Mitch Malloy Biography
Mitch's gift was discovered at the tender age of six, when a first grade teacher noticed that his voice stood apart from the rest of the class. He was assigned the lead solo in every school music concert thereafter. As a young boy, he was called by the church to do a solo in the choir, as the church women needed some assistance in hitting a few high notes. For the young Malloy, this was no problem. "After one service, my dad told me that my voice reminded him of the Vienna Boys' Choir!" Mitch recalls that moment fondly, and attributes much of his success to the unwavering support of his family.
At 12 years old, he picked up his sister's guitar and never turned back. He formed a band with his school buddies, learning songs by the most popular acts at the time: Cheap Trick, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Heart and others. Mitch recalls, "From the very beginning, being on stage felt natural to me. These bands were a great influence. The thrill I got from hearing and feeling my guitar through an amp made it so clear to me that music was definitely what I wanted to do for the rest of my life."
After graduation, feeling some pressure from his father to pursue college and a career, Mitch applied and was accepted to the Cornish Institute of Allied Arts in Seattle. His teachers immediately noticed something unique about Mitch's talent. After a year, they convinced him to take his vocal and performing talents away from school and to launch headfirst into the music business. He hated school, didn't need much encouragement, and was excited about pursuing his goal to become a rock star.
Mitch went home, worked a job long enough to save up for a VW bus, and moved to New York.
After years of searching in the big city, he hooked up with a well-known rock manager, and now V2 Records President, Richard Sanders. After many months of challenging Mitch to see if he had what it takes, Sanders took him on as an artist, taught him the ropes of the business, and eventually secured a deal with RCA/BMG in New York. Mitch recorded his first record in Los Angeles with producer Sir Arthur Payson, entitled simply Mitch Malloy. The record sold over 100,000 units, generated two top 20 singles, landed Mitch a spot on "The Tonight Show" and produced a video with the hit "Anything at All" which was played on MTV Europe and is now on VH-1 Europe. The second record, entitled Ceilings & Walls, produced by Christopher Neal, took a mellower approach, (the record company's idea), to break Mitch as an Adult Contemporary artist. "When I questioned this, I was told that I had no say in the matter," Mitch says, "so I gave it my best." Mitch sang a duet on the record with Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics), and Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike and the Mechanics), played some guitar. He also teamed up with songwriters Dennis Morgan, Mike Reid and Mac McAnally. Ceilings & Walls also had the top 20 hit, "Tumbling Down" and is still highly sought after by fans worldwide.
Mitch moved from New York to Nashville to write songs under a publishing contract with Chrysalis Music. After writing with the top songwriters in town, Mitch is now recording a rock album. "I feel like I'm in the best place I've ever been, musically and otherwise ... I have never been so excited about my music!"