A tireless journey from a childhood spent in Hawaii to graduating from the Popular Music program at the USC Thornton School of Music set her on the road to realizing this ambition. Post-college, she linked up with powerhouse songwriter Ross Golan [Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande] and ubiquitous producer and songwriter J Kash [Maroon 5, Charlie Puth]. Signing to Friends With Pens founded by Golan and Kash, she initially made waves on the independent single “Champagne Clouds.” Ryan Seacrest personally debuted the track on his KIIS FM “On Air With Ryan” show and predicted, “You’re going to hear about Malia—a lot.” Taylor Swift championed it on her Apple Music and Spotify Favorite Songs playlist, and it eventually generated 20 million-plus streams. The follow-up, “Little Victories,” leapt past the 3 million mark as she joined JoJo on the North American “Leaks, Covers, and Mixtapes” tour. At the time, she focused on honing her chops in the studio as a songwriter and landed a deal with Warner Records. Malia now introduces a sizzling and show-stopping style on her 2020 debut release, Broke Boy.