Musical Activist, Singer-Songwriter Croons at Motley

Malynda Hale performs at the Motley Coffeehouse Tunes n’ Deals on Mar. 21, 2017. (Lia Francis-Bongue • The Student Life)

On Tuesday, March 21, students and visitors to the Motley Coffeehouse enjoyed a performance by Malynda Hale, an American singer, songwriter, and activist who embeds messages of social justice in her music and is sponsored by vegan make-up company Valana Minerals.

Hale performed covers of “I’d rather be” by Clean Bandit, “Latch” by Sam Smith, and “Pure Imagination” by Gene Wilder; as well as some of her original songs, including her latest single “Stand,” which she wrote to encourage people to stand up for what they believe in.

As students worked on their laptops or enjoyed a beverage, Hale and company — Dave Brunelle on the guitar and Griffin Wrigth on the Cajon — performed a variety of songs from Hale's various albums about the importance of activism.

Hale has been to the Motley several times before. Megan O’Brien, music manager at the Motley, re-invited Hale because “her music really aligns with the Motley’s message and overall space.” 

Hale said that she loves the Motely because of “the message that it’s brought here. I love that it’s a women-run association. I think everyone is pretty attentive, even when they’re studying, they love listening to my music.”

As her performance drew to an end, Hale introduced her song, “Falling,” which was written in dedication to Leela Alcorn, a transgender student who took her own life a few years ago.

She finished with her song, “We Run,” an original song, which she wrote in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“People can relate to music in a meaningful way,” Hale said. “Rather than having arguments on social media, if you get someone to listen to a song that has your perspective and your feelings, they’re more likely to resonate with what you’re saying, I think music is a universal language and that’s why I like to use it to get my message and my views across.”

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