The Austin, TX native’s new single “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool” is a fun way to start the week! — From "The Tonight Show Featuring Jimmy Fallon" Tumblr
Award winning songwriter, Malia Grace’s first single, Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool, made headlines when it was exclusively released with good word by Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show in September 2015, followed by strong reviews in Vinyl magazine and elsewhere. Malia is set to release a new EP along with a few singles, including The One, Malia Grace’s oft-requested song that is a favorite at local weddings. In the new music, Malia’s songwriting reveals a more vulnerable yet strong side of herself with titles such as the soulful It Hurts Anyway, Fires Burning, and Lonely For Too Long. Just off a 30-city tour as music director, keys player, and background vocalist for American Idol 2016 finalist, Dalton Rapattoni, Malia and Dalton opened for multi-platinum group Blue October, playing for a crowd of 3,500 people. As a solo artist, Malia Grace has showcased for packed houses at SXSW and CMJ in NYC. Malia was also awarded a Songwriter of the Year award. When Malia is not doing secular music, she helps lead worship at Riverbend Church with Austin legend, Casey McPherson, from Alpha Rev.
Reviews have described Malia's debut EP as “nothing short of amazing” with an “infusion of pop melodies with country guitar licks” that “pairs perfectly with her sultry and soulful vocals” (Talk Nerdy with Us; Eat Sleep Breathe Music). In fact, one reviewer even exclaimed, “my only complaint about this [EP] is that there aren’t more songs” (Talk Nerdy with Us).
Recently, Malia graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Music Business and Business Foundations. After graduating, Malia chose to pursue her passion for songwriting full-time rather than go on to grad school or accepting tempting offers in the business world. Credited by fellow musicians and mentors with an amazing ear for music and excellent pitch, Malia attributes much of these gifts to her efforts to overcome what doctors thought to be profound hearing loss as an infant and toddler. She focuses on bettering her craft daily and hopes to give listeners a cathartic experience with her music. She endeavors to inspire audience members to walk away learning something new about themselves and feeling more confident as a result.