On May 20th Malaya went into the studios of The UK Americana Bar TV Show with a group of great musicians to record live versions of Heartsick and Colourblind. We had a fun time with host Sam Millar and his team throughout an interview and a few fun filled sketches. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter. Everybody's smiling a little bit more....yes, Spring is here and that means it's time for the feel good factor to gain even more sparkle with a new Malaya Blue release. Never one to let her fans down Malaya delivers right on time with a twin track recording ( I've Reached) The Corner coupled with The Letter.
Always looking to surprise and push the envelope (rather aptly), The Letter sees Malaya recording a cover for the very first time and she turns the Box Tops original into her own sexy contemporary version with the help of some of London's most respected session players. (I've Reached) The Corner continues her undisputed progression into a songwriter of depth, vision and pure class. Recorded with members of her regular live unit this gospel tinged blues touches the soul with it's heart felt lyrics and classy playing.
If the warm reception both tracks received at the jam packed launch recently at the iconic Bulls Head venue in London is any indication both are going to become firm favourites live with die hard and new fans alike.
Released initially as a digital only download it will be available from all of the normal platforms.
Malaya Blue: All vocals
(I've Reached) The Corner
Robin Boult; Guitar
Stuart Uren; Bass
Andrew McGuinness; Drums
Graham Pettican; Keyboards
Mete Ege; Guitar
Chicco Allotta; Keyboards
Nick Marangoni; Drums
Cem Tuneer; Bass
plus The Hoxton Horns
James Lawrence; Trombone
Bodo Maier; Trumpet
Malaya Blue are kick starting our live outings for 2017 in style at the iconic jazz and blues venue The Bulls Head in Barnes London on Friday March 3rd. The show will also serve as the launch of a brand new double track release and features the incredible musicians who performed on Heartsick.
Here's what the Bulls Head says, '' Friday 3rd – Malaya Blue New Single Launch: Malaya burst onto the live circuit in 2015 following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, “Bourbon Street”, her powerful stage presence soon winning audiences at major venues and festivals everywhere, including the Great Rock & Blues Festival, Birmingham International and Colne. Along the way, Malaya was nominated for awards in no less than four different categories by the British Blues Association, best female best vocalist, best track, “Bitter Moon”, best album and best emerging artist, an unprecedented feat for an unknown. 2016 saw Malaya back in the studio recording a follow-up album along with some of the cream of British Blues musicians; Dudley Ross, guitar, (Kirk Fletcher, Lisa Mann), Paul Jobson, keys, (Blue Tones, Joss Stone), Stuart Uren, bass, (Stray, Blue Devils) & Andrew McGuiness, drums, (Temptations, Alexander 0’Neil). The resultant album, “Heartsick” has received even higher praise than her debut album, with widespread national and international print and online media acclaim, regular radio play on Radio 2 and other UK based British blues broadcasters and on stations across the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, South America and most of Europe. This very special show at the Bull’s Head will see Malaya performing with the same red-hot players who featured on “Heartsick”. 8.30pm Tickets £11 in advance & £13 on the door ''
We had the best possible finale to 2016 supporting the legendary Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at Norwich Waterfront in front of a packed appreciative crowd. It was floor to ceiling glitz and glam, and a vocal extravaganza. Onwards and upwards now to 2017!!
What an amazing time we had taking part in both sold out nights at Cranleigh Arts Centre supporting Paul Jones in his annual charity fundraising event. Malaya and the Heartsick band performed on both nights and the guys were the main house band throughout. As a bonus Malaya got to duet with Shakin' Stevens on the second night.
What an honour to share the bill with Shakin' Stevens, Janiva Magness, Noel McCalla, Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero, Catfish and of course Paul Jones himself.
Photo by Rob Blackham.
The Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas have just announced 10 special Christmas Dates in the UK throughout December. We are very proud that Malaya Blue has been hand picked to support Martha at the penultimate date at The Waterfront Norwich on Sunday 18th December. Tickets are £22.50 and will be available shortly direct from malayablue.com with no booking fee.
We are thrilled to be sharing a stage with such an iconic act who recorded tracks like Dancing In The Street, Heat Wave and Jimmy Mack to name only a few.
Thrilled to get such an in depth and positive review of Heartsick in the latest edition of highly respected USA based magazine Blues Blast written by rex Bartholomew. Thank you guys so much.
Looking forward to playing a rare home gig at this celebration of Women In Blues at the fast growing Fine City Blues Festival at the rather wonderful, Award Winning Norwich Arts Centre. Tickets in advance from https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/fine-city-blues-women-blues/?spektrix_bounce=true
or pay on the door.
What an amazing weekend performing at Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival on Friday night, finishing up at the lovely Anima Jazz Bar in Warrington on Sunday. The highlight though has to be playing at the world famous Maryport Blues Festival in Cumbria and being joined onstage by none other than Paul Jones who played harp on Let's Reinvent Love and Hunny Little Daydream. What a thrill....thank you so much Mr Jones xx
Thanks to Dave McManus for the photo.
Thank you Norman Darwin and R2 Magazine for this great 'Insight' article in the new July / August issue of the magazine. It was fun being interviewed and thanks too for the lovely Heartsick review.
What a memorable night performing at the lovely Limelight Theatre in Aylesbury on Friday 15th July.
It always means so much to receive unsolicited feedback from members of the audience, especially such glowing praise for everyone up on stage. Here's a small selection:
' fabulous voice and superb stage presence'
' loved every single minute, Malaya Blue has an amazing voice and great personality'
'really enjoyed the show, songs from the new album and the debut'
'what a great show - all such wonderful musicians and Malaya was fab, what a voice and great natural rapport with the audience'
' a pocket dynamo, absolutely brilliant'
' a very enjoyable evening of music. From the first song it was clear we were in for a treat. Always a sign of a good gig when it seems to have finished too early, but the clock says otherwise'
'great, great band fronted up by one of the best female singers I've ever witnessed.'
Thank you all so much. Please come along to our upcoming festival appearances at Uckfield, Maryport & Cambridge and not forgetting The Anima Jazz Bar in Warrington.
Thanks to Laurence Harvey for the photograph.
After a short break to promote Heartsick we are back playing live at some lovely locations in the second half of July. Please come and see us and say hello.
Kicking off at The Limelight Theatre in Aylesbury on Friday July 15th, selling well but tickets still available.
Then Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival on Friday 29th at Uckfield Civic Hall before a crazy day on Sunday 31st travelling all the way to Cumbria to appear on the Main Stage at Maryport Blues Festival in the afternoon, heading back as far as Warrington, Cheshire to perform in the evening at the wonderful new Anima Jazz Bar.
A massive thank you to all the wonderful venues and their staff who have hosted us in 2015 ! it could not be done without the time and effort that goes into the Live Scene, a big thank you to the sound engineers, the coffee makers and the spirit pourers.... for keeping us on the road ! A big thank you to...
Skegness Great British Rock & Blues Festival;
Harbour Rooms Blakeney;
Walnut Tree Shades Norwich;
Seagull Theatre Lowestoft;
The Jazz Cafe Camden;
100 Club Oxford Street;
Uckfield Civic Centre;
The New Crawdaddy Club Billericay;
Blues on the Farm Festival Chichester;
Feathersfest Wymondham (Headline);
Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival;
Apex Theatre Bury St Eds;
Dereham Blues Festival;
The Chambers Folkestone;
The Platform Southampton;
White Cliffs Blues Festival Dover;
Three Horse Shoes Kent;
The Bulls Head Barnes;
Noel Arms Melton Mowbray;
Great British Blues Fest. Colne;
Big Blast Fest. Brighouse (Headline);
Blues in the City. Chelmsford (Headline);
Tuesday Blues Club Coulsdon;
Wrotham Arms Broadstairs;
European Blues Challenge ( Boom Boom Club);
Pizza Express Music Lounge Maidstone;