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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

From Venice to Amsterdam, to London to NYC: what's next??

Dear friends,

It’s 2011 and this will be my 7th year living in New York City.
Many of you know a bit of my past, but some of you may not know it, so let me share with you some of my past wonderful musical memories!!

I came to NYC 7 years ago after my music got serious attention of a major label here in NYC. They thought that I had a special voice that could do well in the American market. At the time I was living in London already for a year, but I was ready for a change, so I took the challenge and I moved to NYC!!
In London I was basically working as a songwriter for the music publisher I was singed at, Right Bank Music, one of the biggest independent music publishers.
In London with songwriter Ben Robbims
My team at this publishing company had written songs like “Believe” for Cher, “Baliamos” for Enrique Iglesias and many more hits for Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion. In my year in London I got to write songs with some of the greatest songwriters and to have some great success with my songs that were recorded and sang by other artists around Europe.
It was during my year in London that I was also sent to do a wonderful writing session experience in Denmark called D-Pop, that completely changed my life and brought me to the USA. For 14 days together with famous songwriters from all over the world, we were writing songs from morning to night in a wonderful recording studio. The objective was to write a song a day for different artists who were looking for songs. We had to write and to record the song and have it finished by 6 PM. Since we all had so much fun, we ended up writing two songs a day…we went on after dinner till almost the morning too!! It was such a wonderful experience, very enriching. It was in one of the night sessions that two of the writers I was writing with, Joachim and Lotte, got the idea to write something for me about me, something in English!! You should know that previously my arrival in London I was living in Amsterdam, Holland. I had just moved there when I participated and won the song contest “San Remo Giovani Talenti nel Mondo”. This was a European version of the Italian festival dedicated to all the Italian young singers living abroad. I participated in the category singer-songwriters with my song “Solo Con te” (Only with you) and I won it .
The CD cover of my CD
Back side of my CD
That brought me to my contract with BMG Ariola in Holland. I had quit some fame with the release of my own CD titled “Cristina”. The first single, called Libera, was in the Charts for 6 months and did very well. I got even to do a nice video clip in Rome; basically the title of the song was Libera, which means free, and the video clip was me driving freely in Rome on my yellow scooter. So much fun and so many great memories!! After Libera the second single from the album “Cristina” titled  “Parliamo D’Amore” was chosen to be the sound track of a scooter campaign in Holland and Germany.

The Cover of Libera
With the third single” Amore L’amore”, another original song of mine, a dance song, I also did another video clip. So much fun!! So many wonderful memories. My team was the best!!
Because of the success of my CD’s  I got to perform many Concerts in Europe, do many TV appearances and even to sing in 2000 in front of 60.000 people during the Semi-Final and the Final of the Euro Cup Soccer (football). My CD with BMG was an incredible achievement already for me as a young singer and a songwriter. I had the chance to record all my own original songs. The CD was recorded in the major studio in Holland, the string orchestra was recorded in Belgium and the CD was mastered in the very famous studio in London; Abbey Road.

The cover of Parliamo D'amore

Shot from the TV while singing  for RTL 4 Program
Shot from the TV while singing  for  Staats Lorerij Show
It was a pop album sang completely in Italian. In Holland and Germany they do love Italian artists. I was having a wonderful time living my dream and all of that while singing in Italian.
I had never recorded in English previously that night in Denmark when my two fellow co-writers said to me: let’s write something for you about you. Well that night was born my song” Italian Signorina”, that as you may know was in my first EP ever released here in the USA.
It was that song that got the attention of some executives here in the USA. They were convinced that I had a unique sound that would do well in the USA!!
Oh well now you know I got here and where I’m coming from!!
I’m still working hard to fulfill my musical dreams. I want to bring to the world romantic music, entertain people with positive and uplifting shows. I’m planning to do Concerts all over the world and make many more CD’s for year to come…and all of this is happening because of the love of the support of my fans here in the USA and in Europe and the rest of the World, the hard work of my manager and the rest of my team.
I’m working hard but I love every second of it since this is my passion and was I was born to be: a singer!!
So stay tuned for more great news coming soon. I’m working on some great nice projects. For now I can say I love to be in NYC to be doing what I love so much and I’m so very grateful to have so many great people in my life guiding me and helping with my career and my dreams!

Thank you to my dear friend and PA Anja Visser who took most of the pictures you see on this blog.

Stay tuned for my next week blog about fashion!
Love always e un abbraccio a tutti,

And here below you'll find  more pictures from my memory line and some of the wonderful people in my life!!
Giada Valenti

Shooting the video for Amore l'Amore
Shooting the video for Amore L'amore

Shooting the video for Libera in Rome
Luciana touching up my make up in Rome

Shooting the video for Libera in Rome

On TV with Dutch presenter Fabienne De Vries
With Dutch presenter Rolf Wouters

More shoots from the TV show Televisione di Rolfo

Singing for the Dutch program Staats Loterij Show
Signing CD after my performance for the Dutch TV
With my wonderful team after the shooting of a promotional video 

Shooting a promotional video in Hilversum, NL

Singing for the Dutch TV program Staat Loterij Show
Shot from the TV singing 
Singing for the Dutch TV with Joke and Marielle
Mastering my CD at the Abbey Road Studio in London

Singing at the Arena of Amsterdam
Singing at the Arena of Amsterdam

Promotional picture for Libera

On the set of my  promotional Video 
Promotional picture for Parliamo D'Amore
Singing for Schreeuw van de Leeuw TV program 
Taking pictures with famous Dutch photographer Patricia Steur
Being introduced by wonderful Italian presenter Cristina Giorngo
Performing in Holland

With Aaron Winter  of Ajax before the game
With Dutch Presenter Ron Brandsteder

Singing at the Amsterdam Arena
With the team making the video for Libera in Rome

With my stylist in Holland Diane Beekman

Discussing the last details with JJ  before my performance at the Amsterdam's Arena

With the team of Radio 2 in Holland

With Giel Van Praag

Singing at the Final of Euro Cup in Rotterdam

The making of my CD with Alan

The Inauguration of Luchroom Sandy with the Major of Rijswijk


  1. Pretty Nice these memories!!!!!
    I like hear this kind of stories....
    by the picture and what you said.... you make big big steps and you are going to RUN definitely!!!!! LOL ;)

    I have that CD "Cristina" Sooooo Nice by Music and Lyrics!!!! Seems a rare item now.... ;)

    Thanks for sharing this part of your life/career!!!
    Proud to be your FAN!!!!


  2. Thank you so much Martha!!
    I'm lucky to have a fan and friend like you!!
    Love you,

  3. Very enjoyable blog Giada! Reading about everything you did makes me want to encourage you all the more to keep singing and to start writing again! You have so much music in you to be shared with the world. I can't wait to see where your continuing musical journey takes you...and I'll be there to support you every step of the way - love you!

  4. Thank you so much Karen for your words of love and support always!!
    It's because of the love and support of people like you that it's possible for me to keep doing what I love so much!!
    Glad to hear that you loved the BLOG!!
    I will keep writing music, keep bringing my music to the world and keep writing my BLOG...all of this for you and for all the fans and friends that will show their love along the way!!
    You are my reason why!!
    Love you,

  5. J'adore !!! I didn't know all your musical story and it's a very interesting blog ;-) Always a pleasure to read you and to discover more about you :-) Bisous

  6. Thank you Veronique!! I'm happy to read that you like the BLOG!! Welcome on board!! I've been writing this blog for a year if you like to read more about me just look at all the OLD posts....some were personal like this and some about things I Iove and things about Italy!!
    Un abbraccio e ben trovata qui sul BLOG!!

  7. I just love this blog. Takes me back to 2000 which has been, looking back at it, a particular year for me.
    I never saw the program 'Televisione di Rolfo', maybe because it was too late in the evening for me. Everything after 21.00 was too late for me ;-).
    I didn't know you have been to 'Staatsloterij Muziekland' so many times ;-). Didn't even know you had a videoclip. Never watched TMF. All I know is that you had a lot of Private Parties, otherwise you would have seen me a lot more than only twice ;-)
    Viva 'libera'

  8. Thank you so much Susi for the message! I loved to write this Blog many wonderful memories!! I did many programs in Holland...I should have post also the pictures of all the times I've been to Koffietijd and some other morning shows!!
    So many was difficult to choose only a few!! LOL
    yes i did two videos for Libera and Amore l'Amore...a lot of fun!!
    You are right I did a lot of Private Parties while in Holland...well I hope to be back one day soon for a Concert in Holland...that will be fun and I hope to see you there on first row!!
    Viva Libera indeed!!
    Love, G

  9. Wonderful site Giada, the love you share and express for us is heartwarming and great, thank you, the site is beautiful, I like the photos, they're great, you do alot and are busy and it's all very interesting, reminds me when I attended the golden Globes in 2000, alot of fun, and I got a hello from Bette Midler. The entertainment industry is great, so glad you are a part of it, to success!! Brava!!!!

  10. Hello, great photos !! Good to see so many of them back I know that I didn't stay up so late that night (to search/scan & send them) for nothing !! ;-)
    And b.t.w.: thanks for thanking me, girl did we go some places way back then....xx Anja

  11. Thank you Ann. Thank you for sending me the pictures:"We really had such a great time together"".
    I can't wait to see you again and to make more unforgettable memories together!! Let's plan something soon,
    Miss you and love you always,