Jazz/Soul Vocalist, pianist and composer, Mala Waldron is a
native of New York. Mala's musical
approach reflects the many varied styles of music she was
exposed to as a youngster. She credits her
parents, both jazz pianists, with giving her a strong and
varied foundation in the jazz culture. Her maternal
grandmother, also a pianist, was from the caribbean islands
and introduced young Mala to Calypso. Of
her earlier influences, she also credits her older brother with
introducing her to the best of R&B.
At the age of 7, Mala began formal piano lessons. Later, she
joined her first band, a local R&B group.
This marked the beginning of her career as a full-fledged
gigging musician — she was only 15