"Fusing pop with rhythm and blues is a bold move that Malynda proudly tackled. The results turned out to be her greatest work yet. It is fantastic. Malynda possesses a powerful voice that easily takes command of any audience. Her range is excellent and The Train Ride Home shows just how diverse she really is. From the very first note to the final refrain Malynda shows just how passionate she is about her music. This is perhaps why Malynda states, “When I think of songs that stick most with me, they’re the ones that come from the singer’s heart. That’s what I try to do with my music – each piece I sing and write comes from my heart and experiences.” There are lot of emotions in The Train Ride Home and it certainly shows. "
- ESTHER CALLENS , The Birmingham Times (Jun 21, 2012)
"In retrospect, after a few spins I simply couldn’t resist the talented Malynda Hale’s strong, evocative and powerful lyrics. As a songwriter, her lyricism exudes with unyielding compassion that’s uplifting and her warmth captures the intimacy of her life experiences is appropriate for any setting. Malynda has a winner with this album, her sound is rich and heartfelt lyrics are a perfect combo which makes this an attractive mix of music to listen too."
- Rob Young, The Urban Flux (Jun 15, 2012)
"A singer/songwriter inspired by Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw as well as Alicia Keys comes forward with a sound reflecting urban styles for a new urban sensibility. A high energy charmer for kids comfortable with multi cultural streets, this set rests easily in the gulf between pop and soul that’s going to have to make the tastemakers come up with a new name for this kind of sound that addresses unity rather than separation. Hale rocks. "
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record (Jun 05, 2012)
"Malynda’s voice seems to have the essence of the classic vocalist likes of Regina Belle, just smooth enough to carry over the upbeat tempo of some of the songs while her voice is strong enough to stand out as a premiere vocalist on the come up. What I like most about the album is that she explores different sounds that typically an R&B artist might shy away from worrying about conveying the emotions and ideas that are often associated with this type of music. "
- On the 8 with Nae, Nerdy Boi Media (Jun 04, 2012)
released 30 April 2012
Produced by Lena Leon
CO-Produced by Kevin Porter
Additional Production by Jamie Squire
Recorded at Melody Machine Factory
Additional Recording at Germano Studios New York
Mixed by Kevin Porter
Studio Musicians: Mike Veny (Drums) Nick Grinlinton (Guitar) Samuel Brathwaite (Bass) Malynda Hale & Lena Leon ( Piano)
Star-7 Music Publishing ASCAP
Lena Leon Music Publishing ASCAP
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