Jessie Malakouti

In 2006 Malakouti’s all girl punk rock band, Shut Up Stella, signed with Epic Records. Shut Up Stella’s music appeared in a variety of media between 2007–2008; “Watch Me Rain” was featured in MTV’s “Sweet 16 The Movie” and “Welcome to My Party” appeared in the 2008 films “Girl Positive” and Baby Mama. On March 27, 2008 Shut Up Stella was dropped by Epic and Malakouti decided to go solo.[3]

In 2008 Malakouti’s songs “Trash Me” and “Outsider” appeared in episodes of MTV’s The Hills.[4][5] The songs were also independently released as music videos and digital downloads by Malakouti herself.

She is published as a songwriter by EMI and has been splitting her time between Los Angeles and London working on her debut solo album as well as writing for The UK’s top pop production house Xenomania.[6] Jessie and the Toy Boys

Jessie and the Toy Boys was launched in March 2010 with the first single Push It being released in February 2011 which peaked at 7 on the Billboard dance chart. As well as Push It, on the same day she released two other songs Valentine and “We Own The Night”, which was used by The CW Network in their general promos for the network, as well as the station’s written “motto” in their station promos.

In June 2011, Jessie and the Toy Boys released an EP titled, Show Me Your Tan Lines, and made her network television debut on the Conan O’Brien Show.[7] During this time, Jessie and the Toy Boys was one of the opening acts during Britney Spears’ sixth concert tour, the Femme Fatale Tour.[8] During this time she filmed her next single, Lets Get Naughty which was released in October 2011 and performed on Femme Fatale Tour.

Jessie and the Toy Boys debut album This Is How Rumours Start[9] was due out in early 2012 but has failed to surface. Although there was no album release, she released a few YouTube videos of unreleased songs during 2012 as well as a music video for On With My Bad Self but the song was later not released.

In May 2013 Jessie released a music video for what was originally a Toy Boys song White Girl Wasted under her own name, Jessie Malakouti. This has sparked rumours that she will no longer be releasing music under the name Jessie and the Toy Boys. On September 27, 2013, Malakouti uploaded a picture via her Facebook page confirming that she had signed a new recording contract with Virgin Records.[10]