DATE: JANUARY 11, 2023

FROM: LYNDIE WENNER/MITCH SCHNEIDER, SRO PR

DAVID MALLOY
RELEASES FIRST SINGLE AND VIDEO AS AN ARTIST,
“I PLAY GIMME SHELTER,”
TODAY, JANUARY 11, FROM HIS UPCOMING SOLO DEBUT ALBUM ‘MIRROR’ OUT MARCH 13
GRAMMY-NOMINATED AND AWARD-WINNING
SONGWRITER, PRODUCER AND
2022 NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
SHARES HIS LOVE FOR THE ROLLING STONES

LISTEN TO THE SINGLE HERE

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

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DAVID MALLOY, Nashville songwriter and producer of approximately 40 #1’s that he’s either written and/or produced throughout his prolific and highly successful musical career, has been encouraged by friends and peers to write a book about his life. But that was not something he was interested in doing. “Instead,” Malloy shares, “I wrote an album.” And that album, MIRROR, is due out MARCH 13. The album’s first single and official music video “I Play Gimme Shelter” is released today, January 11. Listen to the song HERE and watch the video HERE.

I Play Gimme Shelter,” written by MALLOY and co-produced with Nashville-based musician and producer Paul Childers, also features background vocalist Jackie Wilson (Season 10 Top 40 “American Idol” Finalist). For the first time in MALLOY’s career, he now stands in the artist’s spotlight and discloses, “Of all the artists I have worked with, there is one artist I have never had the honor or privilege of producing or writing songs for…myself!” He says the decision to release “I Play Gimme Shelter” as the first single from MIRROR was because of “all the chaos and tension now surrounding us in this world. This song had to be the first single.”

MALLOY goes on to say that THE ROLLING STONES’ song “Gimme Shelter,” the first single released on their 1969 Let It Bleed album was reflective of that period of time and energy as stated by MICK JAGGER in a December 14,1995 interview in Rolling Stone magazine (here) as being “kind of an end-of-the world song,really. It’s apocalypse; the whole record’s like that.” MALLOY states that it “reflects our current times unfortunately. I love everything about the Stones’ song ‘Gimme Shelter.’ It sucks you in from the get-go. Some songs you can’t play loud enough, and ‘Gimme Shelter’ and ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ are those songs for me. I wanted to write about how much I love them by creating my own song, ‘I Play Gimme Shelter.’” Of course, my greatest joy would be for the Stones to hear this song. Long live rock and roll!”

Watch the video below.

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The official YouTube video of “I Play Gimme Shelter” was directed by Andrew Rozario and DP Michael Stryker of Casting Life Films who also recruited Nashville’s authentic rock quintet Garden of Eden to perform as the young, spirited, and stylish “garage band” in the video that was filmed in various locations in and around East and downtown Nashville, including a hippified and authentic garage band setting where Malloy gets invited in to jam with this group of young rockers to perform “I Play Gimme Shelter” offering musical relief from his long and stressful day as an uptight businessman who needs to let off some steam.

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MIRROR is a journal of DAVID MALLOY’s life, his love and the loss of his only son who passed away 18 years ago. MALLOY stepped back from his career for a time but was re-inspired to create once again when a conversation over dinner with friends and a psychic medium happened to be at the table. She offered MALLOY a private reading, from which he said he normally does not subscribe to that sort of thing, but a message was given to him from his son asking him why he wasn’t writing songs, thus triggering the music and the lyrics that surfaced from his heart and soul and now appear on this album.

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Throughout his career, DAVID MALLOY has been lauded for his technique of “becoming” the artist he was writing for or producing, similar to an actor getting into character. Many agree that this was a key to his success. He is credited with creating the crossover-influenced sound of country music that defined the genre in the 80’s and 90’s. He’s produced artists Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Mindy McReady, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash and more. As a songwriter, David Malloy was inducted into the 2022 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Shania Twain, Steve Wariner, Hillary Lindsey and Gary Nicholson and has co-penned numerous songs with Even Stevens and recording artist Eddie Rabbitt throughout Eddie’s career (whom MALLOY produced.) He has had his songs recorded by artists in multi-genres of music such as Badfinger, Bettye LaVette, Billy Burnette, Dr. Hook, Fleetwood Mac, Gregg Allman Band, Julianne Hough, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tim McGraw, Roy Orbison and many more.

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