Mallary Hope’s “Love Lives On” hit radio on Aug. 3. And since then, we’ve been hearing it a lot. It’s probably not the best song I’ve ever heard. But that’s not saying I don’t like it. In fact, I like the song a lot. And I like Mallary’s voice. I’m not sure she’ll ever reach the level of a Taylor Swift or a Jennifer Nettles, but she’s definitely good, and I can certainly see her opening for some of country music’s biggest stars.
She was born in Georgia, and says she has loved country music as a kid. I believe she’s more than just one of the many, many pretty female singers out there trying to make it in country music. I think her vocals are better than some of the female singers who are doing better than pretty well in country music these days. And I’m really looking forward to seeing her in Bristol on Friday night, Oct. 2. This will be an acoustic performance, in a rather small theater (seating for 756). So I’m sure it will be a great show.
Here’s what CMT had to say about Mallary and her song: “Mallary Hope is an up-and-coming singer who recently released her debut three-song EP, which is available now in digital format. She has a beautifully soothing voice and uses it to its full effect on "Love Lives On," bringing all the sadness out of the song she wrote for her sister and anyone else who has a spouse in the military. When her sister became pregnant just before her husband left for an 18 month tour in Iraq, Hope asked if it had been planned, since the possibility of raising a child alone seemed daunting. Her sister answered, "Being married to a serviceman, you have to always be ready for the worst. If anything should happen to him in Iraq, at least I would have the baby to remember him by, and that would make it easier." Try not to get choked up as you watch her sing of a lost love — the story line takes a powerful turn toward the end.” You can watch the video on CMT’s site.
I know she will be in Bristol on Oct. 2, cause I’ll be there, too. But other than that, I had a real problem figuring out where she’s going next, because her tour schedule on her web site seems more like a “where I’ve been” page rather than a “where I’m going” schedule. The last thing it has listed is for July 30. I do like the little map though, that shows us where she’s been, and when, and offers photos from those shows when you click on the flags on the map.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get more information about Mallary for you all soon. I think she’s definitely worth keeping our eye on. She’s pretty, talented, and has a good first song on the radio. It will be interesting to see where she goes from here.
I know I’ll have a lot more to say about Mallary after I see her on Friday, and Easton Corbin as well.
I’ll talk to you all soon. Write when you get a minute!