Nina Francis is a versatile singer and an accomplished guitarist. Laced with undertones of pop, folk, and jazz, Nina’s music blends timeless songwriting with modern sensibilities to create a sophisticated sound all her own. She is indeed “an artist to watch” (Bart Mendoza, Beach & Bay Press).
Mônica da Silva grew up living between the United States and Belém, Brazil, a city on the Amazon River. A love of travel and foreign language helped forge her unique sound, a genre da Silva calls “Indie Nova” or Bossa Nova. Bringing her cultural diversity to her songs, she smoothly flows between languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French), and takes her listeners on a journey. Through her music, da Silva hopes to expose people to different cultures, sounds, and new ways of thinking. In 2017, da Silva’s song “Back To His Girl” was featured in the Golden Globe Award winning film Lady Bird. Her latest single “Soldado de Amor” (2017), was nominated for a 2018 International Brazilian Press Award. The track was featured in the BBC One series The Replacement, in the 2018 Paramount Network series American Woman, and will soon appear in the 2019 Fall Campaign for the American fashion label Tory Burch. She is currently recording a new, full-length solo album, as well as writing and recording with her project Complicated Animals.
Marina V is an award-winning Russian-American recording pop artist. The singer/pianist/songwriter is a self-described “musical lovechild of The Beatles, Tori Amos and Tchaikovsky.” Marina grew up in Moscow and has been singing and writing songs since a very young age. After being rewarded a prestigious scholarship, Marina came to America at the age of 15 by herself. Somewhere between visa issues, crazy odd jobs, missing her family, playing ice hockey, and attending a university in Illinois, she worked hard and has quickly blossomed into an international voice. She self-released 12 albums and has played over 1,200 shows worldwide. Having collaborated with Grammy and Emmy winners as well as writing songs for NBC, CBS, Oprah Winfrey Network, Lifetime, and more, Marina’s songs have a timeless quality that transcends boundaries and touches fans from all walks of life.
Valley Cultural Foundation has been supporting Emerging Artists for the last three (3) years, providing them a means to perform in a live, professional, established concert setting where they can promote and refine their talents.
In an effort to continue its Emerging Artist program, and in compliance with the 2020 restrictions for live music due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VCF has created “Concerts on the Couch”. This online series is a way to entertain safely and promote this year’s Emerging Artists.
Valley Cultural Foundation will release one video block per week, featuring songs by three emerging artists, and will continue to release a new video each week throughout the summer.