Smart bets: Tina Malia

It’s tough to imagine a sour note escaping Tina Malia, whose vocals move weightlessly above sparse acoustic guitar, piano and other mellow accompaniment. Her guiding beliefs are equally optimistic: “When we gather together to sing, dance, pray and remember our connection to life and one another, we are touched by the simple act of love moving through sound,” she says. Though Malia’s music can come across as the effortless product of a clear mind and earthy vibes, it stems from considerable toil. As a sound engineer, Malia produces her own recordings, on which she sings in multiple languages. And she’s traveled far in observance of nature, spirituality and culture, collaborating with musical luminaries along the way. The peace-bringing artist performs at The Altamont Theatre on Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m. $15. thealtamont.com. Photo courtesy of the artist

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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