Malina Moye Releases Special Edition Fender Guitars – Billboard

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Singer-songwriter-guitarist Malina Moye has released a collection of limited-edition guitars featuring a hand-drawn image of her created by world-renowned artist Philippe Druillet.

Moye’s latest album, 2018 Bad as I want to be, spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Blues chart. It featured the inspirational single “Enough”, which sparked the 2019 #IAmEnough social media campaign. The empowerment campaign has been endorsed by celebrities such as gospel singer Yolanda Adams and Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockton.

With a resume that includes projects for George Lucas and Jimi Hendrix, Druillet is best known for his award-winning comic book series. salammbô. He is also the creator of the popular children’s television series Xcalibur on Canal+.

“I really respect Philippe,” Moye says of the couple’s collaboration. “He has done so many amazing things in the world and for his country [France].”

Druillet’s team first approached Moye to collaborate in 2020 after seeing a performance during his international tour. The artwork for the new guitar collection is inspired by an image of Moye taken by Mary Grace McKernan during a 2016 performance at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, California.

Moye-Druillet guitars are Fender Stratocasters which are also playable. The guitar’s specs include 22 jumbo frets, a modern C-neck, five-way switch, three standard pickups, and a tremolo system. The 12 guitars, numbered and available in left-handed and right-handed versions, are in polar white. A personalized case as well as a certificate of authenticity and autographed photos signed by the two dynamic creatives are also included.

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Additional guitars — fitted with Moye’s own line of signature strings and also autographed by the left-handed guitarist — are also sold on MalinaMoye.com. When Moye teamed up with Dean Markley Strings in 2021, she became the first black woman to launch her own guitar string set. Moye made her first story in 2010. When the Minneapolis native played the national anthem in the Minnesota Vikings/Dallas Cowboys game that year, she became the first African-American woman to play the national anthem at the electric guitar at a major sporting event.

“The world has changed,” says Moye. “You can find all types of guitarists now online and the majority of them are women,” she says. “What I’m looking forward to seeing is more companies seeing this and wanting to celebrate this through partnerships with women and people of color.”

A future tour and TV role tied to his rock and soul roots are on the way. But for now, Moye is shy about the details. She reveals that her new album, Dirty, will drop in March 2023. She also promises that audiences will “definitely, definitely” get to watch her rock one of the guitars in her titular collection in a future performance. And that could happen when she plays the national anthem again on Dec. 18 in the Vikings vs. Colts game at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

“It is important to understand your power and your value,” she insists. “I’ve always wanted to be iconic, legendary, rare and – no matter what – be badass and make a statement. And that’s what this collection of guitars does. It’s something you can play or it could be a great work of art.

The Moye-Druillet guitar collection is sold exclusively in only three galleries in Paris: Guitar-Custom-Art.com, The New Opera and Galerie Christian Collin. It is also available on Malinamoye.com. Buyers can enjoy the personalized experience for 3,600 euros (about the same in US dollars). Also an avid philanthropist, Moye notes that all proceeds from guitars purchased on her website will benefit her Drive Hope Foundation, which supports inner-city youth.

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