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Mooresville middle-schooler signs with label, releases CD, iTunes

By Suzanne Ruff
Correspondent

Four times over the summer, 13-year-old Analise Malick traveled from Mooresville to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue her dream.

Last month, Nashville traveled to Mooresville to film her video titled “1,000 Things,” which was recently released.

It was filmed on a Saturday at Mount Mourne IB Middle School in Mooresville, where she attends, and at Jesse Carson High School in China Grove. Students at both schools appear as extras, along with Carson High cheerleaders and band.

“My principal, Dr. Boen Nutting, even announced over the intercom on the morning announcements Oct. 29 … that my songs were being released on iTunes!” Analise said.

Analise described the day: “The whole music video experience was amazing. It was like filming a movie. I dreamed about a music video, and recording it and doing it was surreal. Everything I dreamed about was happening.”

She said, “Every day since the day I was born, I’ve been humming tunes and singing around the house, begging my mom and dad to put me in voice lessons. So one day they did about seven years ago.

“I started at Masterworks School of the Arts in Mooresville, and I did a lot of Italian opera and Broadway music there. Then I switched to Creative EJ in Cornelius, more modern-day and pop music, and country definitely won my heart.”

Over the summer, armed with the demo CD she recorded at Creative EJ, she traveled to Nashville.

“Nashville had such a positive energy going through it,” Analise said. “Once I got there I knew that’s where I wanted to be.”

But she received what she described as “no’s.”

“No one wanted my demo CD,” she said. But her father, Jay Malick of Mooresville, taught her that “every failure is a greater opportunity, so let’s go get more ‘no’s.’”

Her persistence paid off with contacts, including George Hamilton IV, a country musician and Winston-Salem native who appears in her video, and with backstage visits at the Grand Ole Opry, once meeting musician Mallary Hope.

She signed with Lamon Records, run by Dave Moody of the Moody Brothers, an N.C. native.

“Mr. Moody picked demo songs, and we picked four songs to record,” Analise said. She chose the song “1,000 Things,” she said, because “it spreads a really good message (that) it’s good to have your goals and dreams.”

Analise recorded in Studio A of Nashville’s Quad Studios, in the same booth where Taylor Swift recorded her first two albums.

Her next video is due out in early 2014 and will be called “Not!” which is the title of her next song.

Analise will sing at a free concert with raffle prizes in Mooresville from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Maverick’s Queen’s Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. The band Dukes & Smith will open for her. Follow her success on Facebook and Twitter @Analisemalick.

Suzanne is a freelance writer for Mooresville News. Have a story idea for Suzanne? Email her at ruffsuzanne@gmail.com.
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