Valentina wants you to keep the faith with her sultry debut ‘Foolish Ways’

Songs about those times when you should have stopped pop­ping bot­tles – before you end­ed up face down in the sofa, if you’re lucky! – are uncom­mon. Espe­cial­ly in the wavy world of mod­ern R&B.

‘Fool­ish Ways’ is the debut sin­gle from Valenti­na, a singer-song­writer from south Lon­don. It’s sul­try self-reflec­tion deliv­ered in a trap R&B sheath.

“The song is based around a reflec­tion of a time when feel­ing lost with­in one­self and the tri­als and tribu­la­tions that take place dur­ing the jour­ney of find­ing one’s way through,” Valenti­na told Fringe Fre­quen­cy.

“Through strug­gle you find strength, through pain you find change, through change you find hope, and through faith you find forgiveness.”

It’s an unusu­al com­bi­na­tion, but Valentina’s sul­try tim­bre and strong mes­sage make it all work remark­ably well. There’s some Bev­er­ley Knight and Jen­nifer Hud­son to her in this song.

Give ‘Fool­ish Ways’ a lis­ten below.

Born and raised in south Lon­don, Valentina’s music career start­ed in 2008, when she entered The X Fac­tor with girl group RTI. In 2011, she joined pop girl group Vida, toured with JLS, and released the sin­gle ‘Boom­Box’. After step­ping away from music, she decid­ed in 2017 it was time for her to get back in the game and focus on devel­op­ing her artistry.

Valentina’s debut sin­gle was writ­ten by her and Pink Mayne, with pro­duc­tion from 80svnpro and Nathaniel Wilson.

Accom­pa­ny­ing her sin­gle, she has start­ed a cam­paign, #Fool­ish­WaysCon­fes­sions, to raise some aware­ness about the core mes­sage of the song, which, she said is “Your past does NOT define your future”.

Con­nect with Valenti­na on Insta­gram and Twit­ter.

Image: Neco London