They say time can heal a broken heart, but sometimes the pain can seem like too much to bear. Nobody knows this more than Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter Valentina Cherico as she laments in her new single “Teach Me How To Love Again.”
A gentle piano and Cherico’s soft and vulnerable vocals start the song off as she looks back on the heartbreak she has endured and wonders if it will ever end. Once the pre-chorus hits, Cherico’s vocals take on a beautiful tone that leads into the chorus that asks how she will know when true love finds her.
“My heart can’t take no more
I open one more door
But nobody’s there
How will I know?
How will I feel
When the time is right for me”
As the song continues, Cherico’s angelic voice gradually grows more powerful and combines with the softer tones from earlier to showcase her range. Her vocals and the song’s lyrics are reminiscent of one of Cherico’s artistic influences, the late Selena Quintanilla and her song “I Could Fall In Love With You”.
Of the song’s inspiration, Cherico states that it came from personal experiences. “I wrote “Teach Me How To Love Again” at a time where I felt very lost. My heart was broken by people who I trusted and loved. I thought that I would never meet someone who would love me or treat me right.”
The single is complimented by an intimate music video that shows Cherico playing the piano and singing alone in a white dress. She is also shown wearing white while walking around town. The video captures Cherico’s search for true love and the helplessness she feels while trying to do so.
By the time Cherico’s vocals crescendos to a high note, there is a sense of newfound hope conveyed. The singer asserts this herself as she explains, “This song and music video is dedicated to anyone that has lost love, or has given up in believing that true love even exists. This song is to encourage those people that you are not alone in your search.”
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cherico got her start within her musical family. As a young child, she’d watch her father and older sister perform in a group called “Cassanova”. She’d eventually join the group herself as she studied piano.
From a young age, Cherico also had an interest in acting, attending Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School before appearing in various stage musicals. Her most notable appearance as an actress and singer would be doing background roles for the series “American Rust” starring Jeff Daniels.
As a solo singer, Cherico recorded her first original tune, “There’s No Stopping Me,” alongside Grammy nominated and multi-award-winning music producer, Roy Hamilton, III. The song debuted in August 2021. The following year, she released her Latin/Pop single titled “Believe In Yourself”, which was streamed in over 89 countries and played all over the U.S. and Europe.