Official Biography (courtesy of Malina Moye)
Flipping a Fender Stratocaster upside-down, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter/lefty guitarist Malina Moye is a bona fide quadruple threat who has carved out her own lane, with distinctive talent that has her poised to fill a void in the entertainment industry. Moye has come a long way in such a short time. Her music history boasts an impressive resume having performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shared stages with and supported such multi-platinum, Grammy-Award-winning artists as the iconic Prince, Robin Thicke, and blues pioneer Pinetop Perkins to name a few.
With an electrifying stage show, Malina and her band deliver an intoxicating fusion of R&B, Rock and Soul. The "Diamonds & Guitars" record is a testament to organic music that fuses Malina's own signature wah-esque style with the undertone of hip/hop grooves, sassy vocals, and neo-soul, all while preserving its mainstream appeal.
Among the new generation of lead guitarists, Malina is the first African American left-handed, female guitarist to be included on the legendary guitar maker's impressive roster of endorsees, and was featured in the UK documentary "Stratmaster: The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told." Her guitar prowess earned her an invite to perform at The Robert Johnson Festival and UK's "Blues and Soul Magazine" touted Malina as having "...all the ingredients to shake the modern soul room."
After being on Sony's writing team for two years, Moye independently released her first R&B single "Girlfriend" in 2003 through her WCE Records to great reviews and a number 43 slot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard chart. Then Malina followed-up in 2004 with her second single "Alone," which remained on the charts for 32 consecutive weeks. "Alone" peaked at no 9 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and at number 27 on the hot 100.
Malina's humanitarian efforts garnered the soul siren the Key to the City and her own day in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio, as she also serves as an ambassador for European Royal, Prince Charles' Prince's Trust. With the donation of her single "Hustler's Blues" to the Wilberforce 200 compilation CD in the company of Britain's soul imports. The compilation went on to be one of the fastest selling soul CD's on iTunes UK with all proceeds going to the Trust and UNICEF.
Born into an acclaimed musical family, Moye has been singing, playing guitar, and songwriting since she was 9-years-old. At the age of 12, she hit the stage and began performing professionally as the lead singer in the accomplished family R&B group Les Moye Ice. With Malina in front of the band, the group went on to play over 1,000 club dates worldwide.
Cover girl Malina Moye continues to build a brand name globally, appearing in campaigns like Victoria Secret's "Life is Pink " amongst other retail powerhouses.
Her highly anticipated LP "Diamonds and Guitars" is an amalgamation of collective throwback with a contemporary edge. "I feel our country has made a change," states Moye. "It's the little engine that could, and music is going back to the basic fundamentals of good song-writing, true artistry and thinking outside the box; that's how the artists before me existed."
Without question, Malina Moye is here to stay.