Valerie Simpson

2013 Howard Theatre Restoration Honoree

Valerie Simpson is half of the songwriting/ performing/ producing entity formerly known as Ashford and Simpson. Their award winning collaborations began 4 decades ago and she along with her late husband Nick Ashford have penned classic hits such as, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Solid,” “Your Precious Love,” and “Let’s Go Get Stoned.”

She is on ASCAP’s board of directors and also serves on The ASCAP’s Foundation where an award has been established to aid struggling songwriters called the Reach Out and Touch Award which honors Nick Ashford. Valerie runs a popular New York Westside Music Club and Restaurant called The Sugar Bar where young writers/singers/musicians have a platform to perform. Valerie recently released a solo album “Dinosaurs Are Coming Back Again,” which was 11 years in the making. She is currently performing concerts around the country in support of this new project. And she was just featured recently on Oprah Winfrey’s Next Chapter.



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