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Mallary Hope - Blossom In The Dust
By Rachael Herron
Making her radio debut in 2009 with “Love Lives On,” Mallary Hope left country music fans on the edge of their seats waiting for more. Mallary Hope had done it again with her new single “Blossom in the Dust.” Only 21 years old, Hope has accomplished more than the average young adult. Her sincerity and talent will keep her going for years. Like many great artists before her, Dolly Parton inspired Hope from a young age.
Mallary made her debut in Nashville at age nine. She performed at the world famous Nashville palace where she sang the classics: “Unchained Melody” and “Daddy’s Hands.” “I just knew this is what I wanted to do,” Mallary said.
From there, she wrote her first song and formed her first band at age 12. She began singing at fairs all across the south. By the time she was a junior in high school she was performing in 150 shows a year.
Just before her senior year, he dad made the decision of her career. “He was outside mowing the lawn and came inside and said ‘I feel like God is telling me to move to Nashville,’” Mallary recalls. “I joke about this but little does my dad know I was sneaking into his bedroom at night whispering in his ear ‘This is God you need to move your daughter to Nashville.’”
Upon arrival, Mallary got to work. She immediately landed a song-publishing contract. During this time, she recorded almost 500 demos as a session singer. All her hard work paid off. At 21, she signed with MCA records. The world was introduced to Mallary in 2009 when she released her debut single “Love Lives On.”
Aside from the fame and glamour, Mallary knows who is driving her career. We know them as fans, but she calls them friends. “I really don’t like the word fan, I think it sounds silly,” Mallary says. Mallary keeps in touch with her fan base through her social networks. “A lot of people say I'm addicted to Facebook and twitter.” Mallary checks her Facebook, MySpace and Twitter daily. “I read all of it,” She said, and she responds. She recalls fans responding to her saying, “Is the really you?” and she replies, “Yeah it's me, can’t you tell by all the misspellings?”
“It’s a blessing to hear that the music is touching people is a blessing to me to know we’re doing something positive and actually witness it with the messages.” Mallary said. “I love it. I feel like I have so many friends now that I get to talk to every day.”
After the release of her first single, “Love Lives On,” her fans would send her messages telling her about how the song touched them in the mist of their grief from the loss of a loved one, missing their boyfriend, or going through a divorce. Upon receiving these emails and messages Mallary recalls, “I would stay up til 2 or 3 in the morning crying.” Reacting to the phenomenal response to her music Mallary recalls her parents saying, “Ok I think we made the right move by moving to Nashville.”
After the release of “Blossom in the Dust” her friends send her pictures of themselves holding a rose representing Rose in the song.” I think it’s cool that little girls are doing that.” She admits the steals the pictures and posts them on her page so she can share them with everyone else.
“I look forward to getting up and talking to everybody. It’s just fun!” she said. Mallary believes in making an impact with her music. “I like being able to write about real life.” “I always think that music is a healer.” Clearly, she is doing something right.