So when a Northern Irish lad packed his guitar and headed off to try his luck at living the dream in America, little did he know that he would be mixing with legends of Nashville and the East Coast pop music scene.
However, this songsmith warrior with his unassuming air of mystery from the northern shores of Ireland did just that upon landing in Boston. Finding much inspiration in the New England air, he rapidly wrote a collection of amazing songs and proceeded into the studio under the banner of MALIN with some of the most talented musicians the US can muster - credits with the likes of John Mayer, Blind Boys of Alabama, Badfinger, John Oates, Brad Paisley, Shawn Mullins and Gin Blossoms. Upon hearing the results, it was no surprise he ended up in Nashville with multiple Grammy winning engineers Joe Baldridge [Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban] and Richard Dodd [Tom Petty, George Harrison, Green Day, Wilco, Melissa Etheridge] jumping on board to work with this inspiring talent.
“It may be a cliché, but music is my life - it delights me inside, makes me happy and I feel incredibly grateful to be able to call this my job”
The resulting pristine recordings on the new EP Only The Best Ones showcase the depth of emotion that MALIN brings to life in each of the songs.
Effortless pure vocals, catchy hooks and melodies grab you from the beginning of each song. They stick in your head, taking you on a musical journey through the highs and lows of everyday life.
CAUGHT IN YOUR HALO is the first taster track from the EP, having become a firm favourite on a recent tour of Ireland, where he cemented his reputation as a formidable live performer, very much in the style of Bruce Springsteen. The live act can range from 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on venue and audience and is always a non-stop, full on passionate affair.
NOT ABOUT YOU the radio single and Only The Best Ones will be released in the UK early in 2016 and supported by a radio promotional tour with select live gigs. It is a driving, edgy pop track that has radio hit written all over it.
So at the moment there is a little mystery surrounding MALIN - who is he, where has he come from, why haven’t we heard of him before... well, the answers are coming soon... as he says:
“I’ve put down my hopes, dreams and fears in to every track, so now it’s all about the music connecting with your soul”