With her Fender Stratocaster flipped upside down, acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Malina Moye boasts an impressive resume, having shared stages with artists as Prince, Robin Thicke, Boys ll Men and Pinetop Perkins, to name only a few. With an electrifying stage show, Moye and her band deliver an intoxicating fusion of R&B, rock and soul.
Moye is without question the first left-handed African-American female guitarist to be a Fender endorsee, and she appears in 2007 U.K. documentary Strat Masters: The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told.
Moye was born into a musical family and has sang, played guitar and written songs since age nine. At 12 she began performing professionally as lead singer in family R&B group Les Moye Ice. With Moye fronting, the group went on to play more than 1,000 club dates worldwide. After being on Sony’s writing team for two years, she independently released her first R&B single “Girlfriend,” in 2003 through her own WCE Records. The song earned solid reviews and a number 43 slot on Billboard magazine’s R&B/hip-hop chart. Second single “Alone” followed in 2004 and peaked at number nine on the same chart during a 32-week stay.
Moye’s humanitarian efforts include serving as an ambassador for Prince Charles’ Prince’s Trust, for which she donated her single “Hustler’s Blues” to the Wilberforce 200 compilation CD, one of the fastest-selling soul CDs on iTunes U.K. and with all proceeds going to the Prince’s Trust and to UNICEF.
Moye’s 2009 album Diamonds and Guitars is a testament to her distinctive talent—with an appealing undertone of hip/hop grooves, sassy vocals and neo-soul.