While you can’t put her into a (genre) box since she dabbles in several, the one thing that sets this sister apart, is her organic approach! No overhyped beats, no meaningless bubble gum pop, but carefully written tracks that will tap into your personal mood and emotions.
With dropping her latest album ‘Pieces Of Me‘ yesterday, it’s the perfect time to introduce you to a singer/songwriter who’s soothing and schweet but powerful when you need a kick in your ears, Malynda Hale:
The Dutch Guy (TDG): Can I borrow 20 bucks?
Malynda Hale: My heart says yes but my bank account says no. haha!
TDG: When you looked into the mirror this morning, what was your first thought?
Malynda: Good Grief!
TDG: What was the last furry thing you touched?
Malynda: My puppy Cora!!
TDG: Can you describe yourself in one sentence?
Malynda: That’s impossible haha. Um… I’m a singing, acting, vegan, wife of a lawyer.
TDG: What are your (musical) roots?
Malynda: I grew up singing in church in Santa Barbara and throughout school up until now I’ve always done musical theatre. I sang in Jazz choir in highschool and went to school for opera. I’ve always been exposed to a variety of music which is why I think my music is so eclectic in a sense. I simply love all kinds of music.
TDG: How would you describe your sound?
Malynda: I tend to catergorize myself as a Pop/Soul singer/songwriter, but some of my songs do have an R&B feel, some have an alternative pop feel. I really just love creating so even though all the records I put out are cohesive and sound like me, my sound varies. And I think that helps we reach a broader audience. I like to have something for everyone to connect to!
TDG: What’s involved in your songwriting process?
Malynda: It varies from song to song. It’s been a long time since I actually just sat down to write a song. Most of the songs I write come to me at odd times.
In my sleep, while I’m driving or shopping at target. So I’m usually the crazy person humming melodies or saying lyrics into my phone.
When I lived in New York I fit in really well haha! I write all my songs on the piano and once I have some sort of melody idea I’ll sit down at the piano and just see where it takes me.
TDG: Which aspect did you enjoy the most while working on your album ‘Pieces Of Me‘?
Malynda: The writing process was the most fun for me and picking out the songs. I love this album because it symbolizes so much growth in myself and my career. I think the wide variety of songs the album offers shows that. I also loved working with people who believed in me, from the producers to the live musicians. It was always such a blast to watch all of my songs come to life from my little demos of me playing them on piano. It’s always such a rewarding and emotional experiencing.
TDG: Who or what inspires you the most?
Malynda: I’m inspired by people who work hard to fulfill their dreams. People who are outspoken and tend to go against the grain. People who don’t conform. I’m also inspired by people who take risks because I tend to stay in the safe zone haha! Musically I’m inspired by many, but it’s no secret that Gavin DeGraw is at the top of that list.
TDG: What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
Malynda: That I have it all together, haha. I’m a hot mess sometimes! But its nothing a little makeup and a smile can’t fix.
TDG: How important is connecting with fans for you? What kind of connection do you have or do you like to have with them?
Malynda: Fan connection and interaction is so important! Fans can make or break your career. People should always take the time to thank their fans. I always take the time to respond to tweets or messages or comments because I want people to know how grateful I am for their support. At any stage in your career having people support you is huge and they should be aware of the impact they are making on what you are trying to accomplish. It takes nothing now-a-days to like a comment, favorite something on Twitter, or say thank you!
TDG: And social media is a big help in your opinion?
Malynda: Social media is a HUGE help. It’s makes it so easy to connect and interact with people.
There’s really no excuse to not have a relationship with your fans!
TDG: What do you do to stand out from all the rest on social media?
Malynda: I try to do more than just post about myself haha. The point of social media is to also engage. So I like to ask random questions, start discussions or post silly pictures… Then I throw in some self promo in the midst of all that!
TDG: Who is currently on repeat on your iPod or Spotify playlist?
Malynda: Ironically I don’t listen to that much music haha. I LOVE MUSIC but lately I’m been too into trying to watch TV shows and movies and seeing what kind of music is being placed there. But I would say its a mix of oldies, modern, and indie artists. I’ve recently fallen in love with Lianne LaHavas and Meg Mac. They are so talented!
TDG: What’s the best piece of advice you ever got when you started out and you think it would help other aspiring artists/bands?
Malynda: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The worst thing someone can say is no. It’s such a lesson to learn to just throw away your pride and ask for help. No one can get anywhere without someone helping them. I’ve done alot on my own and I work very hard but I know when I need to ask for help!
TDG: You’ve dropped your awesome new album yesterday, but what else can we expect of you in the last part of 2015?
Malynda: I’ll definitely be involved in some more film projects, I have several shows lined up and some Christmas shows as well which will be fun. Every Monday I’m doing new cover videos for a Youtube series I started at the beginning of the year called #ChartToppers, so people can look out for that and subscribe to my channel 🙂
TDG: Got any last words of wisdom you wanna lay down on us before we wrap this up?
Malynda: Never let anyone deter you from pursuing your ambitions. If you work hard, have a plan, and believe in yourself anything is possible!