Get to Know Singer-Songwriter Malea McGuinness


HERITAGE: Korean, Irish, Scotch

BORN: Killeen, Texas; raised in Long Island, N.Y., and currently based in Los Angeles

CLAIM TO FAME: The classically trained musician, who got her start on Broadway and once toured with Kenny Loggins, has reinvented herself once again with a recent Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Dance Chart for her song “Give (Promise Land Remix).” Her 2013 hit “Rainbow Girl (Papercha$er Remix)” has already reached more than 50 million plays, and she is currently in the studio with Dutch songwriter-producer Tearce “Kizzo” Keaz.


My go-to karaoke song: I’ve only done karaoke once, in Koreatown, and I sang “Sweet Child of Mine” very badly.

Last time I cried: Watching The Normal Heart on HBO, about the start of the AIDS epidemic.

What always makes me laugh: My dogs and my baby girl.

My go-to comfort food: Pizza.

Last thing I ate: Cuban food from Versailles: plantains, beans and rice with this amazing garlic sauce.

Currently on repeat: Kiesza’s “Hideaway.”

A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: Crashing out in front of the TV at the end of the day.

Current favorite place: Cross Creek in Malibu.

Favorite drink: Vodka mojito, extra sweet.

Pet peeve: Drivers with the “Only I exist” syndrome.

Habit I need to break: Diet Coke.

Hidden talent: Mind control.

Talent I’d like to have: Bellydancing.

Word I most overuse: “Like.”

Most treasured possession: They’re not possessions, but I would say my two dogs, Tc and Jonah.

Favorite hashtag: #too#many#hashtags. I tweet to stay in touch with fans, but I really hate talking about myself all the time.

Motto: I would/wouldn’t like that person in my foxhole.

What’s cool about being Asian: Asian don’t crack.

My job in another life: Astrologer … or working with animals.

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