Valerie Winrow is a singer, songwriter, and author of two books, Dear Chris, Conversations with My Son and her most recent, Who’s That Girl?, which chronicles her life after losing her son and husband, the struggle to gain balance, find love again and peace.
Her works are based on a foundation created by a lifetime of faith and perseverance. In 2005, her best friend and oldest son, Chris, became ill. He battled for two years with cancer before accepting his heavenly invitation to dwell in eternity. Shortly thereafter, her confidant, backbone, supporter, and late husband, Elgin, also accepted the hand of Christ after suffering from cancer. While they both suffered from long-term illness, their faith and trust in God was beyond imagination. After their passing, it became apparent that there must be more meaning to her experience. She began to question God and seek His direction. In the midst of prayer, she found comfort and guidance. Through incredible dedication and inner strength; through the struggle of pain and sorrow; came forth a voice for inspiration she now shares through her music and inspirational writing.
Winrow shares her story as a way of expressing God’s love and redeeming power to the world. Her music, entertainment, and writings are designed to motivate and encourage others with the message that a determination to remain focused in the face of adversity will always lead to true purpose and fulfillment, as God intends.
Winrow has established an educational scholarship in memory her late son, Christopher Jermaine Smith. Proceeds from her first book, Dear Chris, Conversations with My Son, go towards this effort. The book is a series of letters that expose true emotions and the strength gained while living through adversity. Who’s That Girl, the follow-up story, further chronicles her life’s journey beyond the loss of happiness, self-appreciation and finding love again. Winrow resides in Georgia with her new husband Dwayne, and their children Joshua and Zaria.