Singer/songwriter Malea is having a great year so far. Besides becoming a new mom, she’s been building momentum on the dance music charts. After the success of her club hit Rainbow Girl – her latest single Give just hit #17 on the Billboard Dance Chart.
Her new EP Give includes five high-profile remixes of the eponymous track by genre heavyweights including Baggi Begovic who has worked with Tiesto, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson. The EP will become available via other digital retailers on April 1st. The Promise Land mix of Give is also the featured single on the Ibiza After Dark Compilation, available on Water Music Records. Celebrity Baby Scoop caught up with Malea to talk about motherhood and her music career.
CBS: Congratulations on being a new mom! How is motherhood going?
Malea: Great! I’m the happiest I’ve ever been…and sleepiest! But I have a whole new respect for mothers. I had no idea what mothers go through…
CBS: Tell us about your baby; is it a boy or a girl?
Malea: A girl, her name is Grace.
CBS: What’s his or her personality like?
Malea: She is so smiley it’s impossible to not be in a good mood when you’re with her.
CBS: What’s your favorite part about being a mom so far?
Malea: The bond I share with Grace and the love I have for her is unlike anything I’ve ever known.
CBS: What has surprised you the most?
Malea: The huge love you feel for your child. No one can explain it to you until you meet your baby.
CBS: Are you looking forward to celebrating your first Mother’s Day?
Malea: Yes! I’m very excited to finally be a mom and of course will be sharing it with Grace! We will probably take a walk with our dogs (my hairy babies) and have a nice breakfast together!
CBS: Your new single “Give” has hit #17 on the Billboard Dance Chart. What made you decide to produce dance music? What does it mean to you to have someone like Baggi Becovic supporting you?
Malea: Well it’s all a bit of a surprise but really fun. I was lucky to meet great remixers like Baggi who wanted to remix my songs into dance tracks. It’s fun to see a song I wrote take on a whole different sound/ dimension.
CBS: What is the inspiration behind the songs you write?
Malea: Life, what I’m going through, what people around me are going through, things I believe in.
CBS: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
CBS: How do you push through it?
Malea: I don’t. I usually stop writing and then when I’m doing things that are completely mindless like driving or taking a shower- that’s when my ideas come to me.
CBS: You played Tuptim in “The King and I” on Broadway. Would you like to go back to Broadway and perform, and if so, what role would you love to play?
Malea: Yes I would love to go back to Broadway one day with the right role. There are so many unique and exciting roles being written I’ll know it when I see/ hear the music..
CBS: You recently became a mom. How has motherhood changed you?
Malea: It has made me softer and healed me in some ways… Little things don’t seem to matter much anymore.
CBS: Are you able to take the baby with you when you tour?
Malea: I will when the time is right.
CBS: You are an active animal rights advocate, recently you endorsed the passing of a bill to ban SeaWorld Orca shows. Why do you think that legislation is important?
Malea: Because until there’s a law banning the mistreatment of animals and how they are being used for show/profit people will continue to see the show and not be aware of what’s really going on behind the scenes.
CBS: What other projects do you have on the horizon?
Malea: Recording music for a documentary and working on new songs to record as well as shows in the future!