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Val Halloran -- I Had No Idea

  • 2001 19 Oct
Val Halloran -- <i>I Had No Idea</i>
Review: I Had No Idea By Val Halloran
(Broken Records)

Where does Val Halloran find the time to record a beautiful, inspirational CD called I Had No Idea? The singer-songwriter Val Halloran has eight children, and her grandson is only two years younger than her youngest.

The Broken Records’ recording artist has a 70s flavor to her voice -- think Anne Murray mixed with Karen Carpenter -- and uses her alto/tenor range on easy-going songs like Keeper Of My Heart and Father. According to Halloran, listeners have strongly responded to the inspirational favorite, By Your Grace.

I Had No Idea has been somewhat of a collaborative experience for Halloran. Most of the lyrics for Father came from her son, while her arranger/co-writer’s daughter, Leilani Clark, sang Keeper Of My Heart to a radio audience of 3 million as the winner of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion talent contest this past April.

According to Halloran, you can hear Leilani’s live performance of Keeper of My Heart by going to and looking for Clark’s name under the April 21, 2001, show.

If you like tender piano and guitar ballads done with a rich, confident voice, Val Halloran’s I Had No Idea makes a great addition to your music collection. The CD is available thru: or under the inspirational category.