The True Story Project is a spoken-word-music ensemble combining narratives and poetry with songs and lyrics—all written separately but combined based on overlapping themes. We believe when artists collaborate, the planet gets better.


Mr. Valentine is a professional writer, public speaker and messaging strategist known for heart-wrenching and mind-opening prose and rhyme. His uncanny gift of connecting with an audience triggers the full gamut of human emotion. Mr. Valentine compels an audience with humorous insights as well as deeply authentic and vulnerable expression of thought.


Career Accomplishments

In the late 90s, Mr. Valentine wrote “fake news” jokes for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment. By the new millennium, he was working as a newspaper reporter in California, where he won a Best Spot News Coverage award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2004, Mr. Valentine left the journalism world to focus on advertising and marketing, where he has also won industry awards for his writing and editing. He currently owns and operates Independent Creativity, where he focuses on copywriting and social media messaging strategy.


Life Experience

Mr. Valentine holds degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from UCLA, and for 3 years worked and lived in Tokyo, Japan. At 25, he lost his first wife to cancer. Mr. Valentine views this and other life experiences as part of a necessary path toward being a better person and a better writer. He draws on his educational background and life experiences to deliver powerful speeches and narratives on:

  • Coping with grief and loss
  • Maintaining mental and spiritual clarity
  • Goal setting and teamwork
  • Optimism versus pessimism
  • Turning random tragedy into meaningful beauty



Laio is the lead vocalist and lead guitarist for True Story and served as musical director for “The Mammal Problem,” writing the score for the play and several of the songs that accompany True Story pieces.

Laio is a native Idahoan and a popular singer-songwriter, and an accomplished painter in the Boise area and beyond. Her latest album is entitled: “Breaking Things”








True Story proudly partners with a number of singer-songwriters, musicians and other artists, including:

kyla • Kyla Davidson | Cello
Ms. Davidson is the cellist for True Story Project and a veteran member of the Boise Philharmonic. She is a graduate of the College of Idaho, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance. Ms. Davidson is a cello instructor for Dunkley’s Music in Boise and a principal player in The Pitches–an all-female classical string trio.





 • Garrick Meacham | Bass
Mr. Meacham was raised in Idaho and grew up playing upright bass in big bands, jazz choirs, and small ensembles. He also plays electric bass in rock and alternative bands, enjoying his time touring whenever he gets the chance.






 • Anna Dunford Meacham | Percussionist, Vocals
Ms. Meacham was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and has been a percussionist for 12 years. She holds a degree in percussion performance and will play anything you can hit. As a performer, Ms. Meacham has toured Europe twice and the eastern United States. She is a two-time national marimba solo champion, and an experienced teacher and songwriter across many styles including classical, rock, and jazz.