Holly Stephey Talkes to MALEA McGUINNESS

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MALEA McGUINNESS’ remarkable story is told through her music, with a world-class voice that has been heard on Broadway and in operas, and now the singer-songwriter brings the songs on her new album CLOSE AS AIR to life. Throughout, her warm, sensual vocals take flight in an array of tunes reflecting her pop, rock and country influences. She recorded her debut album TRUE BELIEVER with producer Scott Hackwith (Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, The Ramones), . The first single, “Deeper,” hit #16 on influential radio tip sheet Friday Morning Quarterback’s AC40 chart, while the follow-up “Sweet Light” was Most Added. Malea’s 2nd Studio Album Close As Air produced by Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow) and Michael Patterson ( Jennifer Lopez & Beck), 1st Single “Spinning” is currently being played on National AAA Radio. Malea Directed this Video which is currently being played on MTV and other Media Outlets. She recently opened for Shawn Colvin & Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Malea had a Summer Tour with Kenny Loggins before returning to the Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee, performing in front of 10,000+ fans opening for The Counting Crows. The songs on CLOSE AS AIR, such as the title track–which pays tribute to one of her close friends and personal musical mentors–represent a longing for closeness and the kind of extended family MALEA feels she missed out on as a child, a community that has formed on the Internet. Malea rocks out on her current single “Spinning” currently being played on national radio. She empowers her listeners to keep their identities in a world that is “spinning so fast/we don’t know if this will last/ we’re holding our ground/don’t give up now/though it’s hard to be somehow.” “I hope my music touches people, and lifts them up” she says. “The world would be a very sad place without music.”

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