Music artist and fashion influencer Jessi Malay
1. When Did You Realize That Singing Was Your Passion?
Dancing was my first love and passion, right when I started dancing when I was 2. I would see ballerinas on TV and beg my mom to take me, so as soon as I could walk I was dancing. And then one thing led to another, and I was joining performing groups when I was 5, 6, 7, and singing is just part of it. You had to do it. So, when I was 8 or 9, my group got invited to go tour Disney World and the Big Red Road and the Bahamas and we were doing Shirley Temple number at the time. Like look at me, I naturally have really dark brown hair, I got the lead Shirley Temple role and I had to wear this short curly blonde wig, and I was also really tan, which just looked really ridiculous. But, I was Shirley Temple in our Disney World Tour.
Tap was my main thing when I was little. I actually really miss it. There is something about Tap. It is just so fun. That's when I started singing, and then I joined a different performing group. I met this girl named Angel, she just auditioned for a girl band, and they needed one another lead singer. So, they invited me to audition, and that night, I recorded my first song ever. It was a song called Trilogy. By a week later, we were already auditioning for all of the major labels, and we signed with Jive Records. So that was when I was 14. I begged my parents to let me do it. I was home schooled and we went on tour for two years. After that, I was 17, and the group kind of dismantled.
After, I signed solo to Warner Brothers Records. I had a mixed experience with them, they didn't really have a pop division, they only had a really strong rock division, and a hip-hop department. So they were like you look more hip-hop, lets throw you over there. I am not hip hop. Like, Wiz Khalifa used to open for me. Three 6 Mafia, I've done shows with. E-40 I have songs with. Like my first single was featuring Yung Joc. That was my world. It was not a genuine fit for me. It just did not genuinely make sense. That was my experience with them. Then I decided to negotiate out of my contract because they kind of just shelved me. So then I went back to school, went back to UCLA, graduated. While I was there my best friend and I decided to start our own production company. She was just coming out of film school at the time and I still had all of my music connections. My boyfriend at the time, I'm married now, he is now my husband, he is a music producer, so the three of us started our own little company. Now we call it the Coalition group. We started producing music videos for other artists, and for myself. And then now, we are moving more into film and television.