Valerie LaCerra

By Criag McKibben Jr.

By Criag McKibben Jr.

Valerie LaCerra, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for Key of V, was born and lives in rural Pennsylvania, and has been creating recorded music since 2006. Her first project was a solo album, Carbon Nation, featuring warped samples of her acoustic guitar, vocals, and found sound. While recording the tracks that would become the basis for Key of V,  Val teamed up with friend Alex Boyce for the Neo-Blues duo Dial-P, sending tracks from both projects to her sister Erin in Ireland. When Erin returned, the two formed a live show and hit the streets with Key of V in 2007. Val helped found and organize the Absorb Williamsport Festival, a 20 band festival promoting a “diverse community for sonic unity” which ran from 2008 to 2010. She is a guest vocalist on Black Marble’s Devil’s Canning Party [2009], Clawfoot Slumber‘s Silly Little Dream [2011], and  House of Glass Dolls [2011] by Fletcher Kaufman (Redlight, Go!, Akron/Family). In summer of 2010 she teamed up with both Fletcher Kaufman and Clawfoot Slumber front-man Alex Callenberger to form Alvira–an experimental acoustic electronica project where Val contributed vocals, lyrics, synth, and accordian. Valerie graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2011 with a BS in Human Services; she currently provides behavioral health services to children. Her current band, The Alterations, began performing in 2012 when Key of V’s geographical differences sent the band on hiatus from live shows.

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