Showcase: The one and only Mallary Hope!

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Here at the Swift Agency, still one guy that hopes you didn’t miss us too much during the blackout, we’re glad to be back. We thought we’d give you just another of those artists we love so much. Actually, if I had to pick one artist that I believe is long overdue for their breakthrough moment, this is the one. This is the amazingly talented Mallary Hope! Vocally gifted, established songwriter, brilliant, beautiful, witty, funny and a bit of a goof, she’s just a storm in a package and then some.

Here’s one female artist that could be the vocalist of any year, she just needs a platform and even though I’m far from being mainstream, I am glad to shine the spotlight (which is more of a flashlight) on her.

Mallary Hope is a native from Cohutta, Georgia who moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a musician. I had the chance to meet her at the CMA Fest on 2011. She’s being on tour with Darius Rucker lately. You probably have heard her song, “Georgia Peaches”, which is Lauren Alaina’s new single. Not to take anything away from Lauren, but for me the definitive version will always be Mallary’s.

There’s a new album in the works, and if you were among the few that managed to hear her samples before she close her Reverbnation page, you know they’re amazeballs. I’ll be sure to do a review when I get it 🙂

Wise Beyond Her Tears

An oldie but a goodie… I want this song available in Canada or if there’s a studio version, she needs to release it somehow!

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Love Lives On

The quintessential Mallary Hope single and hit, written after her sister’s husband left for Iraq.

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Blossom in the Dust

Another popular single for Mallary.

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Georgia Peaches

She actually is the songwriter and the singer of this song.

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Landslide [Cover]

This is a song Mallary picked to close a concert, but besides her amazing voice I also picked this clip to showcase her humor. She has to react to the classic “I love you Mallary!” scream during a silent part. Her comeback is priceless!

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To find more about Mallary Hope, please visit MallaryHope.com and MallaryHopeFans.com.

Coming up in the Calendar!

  • February 12: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift is nominated for Best Country Album for Speak Now, Best Country Song for Mean and Best Country Solo Performance for Mean. The show will be broadcast live on CBS from 8:00pm to 11:30pm ET/PT.

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Why did the blog go dark? The strike against SOPA/PIPA

Hello, internet denizens!

Don’t worry. We’re still the Swift Agency, one guy who will still blog about Taylor Swift and the Agency, but once in a while there’s something that shakes up the internet and I feel compelled to participate. This is a movement against SOPA, a bill sent to the US Congress known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, a similar bill sent to the House of Representatives. It was shelved, but it could return in some form. The problem with the bill is not what it intends, but the power it gives mainstream media over the sites you can visit and over what you are allowed to do on the internet.

Yes, I am Canadian 🙂 But this site resides in the USA. I would be naive to think that this will not impact the internet in a global form.

A movement to strike in protest to this bill has gone viral. Some sites have taken the approach of a complete blackout (no service) on Wednesday, January 18. I’ve decided to not take down the whole site and instead go for the announcement, the ribbon you see at the top right and the symbolic darkened look. Here’s the official explanation from sopastrike.com:

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For more information on this movement, read sopastrike.com.