You could say Jessi Malay had a strong vision from an early age. When Mariah Carey’s “Dream Lover” hit Number One in 1993, young Jessi, already immersed in jazz, tap, and hip-hop dance classes, was inspired to polish her moves. During recess, Malay would herd her girlfriends onto the school playground, tell them they needed to rehearse for an upcoming talent show, and lead her charges through dance routines she had choreographed herself. Of course there was no talent show. “They’d ask, ‘When are we performing?’ she says. “And I’d be like, ‘Soon, soon! Now come on, we gotta practice!” Malay was 7.
“Even at that age, I was very tenacious,” she recalls, laughing. But being able to take charge is a valuable skill when you’re a kid trying to navigate the world of show business. Malay, a talented, passionate urban-pop singer and dancer from Los Angeles, may be a newcomer to most, but she’s actually a veteran performer who began dancing at 2, joined a professional ballet company at ... Read full biography