The intimacy of this writing ritual provided the setting for Malone
to venture into a songwriter's most vulnerable territory, the shadowy recesses of envy, regrets, and straight up admissions of failure.
Now here's Malone's hat trick, in realizing "it's too damn bad I can't be anyone but myself," she
redeems every false move, every false start, every horrible, no good very bad day.
Even better, she
makes it sound like the best wild night out you've ever had and then pushes it further, breaking right on through into Day 2
"When there's nothing left to hold on to, got to break down to break through," she
croons in "Day 2,
" the album's title track.
, the record, is the soundtrack of a woman's heart finally cracking open, open so wide that any light hidden by the sutures of past heartbreaks finally shines through and illuminates the present.
Grammy Nominee Shawn Mullins, producer of Day 2
and long time friend of Malone
, struck the perfect balance of grit and gossamer, making the record sound simultaneously raucous and ethereal.
Shawn took note of Malone's connection to Day 2's
material right away saying, "One of the first things I noticed about Michelle
in the studio, is how deep she goes into 'the zone,' as some folks call it…Most good guitar players, even, find it uncomfortable and sometimes take a while before they find their groove, so to speak.
But with Michelle
, you just sit back, open your ears, and hold on!"
After much blood shed and sibling battles waged, Michelle Malone
finally got her
own guitar and she
hasn't been without one since.
mastery of the guitar, her
trademark voice, and her
songwriting craft have won her
critical acclaim and numerous awards over the years including: best album (Atlanta magazine), 2 time best acoustic guitarist (Creative Loafing, IAC), and 5 time female vocalist of the year (Creative Loafing), Best Blues Guitarist (IAC.com).
has played every state in the Union and toured all over the world but for the past few years she's
called a tiny town in rural Alabama home.
Living in a place reminiscent of Andy Griffith's Mayberry, where neighbors literally showed up on her doorstep with freshly baked pies, Malone
spent her down time from touring on her porch swing watching the world go by.
Armed with a bottleneck slide, blues harmonica, and her signature soul-filled vocals, Michelle Malone was born in the Deep South and grew up listening to her mother sing in the church choir every Sunday.
When it came time to craft her
own sound, she
took those religious roots, blended in enough rock, folk, and blues to satisfy.
Michelle Malone is an American award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist in the Southern Rock, folk, blues and Americana genres.