How have the Arts impacted your life?
The arts have influenced me since I can remember. Music was my first love. I've sang since I was four, danced every genre that's made its way to the U.S. over the course of 14 years, and I'm fascinated by other art forms, whether visual, performing, or literary. They excite me as well as calm me, and they are the driving force behind my passion and career.
At what point did you know that you had what it took to record music?
I've always been driven and when I was little, I had a very specific vision. There were other careers that interested me, but even then I knew I was supposed to be on a stage. As I got older and developed, I realized that singing and performing comes extremely easy to me. So much so that It's easier for me to perform than it is for me to have a conversation with someone. Then, as I started encountering my own struggles in life, I lost confidence in myself and my dream. But somehow, I'd always come back to music and the way people seem to be touched by my gift. The vision, the drive, and the blessing to be able to touch people make me believe I have no choice but to record music.
Who is your favorite female vocalist and why?
If we're basing it strictly on vocals, I would have to say my current favorite is H.E.R. Her voice is like butter and she seems to maneuver it so effortlessly.
What is the most difficult aspect in being a recording artist?
I would have to say the most difficult aspect is building a solid foundation financially and support-wise. In today's entertainment climate, people don't pay attention to you until you've already been paid attention to tens or hundreds of thousands of times.
What advice can you give someone who seeks to be a professional recording artist?
Don't wait. I sincerely believe in quality over quantity, so I'm not saying to dive in and create a lot of half-decent content, but do something. Build your resume and your library so that you have something to show and use when leveraging your brand.
What does success look like to you?
In general, success is hitting goals. When I break it down, it looks different on each level. Overall career success may mean being financially stable, making money doing what I love. But, if I've set a goal of releasing my next single, and I do so, that's success too, just on a smaller scale.
What's next for Mallory?
I'm so excited to release the official music video for my latest single, "Fantasy" on April 20th. After that, you can look for my EP, RFLXN., pronounced "reflection."
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