Even after touring consistently for 10 years Atlanta-based musician Michelle Malone has no plans to slow down. Michelle MaloneAtlanta-based musician Michelle Malone says she feels connected to her fans and that's a 'great thing.'
...EVEN AFTER TOURING consistently for 10 years, signing and breaking record contracts with major labels, developing a strong fan base and founding her own independent label, Atlanta-based musician Michelle Malone has no plans on slowing down anytime soon.Malone
has a new album and a video in the works and has begun touring again in support of her
2001 release, "Hello Out There," with stops in the Washington, D.C. area.
debut album, "New Experience," in 1988, Malone
landed a deal with Arista Records and recorded 1990's "Relentless" on that label.After battling with corporate execs over artistic freedom and seeing life through the corporate music industry lens, Malone founded SBS Records and became her own advocate.
does all the work to get her
music to her
many fans across the country, including selling CDs through her
Web site and at her
shows, touring six months out of the year, and even handing out fliers to her
own shows.But it is in this capacity that Malone
feels the most comfortable.
"I think outside the box.… It works for me to do things my own way - I see it as a journey," Malone
says."I would much rather do this than betray myself and buy into the corporate music industry.I've never been that type of artist.I tried that.It didn't work for me." Malone
admits that her
way of doing things is much harder and takes more time, which she
says comes through on "Hello Out There."During recording, she
was on the road touring and taking breaks just to record in the studio.She
said the recording translates how she
was feeling at the time.She
calls the recording "restless and angry."
"I was feeling disconnected from my home and family and friends," she
recalls."I was working so hard for something and not feeling like [I'd] achieved anything."
MALONE SAYS MOST of the tracks on the CD are acoustic-based and different from anything she
had done previously.She
added that she
wanted to push herself farther than before and tried a different approach to production.Emily Sailers, one half of the Indigo Girls duo, joined Malone
on the album to record "Sleepy Sunday Morning," a folk song.
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Having been at home and around family and friends for the past few months, Malone
said the most recent songs that she
has written feel "very positive and uplifting."She
feels more "grounded" and is ready to get back on the road to play some of her
new songs, along with her
will also be releasing a live recording to come out soon. In addition to her own endeavors, Malone returned Sailers the favor by joining the Indigo Girls on the forthcoming album, "Become You," due out in March.
has recorded and toured with the Indigo Girls
for 15 years and considers Sailers and Amy Ray good friends.
..."It was great," Malone says of working with the Indigo Girls.
"They are part of the fabric of my life.They are friends that make you feel warm and fuzzy."
In the end, Malone
says that it is her
fans that keep her
"We always try to keep in touch with our fans.They always send me amazing e-mails," Malone
says, adding that the words of encouragement help her
get through the tough times."I am really appreciative of those folks.… I feel connected to my fans.It's a great thing."