was born on February 22, 1961, and was raised in Hurricane, West Virginia. She graduated from Hurricane High School and Marshall University with a degree in education. She is married to Jim Gabehart and they have two children: Jimmy, Jr. age 22, and Amy, age 19.
They live in Hamlin, West Virginia, where Valerie works for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources as a Family Support Specialist. Valerie has coached T-ball, buddy basketball, and assisted with the high school basketball, volleyball, softball and track teams.
Valerie grew up watching local bluegrass musicians perform at a restaurant owned by Valerie’s parents. At the age of eight, Valerie learned to play the guitar and made her debut at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton, West Virginia, singing the Osborne Brothers’ hit “Ruby”. Although she enjoyed playing the guitar and singing, after her parents sold the restaurant she spent most of her teenage years performing with her high school marching band, playing drums and leading the band as drum majorette. Valerie was also quite an athlete, competing in girls basketball and track, winning several track meets throwing the discus.
VALERIE and Jim have performed since 1982 as STEADFAST. During the recording of the group’s first album in Nashville, a professional musician who was observing the recording referred to Valerie as “one-take Valerie”, a compliment to her flawless delivery. In its review of the album, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine called Valerie a “gutty, dynamic singer” with “major-league talent”. In addition to her own projects, Valerie has been invited to contribute harmony vocals to enhance other recordings. While she could have gained fame and fortune through her voice, Valerie’s values and priorities have earned her greater rewards as a wife, mother, and servant to all.
VALERIE plays bass and sings lead and harmony vocals forThe Grass Stains.