Hi! I'm Malynda. I'm a singer/songwriter, actress, entrepreneur & activist. I use my voice through my music and social media presence as an educating activist to effect change within social justice, female empowerment, LGBTQ+ rights, veganism, the Black Lives Matter movement and ProgressiveChristianity.
I currently host my own podcast called #WeNeedToTalk that focuses on powerful one-on-one conversations. #WeNeedtoTalk drives home the message that "Everything begins with a conversation." I love tackling hard hitting topics like politics, religion, social justice, mental health, and more. No topic is off limits for me. I specifically have a deep passion for discussing social justice from a Christian perspective and encourage all people of faith to do the same.
Because of my love for telling peoples stories, in January 2021 I created the Black Voices Heard Project, an ongoing video and photo series that seeks to amplify the experiences of Black Americans. Through this project, it is my hope that the negative perceptions of the Black community will be dismantled and the door will open for more understanding and empathy.
I was born and raised in sunny Santa Barbara, California where I began singing at the age of 5. At the age of seven I learned to play the piano, and by the age of nine, I was writing my own music. My love for music and desire to make a difference in the world has led me to be recognized many times something I'm very grateful for. I won “Best Female Vocalist” at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Best Pop Music Video at the Indie Music Channel Awards, and Pop Song of the Year at The Josie Music Awards. I have been a headliner for the NAMM show have opened for artists such as Tyrone Wells, Ernie Halter, Levi Kreis, OTOWN and Smokey Robinson and sung background for Melissa Manchester, Terron Brooks and Foreigner. Pre-covid I was touring the world as a guest entertainer on cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Regent, and Celebrity.
As an actress I've has appeared in stage productions of Once of This Island, Dreamgirls, and Bye Bye Birdie as well as numerous national commercials and the Lifetime TV Network movie " A Hunt for Truth" alongside Willa Ford.
I currently resides in Los Angeles with my husband, daughter, and dog.
I am the owner of JMV Music Entertainment Agency and a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and NARAS. I'm the current Chief Operating Officer for R.O.C. Era Non Profit Organization. This organization puts arts programs in schools of under served communities. I also serve on the board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and when I'm not working I love to binge a good Netflix series.