In the not too distant future, people across the continent and beyond will get to hear the beautiful, melodic voice of Pittsburgh’s own Travis Malloy thanks to a distribution deal that his music company, Malloy Entertainment inked with Central South Distribution.
“This distribution deal is so major because you get to make your own decisions,” said Malloy who grew up in Stanton Heights and graduated from CAPA in 2006. “The company is great to work with.”
Central South Distribution is an independent Christian music distribution company. One of the first full-line gospel distributors in the United States, the Tenneessee-based company ships orders nationally. In addition to its wholesale division, Central South Distribution distributes gospel music to chain stores, independent retailers and all the top gospel, Christian and mainstream accounts. It also provides video and DVD distribution.
Under the company’s guidance, Malloy is working on his third gospel album and is currently choosing the first single to be released from the yet-to-be-titled album this summer.
“We are working hard creating music and we are trying to pick and choose which songs will work and what songs are really emotionally driven,” Malloy said.
Malloy, 26, released his first album, “Lift Him Up” in 2009. The record, which was produced by J. Drew Sheard and featured popular gospel singer Kierra “KiKi” Sheard, daughter of gospel legend Karen Clark Sheard. The album received great feedback from four corners of the globe including London, Japan and South Africa.
His second effort, which was self-titled, was released in 2011 and featured a 14-track ensemble of personal songs geared toward drawing people to Christ.
“Most of the music I have been releasing I wrote back in high school. I’ve been out of high school about eight years and God has given me a lot of songs. Now I’m more mature. God has elevated me spiritually,” he said.
Currently Malloy has been in demand for his writing and producing abilities, which expands all genres. Within the past two years, Malloy has wrote, produced and sang the theme song for five nationally syndicated radio stations, the television theme song to the Word Network’s “The Gospel According to Dorinda.” He also landed song placement on Earnest Pugh’s WIN (Worship in Nassau) album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Gospel Charts. Malloy also placed a song on gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Cole’s upcoming album on Light Records. He has been writing for local Pittsburgh artists as well.
“It’s no greater feeling than to write something for someone else and have them sing it,” Malloy said.
In addition to his own music, Malloy plans on adding artists to his Malloy Entertainment company, which he founded in 2007.
“I’m looking for the triple threat. God blessed me to be able to sing, write and produce,” Malloy said in a Courier interview back in 2012. “I’m looking for someone who reminds me of myself.”
He is planning on releasing a line of t-shirts: Inspired to Live on Purpose, which is symbolic of Malloy’s life.
“It’s so important for people to know their purpose. The reason there is so much violence and drugs and sex is because people don’t know why they are here,” said Malloy who has worked with such musical titans as Donnie McClurkin and Josh Grobin. “When you don’t know your purpose, it’s scary. People should go after their dream, have drive and fulfill their destiny.
“You have to have confidence to go after your dream and what God gave you. There will be people speaking different things over your life, but you have to be confident in what God gave you. I’m satisfied because I am fulfilling my purpose,” Malloy continued.
Although he has not made an official announcement, Malloy plans on holding a concert and conference this summer to kick off the release of his album and talk to young people about the importance of purpose.
“We will be performing the (yet-to-be released) single then,” Malloy said. “Sometimes the toughest thing is that breakthrough. You know that it’s coming and you don’t when it is. Some times we learn to do something and we think we’re ready to release it and we’re not. That’s when you ask God if this is your calling and when are you supposed to release it. I’m a kid from the North Side who had nothing.”
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