Valeriy Malyshev was born in Severomorsk, Murmansk region, in the family of a naval officer. Valeriy is a former military interceptor pilot. He spent his youth travelling military towns and units. All that time Valeriy has been engaged in the musical oeuvre and he was making living by playing the piano at restaurants and weddings. In 1996, the singer plunged into the entertainment industry, where he gained popularity and success.
Perhaps, many are curious to learn how Valeriy Malyshev, who was engaged in the entertainment industry, became Orthodox Christian?
In 2006, I faced great sorrows. It was God's Way of drawing me back to Him... Today, being a child of the Holy Apostolic Canonical Orthodox Church, I am given the opportunity to serve our Great Lord and the people by what I can do.
Between the years of 2006 — 2017, twenty-seven albums have been released and thousands of Orthodox concerts have been performed in Ukraine, Russia and abroad. Valeriy continues working constantly on recording new songs.
he blessed Matushka Alipia led me to the faith…
Nun Alipia (in the world - Agafia Tikhonovna Avdeeva, died in 1988. The relics are in the crypt of the cathedral church of the Goloseevskaya Desert near Kiev). "I was a professional pilot, two meters tall and had no place for God in my heart. I was an atheist. One might even say, an aggressive atheist. And if someone started talking about God, I could even hit him. In 1987, when I was attending the baptism of my niece at the Holy Ascension Cathedral on Demievka in Kiev, I was standing and smoking at the cathedral territory.
Suddenly I heard: "Alipia, Alipia is coming."
Surely, I had no reaction. A small, hunched old woman, passing by, pierced me with such a look that made me to dropped the cigarette unwillingly. It just simply fell out of my hands! After a few more steps, the nun stopped and shouted something threatening with her stick. Back then, I didn't understand but now I know that on the day we’ve met, she drove away those terrible demonic forces that surrounded me and were dragging me to hell.
Matushka prayed for me. She probably knew that in time I would come to her and wholeheartedly ask her holy prayers for my soul. God touched my heart and filled it with love. A year after my first meeting with Matushka, I turned to God, I was baptized and began practicing Orthodoxy.
But only 20 years later, when I had a very difficult life situation and I was on the brink, Matushka Alipia helped me again. I started visiting the Goloseevskiy Monastery and acquainted with the cell attendant of Mother Alipia and her spiritual children. Matushka's spiritual feat greatly inspired me. I'm a composer and a singer, and by God's mercy I dedicated one song to Matushka first, then another one, and then decided to release a whole album. I know for sure that all these 20 years since the moment I had smoked at the cathedral, Matushka has been praying for me. Her prayers guided my soul onto the path of truth.
Never did I know that for any God-pleasing deal one should ask
for the blessing of the priest.
I really wanted to write a song for my Matushka. There were already words and music being born in my head. One day I got into the studio and began working. Suddenly, I heard a squeal, a rattle, some terrifying howl! The two computers burned down. The shelf, mounted to the wall, wrenched in an unnatural way and the microphone racks toppled over. I lost my voice for the whole month! Someone later advised me to go to the priest and ask for a blessing to write the song. And after I got the blessing, the song for Matushka Alipia was written...""
My songs, I hope, strengthen people in faith and bring them
to the state of repentance and prayer.
Valeriy Malyshev is well known not only for performing his songs. Each and every one of his concerts is a heartful and soul−warning conversation with the audience. Valeriy shares the story of every song. He talks about his life and the lives of the Saints, thankfully he has a broad knowledge of the Orthodox Christian Faith. At the moment, Valeriy is studying at the theological department of the Ryazan University and travels to the Holy Places. Despite of the lack in advertising, at his concerts, the halls are usually packed and sometimes people even stand in the aisles and sit on the steps.
The spiritual richness of Valeriy's songs combined with the pure Orthodox Christian faith, his professionalism and desire to serve God and people always touch heart of every single person attending Valery's concerts. Not a single song left the audience indifferent. When listening to Valeriy’s songs, people get tears in their eyes and the desire to pray and talk with God, it means that the mission of his songs is fulfilled.