Val is an established local artist, singer and songwriter, who came up through the Bermuda Folk Club performing at outdoor concerts, private functions, and Chewstick. Her clear voice and mellow guitar styling entertain with classic ballads and love songs. Current focus is on Bermuda songs and promoting Tourism.
I grew with Chewstick collaborating as sister organizations when President of the Bermuda Folk Club, as fellow musicians looking out for the younger generation and Chewstick was a place I could take my poetry and short stories as well as original songs to a receptive audience. I extended my Bermuda family at Chewstick and got great exposure at their events such as Kitefest at Horseshoe Bay. I came to the attention of Gina Spence Productions and participated in the Bermuda Entertainers Showcase this May through Chewstick, and it was an honour and a privilege to perform in front of 500 people at the S/ton Fairmont. Loved singing with your Wall St Band and other times when as a solo artist your talented musicians have softly picked up what I was singing and joined in to enhance it. Last October, Gavin and Deidra nudged me to host a songwriting session at the Chewstick retreat at Paget Island - loved being able to give back. I met Mr. Magic through Chewstick and was interviewed for Channel 82 - again great exposure as a local artist. Neil Burnie knew a good place to hang out - from my Chewstick networking, he played on my CD on two songs and last but not least, I found an old family connection with Najib Chentouf - my father brought his father out to Bda in the 60's. So absolutely, YES, BERMUDA NEEDS CHEWSTICK! Val Sherwood.
The Chewstick Foundation (Registered Charity #857) is still reeling from the devastating fire that took place on Thursday, July 21, 2016 that began in a nearby alleyway. Please help them to recover.
In early July, Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ) hosted Open Days and featured the video of the Aquarium & Zoo Song throughout the day with a DJ and LED screen. Official launch of the video done by John Woolridge.
Colours of Bda Visual and Song featured in July at Val's sister Wendys official reopening of her Dockyard Glassworks. BTA members attended.
John Woolridge is nearing completion of the Railway Trail Video to go with the Railway Trail Song which he has been working on the last few months.
Val performed at the Bermuda Entertainers Showcase at the Fairmont Southampton in May, 2016.
In my 40 years of promoting I have rarely seen Bermudians showing such appreciation for local talent - they gave standing ovations, they danced, they whistled, they stamped their feet - it was like a new era for local entertainment. The Governor said that it was a top night."
Read this quote about the show, and more, in the Royal Gazette.
In February, the Royal Gazette published a front page article telling how Val has dedicated a track to promote awareness of addiction charity Focus, which continues to struggle financially. Tricia tells the bleak story of a heroin addict she met while working for a young peoples charity in rural Britain in the late 1990s.
Read the full story in the Royal Gazette or listen to an extract from Tricia by clicking here or buy the CD.
You can donate to Focus Counseling Services with online banking using HSBC account 006047104001 or Bank of Butterfield 20001060177594100.
Teach The World recording is now complete. Lyrics are readable here.
Love at the Roundabout - Johnny Barnes was a Bermuda icon for close to thirty years - a huge boost to our tourism industry. The lyrics are now available here on the website and the recording is complete.
They can both be requested on Ocean 89 or Inspire radio stations.
Another creative endeavour includes continued work on a book of short stories to entertain fellow animal lovers from her charity days with the Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau. Val has nearly completed the basic manuscript and plans to publish at Christmas time.
Aquarium and Zoo Song - Video with Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo was launched with the formal reopening of their newly re-roofed facility in June 2016.
In November2015, Val sent a letter to the editor of the Royal Gazette about her experience at the Chewstick Retreat. Val facilitated a Song-Writing Workshop where the participants completed a collaborative new song. You can read the letter here.
Earlier in 2015, Val entertained seniors at Sylvia Richardson Care Facility in St. Georges.
She also participated in the Neil Burnie charity night at Chewstick and the BNT Walkabout in St. Georges.
Val has been interviewed for Backstage, a local program on Channel 82 where they interview local artists and entertainers.
Four Minutes of Fabulous!
An audio visual presentation of the song "Colours of Bermuda"
Images by Alan Marquardt. Cahow images by Jeremy Madeiros.
This has been selected by Cablevision to show on Community Channel 100
A few very nice comments...
I've just been listening to your songs, Colours of Bermuda (which really should be your national anthem) and Be Fabulous. What a lovely voice you have, and you're a talented composer.
Thanks for sharing them with me. Also, I'm so pleased you enjoyed my books.
HB, International author
Any of you who were a part of the music world in Bermuda when I was, will remember Val Sherwood as a shy young upcoming artist who played guitar and began composing her own 'folk style' music and lyrics. Since those 'fledgling days and because of her dedicated determination to succeed, Val has become incredibly successful with her unique style of music and lyrics which she has written and published over the years.
Congratulations on the release of your new album! I know you put a lot of hard work into making the album a reality. Your songs are so inspirational and from the heart.
We have visited Bermuda for the past 11 summers and I am just finding your music. Unfortunately we will not be visiting there this summer.
I constantly play your tape [sic] while in the car! Your unique voice and style accompanied by the musical background arrangements are most impressive - as are the tempo beats that you 'slide into' so easily. It's an impressive pool of talent.
Very Cool. I love the lyrics and they will help us [Spirit of Bermuda]. The pictures and music are also very inspiring. Many thanks. I also love the theme/lyrics of "Be Fabulous". Well done.
Got to hear your colours of Bermuda...lovely...you have a beautiful voice.
Val - I just listened (and watched) Four Minutes of Fabulous - and guess what? It really WAS four minutes of fabulous!!
I have always appreciated Bermuda and her beauty but both the words and the pictures made me appreciate it even more (and I didn't think that was possible).
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music with us! Of course, I needed a tissue for "Be Fabulous”" - clearly a matter very near and dear to my heart. Thank you again for bringing your wonderful work to our attention and thank you for all you do to help animals!
I can't believe that you can sing like an angel AND also compose and write songs. You are a genius!
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your album. It is far ahead of your first one, I play it all the time in the car and really loud and sing along to it. I even find myself singing the songs around the house.
We recently bought a new car so your cd is the first and only (so far) to be played on the high tech music system. You have a really beautiful voice Val and we have listened to your music virtually non-stop in the car for the past 3 days.
About Val's albumsBe Fabulous - The New Album Val continued to write stronger melodies, clearer hooks, deeper lyrics, and more complex songs so that before long, there were another dozen songs crying out to be recorded.
Be Fabulous is available at the Music Box and Brown & Co in Hamilton, Hand Made in Dockyard, Memories in St. Georges and now at Masterworks Museum in the Botanical Gardens, Paget.
"The album as a whole has an upbeat mood which perfectly reflects much of Bermuda's beauty and spirit."
Read Scott Neil's article in the Royal Gazette.
Never Tell Them Why Val's first album which was released under the name of Val Wallace
Twelve original songs half of which were love songs and half social comment, with one religious and one environmental song
The Railway Trail Song Click here to open in your media player