Valerie June Shares Acoustic Version Of “Why The Bright Stars Glow” Featuring Mavis Staples


Valerie June shares “Why The Bright Stars Glow (Moon And Stars / Acoustic),” a heartfelt rework of the song that forms the emotional core of her acclaimed 2021 album The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreams featuring additional vocals from the incomparable Mavis Staples. “I celebrate bringing the theme of The Moon and Stars full circle with this powerful collaboration” says June. “Our planetary luminescent oracle, Mavis Staples, reminds us that every soul matters and every life has a gift that can uplift the planet. We see through this song that dreams really do come true if we are willing to put in the energy and patiently wait.”

Listen here.

The collaboration with Mavis Staples puts the exclamation mark on a banner year for Valerie June. The Moon and Stars has been a critical smash, receiving praise on both sides of the Atlantic from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, The Guardian and so many more. Rolling Stone and SPIN both named the album one of the Best Of 2021 so far. June was featured on the cover of Bitter Southerner’s first-ever print magazine, was profiled by The New York Times, performed at the Kennedy Center alongside Angelique Kidjo and Estelle for the Black Women Breaking Ground celebration, and even illustrated and published a book of poetry titled Maps For The Modern World.

Earlier this week, Valerie June announced her 2022 headlining tour dates – see below for full routing or visit

Keep an eye out for more from Valerie June soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates
Sat Nov 20 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theatre Center
Sat Jan 22 – Austin, TX – ACL @ Moody Theater
Sat Jan 29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

The Moon & Stars Tour
Thu Mar 31 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Fri Apr 01 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom
Sat Apr 02 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Sun Apr 03 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Tue Apr 05 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Wed Apr 06 – Berkeley, CA – The UC Theatre
Fri Apr 08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
Sat Apr 09 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up
Tue May 03 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre
Wed May 04 – New York, NY – Town Hall
Thu May 05 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Fri May 06 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall at Homestead
Sat May 07 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre
Tue May 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Wed May 11 – Ferndale, MI – Magic Bag
Fri May 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Sat May 14 – Columbus, OH – The Athenaeum Theatre
Sun May 15 – Indianapolis, IN – HI-FI Annex
Mon May 16 – Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theatre
Wed May 18 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School
Thu May 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
Sat May 21 – Iowa City, IA – Englert Theatre
Sun May 22 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
Tue May 24 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall
Wed May 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
Fri May 27 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
Sat May 28 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head On Stage