Board of Directors: Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson is one half of the Dynamic Duo Ashford & Simpson. She is an accomplished songwriter and producer as well as recording artist whose chart busting hits stretch over four decades and include "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "You're All I Need To Get By," "Let's Go Get Stoned," "I'm Every Woman," "Reach Out And Touch Somebody's Hand," "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing," "Your Precious Love" and "Solid."

She and her husband Nickolas are known for their exciting concert appearances and continue to wow audiences in the United States and internationally in London, Liverpool, Amsterdam and Japan. She is proud of the 12 Gold and Platinum Records and over 50 ASCAP Awards she has collected. Simpson and her husband also received ASCAP's highest honor, The Founders Award and the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. They were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Valerie and Nick are currently working on a musical based on their life story. They also own a popular club/restaurant in Manhattan, Sugar Bar, which promotes talented songwriter/singers and has assisted in launching many successful careers.

Simpson's music remains continuously in play; Seal's cover of "I Am Your Man" returns a Motown classic to the present and Amy Winehouse's "Tears Dry On Their Own," is built on the music from "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Lil Wayne samples another of their classic Motown tunes "Benji" in his current album.