Mallary Hope joined Corey Smith for three of his California show dates as part of the Ones To Watch tour. Hope hasn’t been an opening act of any one particular tour, but has opened for a lot of big name acts such as Darius Rucker and Clint Black.
Performing at a show where most people have not yet heard your name might be a bit intimidating, but not for Hope! She owned that stage and interacted with the crowd as if it were her own! She even changed her song lyrics to fit the crowd and city!
We need more women in Country Music and Hope is the perfect example of why. Her song Black Widow (which is also available on iTunes), has been nick named “The Skank Song.” Hope sings a tale about a women who stole her man. She has powerful vocals that capture your attention instantly and have you shouting the lyrics by the chorus!
“So women hide your man, leave the lights on if you can, cuz every time the night rolls in, she’s going to find a heart to strike again!”
The follow up to Black Widow is about the Boy, the one who cheated on her… The message to him is simple, you don’t deserve her, cuz we as women deserve someone who doesn’t make us feel “untouchable, unhuggable, unloveable cuz baby that ain’t love at all.”
There’s not enough of that in the male dominating charts of Country Music. Men don’t sing about what women deserve, they don’t speak to the breaking hearts or help them heal. When a women hears that she is someone deserving of something that’s more than what she’s getting it can empower her to get out of an abusive relationship, or gain the courage she needs to make her dreams a reality.
Hope reveals herself in her music and even though it’s personal it’s still relatable. From finding love to finding her fit in the music business Hope then takes us to a song about feeling Unwanted.
It can be hard being in the crowd and wanting to sing along but not knowing any of the artists songs. So Hope also throws in a couple cover songs that everyone is sure to know, including Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire. She even teaches the audience how to sing “fire” all slow and southern like her.
Hope also asked the crowd which kind of cover they would prefer next and gave them some options. The crowd decide on a Fleetwood Mac Cover so hope sang Landslide.
A really fun song of the evening is a song Hope wrote after her first time she tried Tequila. The song is not autobiographical but it sure is one that will get stuck in your head and have you counting shots! In fact it even inspired an audience member to buy her a shot! Here is a video of Hope drinking a Tequila shot on stage!
At one point during the night Hope pulls out her phone and tells the audience she’s not texting, but she would like to take a video to share on her twitter/instagram/facebook. Here’s a video of her taking a video of us!
An audience member asked Hope to give a shout out to the military. Coming from a family that has servicemen and women in it, Hope decided to end her set with a song she wrote called 21 Guns. It’s a very moving song about just how much freedom costs us.
I saw Mallary two days later in Anaheim, CA and she once again delivered a powerful performance. She said she might have to stop singing Tequila and a Broken Heart if people keep buying her shots! Here is the full video of the performance in Anaheim
Another fun difference at the Anaheim show was Hope’s cover of the biggest Single this year, Cruise! Many attribute Taylor Swift and later Nelly to the popularity of the song, but I heard about it from Hope! She’s always tweeting the latest songs she’s listening to and this was one of them! She’s definitely a huge fan of how catchy it is and so was the crowd!
If you watch American Idol, you may be familiar with Lauren Alaina, runner up to Scotty McCreery. Hope wrote two of the songs on Alaina’s album including her single Georgia Peaches. Hope sang it and put a little twist on the end, changing the lyrics to California Avocados and Oranges!
For photos from the Los Angeles show check out this album
For photos from the Anaheim show check out this album
Follow hope on twitter at @mallaryhope
Be sure and check out her music which can also be found on her sound cloud.
She is one artist you won’t be able to get enough of! Thank you Mallary for performing for us and giving us a show to remember! Hope was kind enough to sign for fans and take pictures. It’s artists like her that make you appreciate the genre as a whole!