Though she’s only been a full-time staple on the local music scene for the past four and a half years, Nancy Malcun has already made a name for herself. Between receiving an Atlantic City Weekly Nightlife Critics’ Choice Award, as well as being named Elephants for Autism’s Best Female Vocalist, Malcun has quickly become a well-known musician with a full docket of performances. This week, catch her 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, at The Tuckahoe Inn and at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Applebee’s in Mays Landing.
“I’ve been singing all of my life,” says Malcun, who also started songwriting when she was just a kid.
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Her experience writing has resulted in a bevy of originals. Her debut CD “Only the Beginning” was released in 2014, and her follow-up, “Ghost Stories,” was just released — appropriately — on Friday the 13th of October. Malcun’s favorite songs from the CD are “Flame” and “The One That Got Away.”
“I love paranormal stuff, but it’s kind of a different meaning of ghost stories,” Malcun says about her new release. “I write from a personal perspective … I feel like it’s your past as ghost stories.”
And while she gets inspired by anything she listens to, her favorite sounds are from rock legends like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, though they aren’t necessarily who she’s channeling when she’s writing.
“My songwriting style is more Taylor Swift than Led Zeppelin,” Malcun adds.
Her shows range from solo acoustic performances to gigs with her band, which usually include a fair amount of covers — anything from country and rock to pop and hip-hop — as well as some originals. Malcun has never been afraid to introduce her own work.
“I always wanted people to hear what I had to say,” Malcun says. “If people responded and clapped, I’d let them know it was an original and that there is a CD available.”
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf
Malcun classifies her originals as a mixture of pop, rock and hip-hop/R&B, but admits that her style has evolved a bit.
“I think the new CD shows more growth personally and lyrically,” Malcun says. “I feel like I’ve grown up a bit.”