Los Angeles-based recording artist Malina Moye hopped a flight to the Arizona desert earlier this morning to play the National Anthem on her Fender Strat at the Chicago Cubs final spring training home game.
“I had a blast,” she says of the game, although admitting that she did not stay to see the final outcome between the Cubs and the Colorado Rockies.
Instead the lefty-guitarist squeezed in a whirlwind first-ever visit by Fender, where she blazed through a few songs including Diamonds & Guitars single “Need Your Lovin’” and a repeat of our nation’s anthem. Watch for yourself in this quick video clip.
Just a few weeks ago, Moye was jamming with some legendary funk musicians at L.A.’s Conga Room for Malia Franklin’s memorial.
“I had this opportunity to jam with Bootsy Collins and George Clinton and Sheila E, which was so awesome, but they didn’t have a left-handed guitar there,” says Moye. “So I just picked up a right-handed guitar, flipped it upside down and started jamming. So that was hot.”
Her hot performance earned an invite from Collins to drop by the recording studio the following day.
“I get there and Prince was on the phone while Sheila E is going at it on the drums,” she recalls. “Sly Stone was there … People I just love and admire, and who inspired me to want to pick up a guitar and play the funk. These guys are the pioneers. To hear them say, ‘You are like the new generation of funk; you’re really funky’ –– that was cool.”
Keep up with Malina at her website malinamoye.com.