It’s no secret that the world of country music tends to be a bit more obscure around the majority of the globe. Although the genre has many talented artists, it’s not often you find someone who could mention more than a handful of its stars.
Take one listen to Nashville by way of Cave Creek, Arizona songstress Daisy Mallory and I am pretty sure you will never forget her name. I had the pleasure of talking to the lovely Miss Mallory via Skype recently, here’s how it went.
Brandon Enyeart: You’re living in Nashville now, but you’re originally from Arizona. Give us kind of a Cliff’s Notes version of your young – well you’re still young – but your young life.
Daisy Mallory: I’m so old! *laughs*
BE: Very young compared to me! *laughs* So there ya go.
DM: I am originally from Cave Creek, Arizona. Music was always a hobby for me. I would see people playing guitar and singing. I just always thought it was really cool and it just came naturally to me. I never really thought of it as a career. It was just really instinctive for me to pick up a guitar and write songs.
I always loved poetry and writing essays in school. I just put everything together and it kind of happened naturally. Once I got older, I realized people do this for a living. There are songwriters in Nashville and I had no idea! So once I knew that, I knew that this is what I wanted to do.
BE: You got your first start on a Hurricane Katrina relief concert, is that right?
BE: That seems like an inspirational, but kind of intense situation to start your career?
DM: I felt like I was going to die. I felt like I was going to throw up. It was one of those days I was really frustrated, I was like, “Mom, I’m not doing this!” I was twelve and have always had stage fright. When I was really little, I was into sports and dance and I could never do the game days or get on stage. Funny enough, now I’m totally comfortable.
It came about because there was this place I would go to for open mic and they had this relief benefit concert. One of the girls that was playing said I should do a few songs, it would be really simple. So I put my big girl pants on and agreed. What helped the most was that the crowd was really supportive. They had signs for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and everyone was there for a reason. It was nice because the spotlight wasn’t on me and I was able to just casually pop up on stage for a few songs in support of all these people. I think they raised about $20,000 or something like that. It was nice because it wasn’t all about me because I was terrified.
BE: What made you decide to go down the country route?
DM: That was also very natural choice, as it is one of my favorite genres. I grew up in a country household with a small family. My dad’s side is humongous and they are all out in Ohio. I would go out to the farm every summer and country was always what we would listen to.
BE: You also do a few covers of pop bands. In fact you take on quite a few different styles in your covers. What are you listening to the most right now?
DM: Oh gosh, I’m all over the place! I’ve been listening to a lot of Need To Breathe and Andy Grammer. I listen to a lot of pop but I always come back to country no matter what.
BE: I can totally relate to that. I’m not sure if you watch The Voice, but Blake Shelton is a judge on it and he seems to have this huge spectrum that he works with. It’s great to see that. Now…I also want to talk about an alter ego in the Maroon 5 cover you did, Little Red…
DM: Oh my goodness! *laughs*
BE: Is she going to make an appearance again in the future? How did she come about?
DM: *laughs* A friend of mine always called me Little Red and we’d pretend we were gangstas’. I would be so not a gangster. See, I just said gangster instead of gangsta’. He would always try to pull me in that direction, so he started calling me Little Red. I was getting cover requests and someone said to do Maroon 5 and he was like, “Yeah, you can do the rap part!” And I just put the two together and recorded it in a day. I don’t know if she’ll come back, but she’s there…
BE: Well, you pulled it off! That’s insanely hard, by the way, you even censored yourself which is incredibly hard in a rap. Total props there!
DM: Thanks! *laughs*
BE: You have your EP, Six String, but I did see a new song which you released a video for called, “Tip of My Tongue”, which is a great song. For people who are just getting to know you, when was the EP released and when might we see some new music from you?
DM: Six String was released in November or December of last year so it’s been a little while. I do throw out new music up on YouTube, but I just got out of studio and I recorded five brand new songs that I’m really stoked about.
Right now, were just debating on what to do with them. We are going to start shopping labels soon and regardless of what happens with that, I might put out a new single or a new EP. It’s all up in the air but I’ve definitely got some new music coming soon.
BE: You also met Muhammad Ali, right? As well as a few of your music idols? Tell us a little about that.
DM: That was absolutely insane! It was a two or three month span where I was just like, “What is going on right now?!” One of my biggest idols is Reba McEntire. I was with an older manager, still living in Arizona, and I was starting to get out there and doing National Anthem gigs and what not. Muhammad Ali has this charity for Parkinson’s Disease and they have a founders’ club night and then an actual gala. I was asked to play at the founders’ club night. It was short and sweet, only three songs – they had a house band.
Reba McEntire was singing, Kris Kristofferson was playing and it was just a quaint party. All these huge people were there and I was just humbled to be in the same room. What was crazy was, I’ve met famous people and idols before and I’ve never really been starstruck, but when I saw Reba, it was in the most inconvenient time. I turned around to see if my parents were behind me, and there was Reba, right in front of me. At the end of the night, we were all singing “We Are The Champions” and I was walking to the stage, Reba took my hand and pulled me up next to her. I was ready to bawl my eyes out. It was the best night.
BE: I know that you’re in Nashville now but is there a chance well see you on the west coast someday? Do you have a tour planned or are you just concentrating on the studio?
DM: Right now, we’re just trying to find a path in what were doing. I just got my band together and my ultimate goal is to go and tour, travel and meet as many people as I can and play as many places as I can. I’m from Arizona, so I definitely want to go back and just go everywhere. Fingers crossed that that will be very soon!
BE: What do you have planned for 2013? Any immediate plans or just getting things organized?
DM: I’m just getting this organized. I definitely want to release new music. I don’t want to just sit on it. Regardless of what happens in the coming months, I want to release the new songs either as singles or an EP. I definitely want to get on the road. I did some festivals this summer and I would love to do more of that next summer. Hitting the road and getting out new music is my main goal.
Pick up Six String by Daisy Mallory on iTunes now!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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