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La Cañada's colorful Valentine

Singer who's appeared on 'Idol' and 'The Voice' prepares for her solo debut at the Viper Room.

August 26, 2011|By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com
  • Emily Valentine has gone from La Cañada Flintridge to touring the world and appearing on NBC's "The Voice. "Shes back in town now as she prepares to launch her solo career. (Photo by River Clark)
Emily Valentine has gone from La Cañada Flintridge…

Emily Valentine might have gone to La Cañada Elementary and La Cañada High, but that doesn’t mean she’s your average resident of the 91011.

With years of touring in a punk band, appearances on “American Idol” and “The Voice,” and yes, lots of tattoos, Valentine is already moving full steam ahead in her attempts to take over the music industry, even if she’s living with her mom in quiet La Cañada Flintridge.

Valentine said she doesn’t mind living at home while she gears up for the next phase in her career, which kicks off when she plays her debut solo show Sept. 18 at the Viper Room.

“My mom keeps me in line, and it works because I can look forward to writing music six days a week in the studio,” Valentine said.

Although she started out in the punk band Go Betty Go, Valentine has now moved into the limelight as a solo performer, and says her style is darker dance rock and pop.

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Valentine said her mom, Patty Wynn-Hughes — Valentine is a nom de song — led her down the path to a musical career.

“My mom was a singer in a band until I was around 10 years old, and that was my first exposure to music,” Valentine said. “I pretty much sang before I could do anything else.”

Having lived in La Cañada Flintridge since she was 7, Valentine said that she couldn’t wait to get her driver’s license so she could see L.A.’s music scene, and that her mom made it happen by letting her use her car.

“She really let me expose myself to different styles of music and was really instrumental in allowing me to go to Hollywood at a really young age to be in the audience of rock ‘n’ roll shows,” Valentine said.

Valentine is ready to have her own shows now, having appeared briefly on “American Idol,” and making the final battle round of NBC’s own singing competition show, “The Voice.”

Valentine said appearing on “American Idol” prepared her to take advantage of her time on “The Voice.” She said the show was a great opportunity to hone her craft and learn from accomplished music industry veterans.

“I’ve worked with producers who work with the best,” Valentine said. “I’ve worked with Linda Perry, who works with Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani and wrote “Beautiful. She has had a string of hits.”

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