Bass Guitar, Tabla, Piano, Electric Lead Guitar ,Banjo, apart from having a very expressive and powerful stage and vocal presence and his inimitable style of Guitar playing and singing
Val is also the first Indian to be premiered on the Internet on the Eve of India’s 50th years of Independence. His style of music ranges from Rock & Roll, Jazz, Funk, Blues, and Live remixes Jazz-Rock and contemporary Indian music. What sets him apart from other musicians in his ability to connect with audience and his showmanship. This ability enables him to provide a sense of familiarity to the audiences while providing the crowd
with an entertaining experience. The musicians in Val’s Backup bands are all top of the line studio and stage folks with loads of experience
Val is also associated with various Charities,NGO’s and Foundations to work for issues he deeply feels about like Environment, AIDS awareness, Social Responsibility, Autism and Children with Special Needs in India and SEHER in Dubai (UAE) besides being a very avid Photographer