Featured Actors & Artists
MALINA MOYESinger/Songwriter/Guitarist/ Actor
Twitter: @MalinaMoye Facebook: @Malina-Moye-Music
Flipping a Fender Stratocaster upside-down, acclaimed singer/songwriter/lefty guitarist Malina Moye fills a void in the entertainment industry. Hailed as a musical pioneer and one of the world’s top guitarists by Guitar World Magazine, Moye has created her own space in today’s music scene as one of the few artists in history able to straddle both Rock and Soul genres, and has become one of the world’s top guitarists of this generation. Her brand of music, fashion and philanthropy have all made Malina one of the most globally recognized artists.
Moye’s musical narrative boasts an impressive resume that includes making history as the first African-American woman to play the National Anthem on guitar at a major sporting event, performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and owning her own successful record label, WCE Records. One of Fender’s first African-American female endorsees, Moye’s third studio album Bad as I Wanna Be reached Number 1 for two weeks straight on the Billboard Blues chart. RollingStone France gave the album four stars stating that, “Moye blends Blues, Funk, Rock and Pop” while Parade Magazine commented, “Moye has proven herself once again as an uber talented, electric guitar powerhouse.” Her song “Enough” is featured in the film The Samuel Project. The songstress is also featured in the UK documentary, Stratmaster: The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told. Moy has also appeared on national TV shows including Weekends at the D.L., Emeril Live, and numerous morning shows such as Good Morning Chicago.
In additional to her unorthodox style of guitar playing and stage presences, Moye’s fashion sense garners praise from the entertainment and fashion industries, alike. She has been voted by Glamour magazine one of the best dressed at the Grammy Awards and received accolades from Vogue. Moye has also been seen on the catwalk and continues to build her brand name globally by appearing in campaigns like Victoria Secret’s “Love Rocks” and shoe chain Steve Madden’s “Music.” As declared by Huffington Post, she has “the talent, the look, the energy, the whole package.”
Moye’s humanitarian efforts are numerous. She is the co-founder of DriveHope.org – A non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping individuals elevate themselves and their communities. As an influential artist, her #IAmEnough and #FindTheGr8nU social media campaigns have helped empower women as well as people of color, and have redefined main stream pop culture. Moye also serves as an ambassador to HRH Prince Charles’ The Prince Trust, to which she donated her song “Hustler’s Blues” to the charitable Wilberforce compilation record released on AMD/Universal Music. Finally, Melina has added “motivational speaker” to her titles while sharing her story about being homeless and then climbing to Number 1 Billboard Album.
Melina Moye embraces her unique brand bringing charisma, fire, and emotion to music and all aspect of her life unlike any other artist in the world today. As a savvy businesswoman, Moye has taken her childhood dream and turned it into a budding empire.
From Long Island, New York…Weighing in at a hundred and blah blah blah…. Valentine is well known for his nine seasons as “Cousin Danny” on the hit CBS sitcom The King of Queens, his frequent appearances as a round table comedian on the popular E! Network late-night talk show Chelsea Lately, and his role in the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning FX show Fargo.
Elsewhere on the small screen, Valentine notably appeared on the television show Men of a Certain Age, which was written and directed by Ray Romano, and met with critical acclaim. Prior to his run on the series, he starred in his own half hour special on Comedy Central along with hosting The X Show on FX. Valentine also joined fellow celebrity comedians as commentators on the hilarious FOX show World’s Funniest Fails. Most recently, he was “Kyle Gable” on the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait.
Valentine got his start in show business on the stand up comedy stage. After an appearance at the Montreal Comedy Festival, he left his native New York for heavier traffic in Los Angeles. There, Valentine quickly landed spots on various talk shows including, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, among others. When not on a movie or television set, he continues to headline comedy clubs and theaters. His current stand up routine “The One Thing You Can’t Do in a Massage Chair” featured on Comedy Central has audiences doubled over.
On the big screen, one of Valentine’s best known films is Paul Blart: Mall Cop with Kevin James. In addition, he starred in the film Here Comes the Boom alongside Salma Hayek, Kevin James, and Henry Winkler. Gary has worked alongside such Hollywood heavyweights as Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear (Stuck on You) and Adam Sandler (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry). In addition to a number of specials for the Comedy Central Network, as well as a cameo in Jerry Seinfeld’s lauded documentary, Comedian, he can be seen in such films as Zookeeper and Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury, along with the independent short film Alive ‘n’ Kickin.
Valentine is convinced that Adam Sandler said,
“GV will be one of People magazines 100 sexiest stars……soon.”
Steve Azar, a Mississippi delta native, is a hit songwriter, recording artist and music producer.
Azar has released seven critically acclaimed studio albums and has had numerous hit singles over the years, including “Waitin’ on Joe” and “You Don’t Know a Thing.” These popular songs featured Academy Award Winning Actor, Morgan Freeman, and golf professional, John Daly, respectively. In addition, his song “Sunshine” received critical praise and endorsements from icons, Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey, as well as publications like US Weekly Magazine. Steve has also paid tribute to American soldiers and their families with his heartwarming single “Soldier Song,” and his song “Doin’ It Right” was the title credit track for the film “Here Comes the Boom” starring Kevin James and Salma Hayek, distributed by Sony Pictures.
Steve Azar & The King’s Men album “Down at the Liquor Store” was backed by veteran bandmates of B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and other icons of music. It included a featured documentary, Something in the Water, which chronicled the making of the record. His latest album, My Mississippi Reunion, won the 2021 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for Best Contemporary Album and features a collection of past and new songs inspired by Azar’s Mississippi roots.
Azar was once called personally by Bob Seger to perform 46 shows on what was rated the #1 Tour in America by Pollstar Magazine. To this day, he continues to tour with his music, and hosts charity events and music festivals across the country.
Steve Azar is the official Music & Culture Ambassador of Mississippi. When not on tour, he also hosts his radio show and podcast, In a Mississippi Minute with Steve Azar, available on all podcast platforms.