LOS ANGELES, CA. (Top40 Charts/ All Edge Productions) - Before she even finished her degree in Opera Performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Malea
McGuinness (www.maleamusic.com) was knockin' ‘em dead as a lead in The King And I on Broadway for eight shows a week after a few years of modeling and doing TV commercials.
Everyone thought she was crazy when she left what seemed like a dream life, packed up and left New York for L.A. in search of her true path as an artist.
Fortunately, as the inspiring title of her independently released debut album happily lets us know, McGuinness is a True Believer in herself and her multitude of composing and performing talents.
Earlier in the fall, 'Deeper,' the seductive first single from True Believer, hit No 16 on FMQB's star-studded AC40 Chart, and her current release, the jangling pop delight 'Sweet Light' was the most added song to the chart in its first week and debuted at No 27, ahead of Bon Jovi and Celine Dion.
Songs from True Believer—which was produced by Scott Hackwith, who has worked in the past with legendary artists like The Ramones, and Iggy Pop-have been in rotation on XM Satellite Radio and have been featured on AAA stations across the country; she's also attracted over 20,000 friends so far on MySpace (www.myspace.com/maleamcg).
For someone who describes herself as an introvert, McGuinness has been connecting with audiences everywhere in a huge way. Last July at the 40th Annual Summerfest Music Festival in Milwaukee—an event which attracts over a million music lovers over the course of two weeks—she made history as the first Korean American to ever play the event as the lead singer of her own band.
In her adopted hometown of Los Angeles, McGuinness has become a regular presence at every hotspot imaginable—The Viper Room, The Mint and The Knitting Factory, among others. She's also performing at The Key Club on November 17 after the premiere of her video. In its review of one of her shows at the Viper Room, Music Connection Magazine made mention of her 'powerful vocal presence…'