You can discover an endless amount of talent in Austin, Texas, the music capitol of the world. Here you can find the talented singer-songwriter, Malia Grace. Even Jimmy Fallon is a fan, he recently shared her latest single, “Momma Didn’t Raise No Fool,” on his blog.
After moving from Colorado to Austin at seven-years old, Malia wasted no time to start learning about music. “I started with choir in elementary then when I was in middle school I went to the Austin School of Rock camp and started getting into rock music and taking guitar lessons,” Malia said. Her guitar instructor at rock camp, Johnny Vogoslang, stayed in touch with Malia and helped produce her latest album. She won battle of the band competitions and continued singing in choir and explored rock and classical music at the same time. After graduating she started off studying opera at the University of Texas at Austin, but after deciding it wasn’t for her, she switched to music business and kept studying music. Her musical background is all over the place. “I’ve studied opera, jazz and rock. The only thing I never studied is blues yet my music has a blues vibe,” Malia says. “I’m really grateful for all the training, arranging harmonies is very natural for me.”
Malia’s sweet and graceful voice makes for perfect wedding music. She wrote, “The One,” specifically for weddings and many couples make the song a part of their ceremony. “It’s amazing, when people want my song at their wedding I want to cry,” Malia says.
Inspiration can spring up wherever, she always has her phone ready to record ideas. “The recorder on my phone is a life saver, almost always my melody and lyrics come together,” Malia says. “I find that best songs come up at random places like in the car or washing dishes.”
Since 12-years-old she tries to write songs daily. After she graduated college she wrote about about the feelings she had during that period of her life like feeling knocked down and getting right back up and heart break. Lately her thoughts have turned toward empowerment and her perspective of the world. “I’m a little bit more focused on writing about doing things on my own and having strength,” Malia says. “Lately I’ve been affected by the world, all the terrible things going on are really bothering me and I’m spending a lot of time trying to figure out the state of humans. I’m trying to figure out how I can be a better person and help change things.”
Her debut album will release October 29th, she’s worked on this album since early college but her perfectionism has delayed it, she didn’t want to cut any corners and feels confident and is excited to share her music. She’s changed producers a bit but finally found one she clicked with. “I went through four different producers but finally found the perfect three,” Malia says. Matt Novesky of Blue October reached out to Malia to help with the album. Novesky, Malia’s guitar instructor at rock camp, Johnny Vogeosang, and Travis Kennedy all worked together to produce the album. “A lot of people were worried going to be too many songs with too many people but I would say nope, it’s going to be just fine,” Malia says. “It couldn’t have gone any better.”
After the album release, Malia will keep playing shows. Since having her music featured on Jimmy Fallon, she’s received many invitations to play shows and is looking to drive around Texas for a fall tour. We’ll see how this album releases, it’ll have a large affect on what will happen in the future,” Malia says. “I’m open to whatever happens, I’m leaving everything up to faith and God.”