Malia Grace is a soul singer and songwriter new to the Austin music scene. Though she’s been singing her entire life and writing music since age 13, she just recently started releasing her music. JamFeed was lucky enough to sit down with her last Wednesday at a Central Market in Austin to talk music and life.
Malia entered the market wearing black pants and rocking a black leather coat – showing that her style has something different to bring to the table. Although raised in Austin, where she was able to soak in its music culture, Malia was quick to say, “This city is very focused on folk and indie rock, which is a great sound… but it doesn’t have much within my genre.”
When asked to describe her sound Malia says, “it’s not party music,” furthering her unique position in Austin’s lively music scene. “My kind of music is introspective,” she continued, citing influences from soul legends Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. “When I have free time, I’m listening to soul music.”
Her sound definitely shows it. One of her SoundCloud demos, “The Last Time,” showcases her deep-rooted emotion through her voice and piano keys. The piano is a vital part of Malia’s music. “My parent’s piano is where I started writing and still am writing.” With similarities to Adele and Amy Winehouse, Malia Grace’s music creates an experience of what humanity sounds like.
It has been past experiences in large part that have allowed her to sing with such soul. When asked how first getting into music, she says, “When I was born, doctors believed that I couldn’t hear anything.” But 18 months later, “the piano tuner came over and started playing notes and I was singing them back.” After this feat, Malia continued to challenge herself in new areas, like proficient Chinese, which she believes has “made [her] smarter.” After fearlessly facing these obstacles, Malia Grace is ready to bring her name and style into the music world.
If you’re in town for SXSW, you can check out Malia Grace at her official showcase at Stephen F’s bar tonight, March 18, where she’ll be performing from 8:00 to 8:40 PM.
Follow Malia Grace on JamFeed for more details on upcoming shows and new releases! And if you like what you hear, be sure to contribute to her crowd-funding campaign to help bring her new EP to full album status: