"In a genre where male jazz vocalists of substance are rare, Kevin Valentine is the real thing. He is a performer who swings hard on a standard and yet has the sensitivity to nurture a ballad." - Mike Boone Possessing an easy, effortless style that swings, Kevin's treatment of standards conveys an understanding for the culmination of melody, rhythm and lyric. While he loves standards, he does not think that they should be held in such esteem that they cannot grow and evolve. "Standards are not defined as being written between 1910 and 1950, they were just the pop songs of that day. Rodgers and Hart wrote standards but so did Linda Creed and Thom Bell (Take the time to listen to KV's version of 'People Make The World Go 'Round') . Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Sting all composed standards. Their pieces will be played 50 years from now and still sound fresh." Kevin says that his pursuit as an artist is to "find those tunes and be a part of the presentation that paints the picture with new colors". Check out his work on Lennon and McCartney's "Money Can't Buy Me Love".