MALAYA BLUE BIOGRAPHY
Malaya Blue is undoubtedly the major breakthrough artist on the UK Blues circuit this year. She was heavily tipped to do just that following her storming sets at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival at Skegness in January and the confirmation is an almost unprecedented four separate nominations from The British Blues Association for their 2015 Awards in the categories of Female Vocalist, Best Album, Blues Song and the Barry Middleton Award for Emerging Artist. In addition Malaya has been named as a contender to represent the UK in the 2016 European Blues Challenge.
Debut album Bourbon Street reached No1 on the British Independent Blues Broadcasters monthly charts and the track Bitter Moon was chosen by The Blues & Soul Show as their track of 2014. The Blues Matters Writers Poll voted Malaya into second spot in their Best Newcomer section.
Recent Double A Side single ‘Hope’ and ‘Let’s Reinvent (Love)’ was recorded at The Grange Studio with Paul Long as producer and has quickly achieved lots of radio airplay including Radio 2 where Malaya fan and legendary presenter Paul Jones closed his show with it.
Although Malaya may be relatively new to the live blues circuit she has many years of recording and studio work under her belt and a truly stunning voice and collection of top class original material. Her live band is made up of Simon Dring (drums) BBA winner in 2010 and formerly with Oli Brown and Billy Walton Band, Dudley Ross on guitar is one of the British Blues scenes most respected performers with a hugely impressive CV, Stuart Uren, most famous as bassist for Stray and many others, Andy Cooper on Hammond who has performed with Todd Sharpeville, Matt Taylor and Earl Green among others and are often joined by Phil Marshall (sax) . Live shows have included guest appearances by some of the country’s most admired musicians including Dudley Ross, Will Johns, Steve Watts, John Altman and Stuart Uren.
Recent media coverage has included full interviews in Blues Matters, Classic Rock Blues, Blues In Britain, R2R magazine and Grapevine Live.
Malaya is working hard on writing the follow up album to Bourbon Street and the early indications are that this will catapult her into a much higher level of recognition with early interest already being shown from Europe and the U.S.A.