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Episode 47 - Denise Valle

Episode 47 - Denise Valle

Denise Valle is a prodigiously talented R&B singer/songwriter based in Saskatoon. For this show's final episode at the Saskatoon Public Library (for now?), we delved into the multi-purpose and echoey space in the Frances Morrison basement - presumably closer to wherever the forbidden books are stored. We chat about singing with your back turned, Valle's Rosthern-based upbringing (home of the Wheatkings) and California-based education, the influence of El Salvadorean rancheras music and American pop around the house, the doors that opened from winning a local singing competition (The Duo) along with Brock Fehr, experiences performing in Mo' Love ("what about the elephants?"), cross-border observations, Valle's parents' journey from El Salvador to Los Angeles, the importance of and liberation in talking about experiences with racism and discrimination out loud, "vulnerability hangovers", building up songs from "skeletons", the artistic relationship with validation, the magic of Dani