Earlier this year, Hale’s single Falling, written as a tribute to Leelah Acorn, landed her a top-10 finalist position in GRAMMY Amplifier—a competition sponsored by The Recording Academy and Hyundai, and curated by the likes of GRAMMY winners and nominees such as Big Sean, Lzzy Hale, and Sam Hunt.
The newest record, Pieces of Me, is Hale’s 4th studio album; produced by Kevin Porter of Flashgrove Music and Darren “BabyDeeBeats” Smith, it has been described in reviews as her most personal one yet. In a chat with Gighive, Hale opened up about what she’s learned on her musical journey so far, and dropped us a few hints on what to expect for her upcoming stop at the 616.
“When I made my first album, I had no knowledge of actual music business,” she told us. “I knew nothing about promotion and getting reviewed; instead, I simply wanted to put out music to start getting my name out there. With the first album I didn’t take time to really make it as good as it could’ve been. I was over eager.”
With four studio albums now under her belt, her approach has changed. “I think taking the time to make something good is worth it,” she said, “because it’s always a good idea to put your best foot forward.”
Hale will be playing a string of dates across California in June before making her way to Kenosha on July 2nd. “I’m absolutely excited about it!” she said about her show at the 616. “I love performing in general. The last time I was there I brought a full band but I’m going to be performing acoustically this time to really focus on connecting with the audience and telling the story of my songs. I can’t wait!”
“I just really like to stay busy,” she said. “I can’t sit still. I’m very passionate about a lot of things. But everything for me leads back to my music career. I don’t have multi-goal syndrome. If I had to pick one thing to do forever it would be to sing my music and share that with the world. I’ve always done acting because I grew up doing theatre but I got involved in TV, film and commercial because the opportunities started to present themselves. If I can gain a fan through another platform and guide them back to my music, I will absolutely do that.”
A vocal supporter and advocate for numerous causes, such as the Black Lives Matter movement and LGBT rights, Hale is also a strict vegan and the founder of the meToo! Campaign, a platform set up to help the fight against the marginalization of same-sex and interracial couples.
“I think when you have a voice and that people listen to you, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use it for good,” she said about her involvement in these causes. “I’ve never been afraid to speak out about what I believe in—and it’s actually riskier for me to do it right now because my career is still starting. But when you have a platform and an opportunity to help other people and bring awareness to issues that are important, I think it’s your duty to give back in that way because you have been awarded a privilege of being in the spotlight.”
Malynda Hale will be at the 616 on Saturday, July 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8. In the meantime, check out her website www.malyndahale.com Malynda Hale for news, more tour dates, and links to her music.
GiGhive’s 616 Music Venue opens its doors to a wide array of music styles, genres and unique music performances, but its primary function is to become the home and popular touring destination for the many artists from all over the world that are linked with the GiGhive Independent Artists Online Brand and Network. We hope that Malynda Hale will be the first of many who will bring their best performance to the 616 stage.