Rocking to a new beat: Famed rocker speaks to Killdeer students, performs live

“I’ve done so many things – I’ve had hit records, I’ve been on Leno, I was in Van Halen. I feel like I’ve achieved my goals.” -Mitch Malloy

Dickinson native singer/songwriter Mitch Malloy garnered national attention for his chart-topping rock and country hits. (Courtesy Photo)
Dickinson native singer/songwriter Mitch Malloy garnered national attention for his chart-topping rock and country hits. (Courtesy Photo)

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Posted March 29, 2013 

Mitch Malloy’s love for his hometown will never die. Neither will his penchant for changing people’s lives.

The award-winning singer/songwriter spoke Thursday to students and teachers at Killdeer Public School about the importance of nutrition, a subject he’s been passionate about since the age of 18.

Prior to his school appearance, Malloy returned to his roots in Dickinson for an acoustic set concert Monday, stepping foot back on the very stage he first performed on when he was nine years old.

“It was really, really good,” Malloy said. “(There were) a lot of people, a great crowd and I was really comfortable and relaxed.”

The long blonde-locked musician hadn’t returned to his hometown for a performance in at least 10 years and never had performed in Dickinson High School’s auditorium as a professional, chart-topping artist.

That changed Monday night.

“I have always wanted to come back and do an acoustic show on that stage – that’s something I wanted to do for 20 years, ever since I was a kid,” he said. “It was a big deal for me.”

The show at the DHS auditorium was a bucket list item for Malloy, one he now can cross off.

“I think that people need to have goals in life and I had really big goals,” he said. “Some people call them dreams, but mine weren’t really dreams – mine were goals and there’s a difference.”

Possessing strong goals in life is requisite for achievement, he said.

“It’s simple, not easy, but it’s simple.”

Malloy, who briefly served as singer for the wildly popular rock band Van Halen in 1996, had achievements he did not see coming, but were more significant to him than achieving fame and fortune.

“That was the fan mail that I would get telling how my music had affected someone’s life,” he said. “When you’re so young and you don’t really understand the business … you don’t really realize what’s going to happen.”

What happened was that Malloy’s music made its way into people’s lives.

“When I saw that it started effecting people’s lives, it kind of took me by surprise a little bit,” he said.

Changing people’s lives is what led him to his current goal to impact the lives of others through nutritional education.

“I want to impact people’s lives in a big way and music does that, and I think that nutrition does that even more,” he said.

Malloy and longtime friend Jeff Lamprecht, principal of Belfield High School in Belfield, held an assembly at Killdeer Public School, geared towards promoting good nutrition and anti-bullying. The two developed the assembly together, with Lamprecht speaking about the effects of bullying and Malloy singing and speaking about nutrition.

“We’ve been heavily into this for years,” Malloy said. “We’ve been talking about doing something with it. He’s in the school system, so he’s always trying to come up with ways to impact his kids. He uses me from time-to-time to help with that and I gladly jump in.”

Malloy is no stranger to Dunn County, either. His father was from Halliday and he and Malloy’s grandfather owned the Malloy & Malloy law firm in town.

In 1993, Malloy was catapulted to the national spotlight with his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On the show, he performed his third single “Our Love Will Never Die.”

Malloy considers that his greatest career accomplishment.

Now living in Nashville with his 5-year-old daughter, Malloy said he considers his music career winding down, but not completely over.

After producing 13 records, making it to the top of the music charts, singing alongside Eddie Van Halen, performing live on The Tonight Show and rubbing elbows with some of the music industry’s most famous artists, Malloy can reflect on his career with a sense of satisfaction.

“My music career is still going – I have my own studio … I still go tour in Europe, but I have a 5-year-old little girl now, so I don’t like to travel too much,” Malloy said. “I like to be home, taking care of her, spending as much time with her as I possibly can and that’s the best part of my life.

“I’m jumping into nutrition and health. Music for me is a little bit on the back burner.”

Malloy’s latest album Shine On dropped in 2012. His music is available for purchase on iTunes.

“I’ve done so many things. I’ve had hit records, I’ve been on Leno, I was in Van Halen,” he said. “I feel like I’ve achieved my goals.”

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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