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Zac Maloy

Adjunct Professor, Music Industry 


Zac Maloy is an acclaimed, award-winning songwriter and producer whose songs have been featured on numerous top-charting albums. Born and raised in Ada Oklahoma, Maloy began playing music at a young age. After graduating high school he formed a band, The Nixons.  After playing hundreds of local shows, they decided to tour regionally, then across the country. Several radio stations began playing their indie album, which led to offers from multiple record labels.  The band released three albums on MCA/Universal Records.  Their first album, Foma, scored rock hits "Wire" and "Happy Song."  Their third single from Foma, "Sister,” reached the top of the rock charts and eventually crossed over to Top-40 with heavy rotation on MTV. The success from Foma paved the way for several more chart toppers, including the rock hit “Baton Rouge” and Maloy 's solo release "Early Morning Phone Call." The Nixons toured relentlessly and quickly developed a reputation as one of the hardest working bands of their genre, completing worldwide tours with Radiohead, Soul Asylum, No Doubt, Kiss, and Bush. 


Once The Nixons went on hiatus, Maloy began writing and producing for other artists. After writing for and producing several rock projects, Maloy signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and decided to take writing more seriously.  Sony tapped Maloy as a writer in large part because of his unique ability, as a former artist, to relate to other artists. One of his first cuts after signing to Sony was "Used To" on Daughtry's eponymous first album, which has gone five-times platinum worldwide. This opened the door for Maloy to score singles in a range of genres, including Carrie Underwood's number one single "Temporary Home," and Skillet's number one single "American Noise."  This success solidified Maloy’s move into the songwriting world and prompted a relocation from Oklahoma to Nashville. Now viewed as a multi-faceted writer, Maloy is called upon to write a wide variety of music from Carrie Underwood to Juliet Simms; Adam Lambert to Shinedown; Halestorm to Blake Shelton.  


Maloy and the original lineup of The Nixons have reunited and are back touring and releasing new music. They recently did some headline dates, along with opening for the Smashing Pumpkins, as well as a co-headlining tour with fellow 90s rockers Sponge. They have just released and are supporting the singles “Crutch” and “Letters” across all formats. The band released a new EP in summer 2020, called Sonic Boom and the vinyl version with bonus material November of the same year.


Maloy continues to write and currently has songs out including the Shinedown single “Atlas Falls” which hit number one on the rock chart on August 22, 2020. He also had songs on recent releases by Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown and Saul. He continues to release his own music, in the form of two solo EPs Lead Singer Vol. 1 & 2, both out now.

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