Just filming all the time, where there are multiple takes and postproduction, you can get lazy. Onstage, there’s nowhere to hide. The actors have to be heard and understood at all times. The musicians have to mesh together from the start every time. It’s so different from recording tracks separately in a studio. I know I’ll take the experiences from this production back to making videos of my own songs.

Malinda Kathleen Reese, who is also known as simply MALINDA, is an American musician, songwriter, YouTuber and actor, who is most likely known for her Google Translate Sings series. She was born on June 27th, 1994 in New York City.

Early Life

Malinda was born in New York City, and grew up on the local theater scene. Her family is formed of her mother Mary Hall Surface, who is a director, playwright and teacher, her father is Kevin Reese, who has acted in productions from Arena Stage to the Kennedy Center, and her two brothers[1], whose names are currently unknown.

Malinda spent her youth wandering backstage and playing in costume shops. She was soon performing herself, and by age 14 she was attending the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and the Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City. Apart from acting, Malinda also enjoyed writting and singingm, producing "Dreams Come True" in 2018, a song she wrote when she was 9 years old.


Malinda created her YouTube channel in 2010[2], but started posting videos in 2012. Her first videos were her old performaces at Sidwell Friends School.

It was at Vassar, where she switched into the theater program, that she listened to a version of "Let It Go" from the Disney movie “Frozen” sung by 25 women in 25 languages. She noticed that the Spanish translation wasn’t quite literal, and she wondered how it would sound if she put it back into English using Google Translate. The results were funny, so she started doing it in other languages. She assembled all the mistranslations into a song that she could sing. In February of 2014, she posted a video of Let It Go from Frozen according to Google Translate, that being her most popular video, which was the beginning of her series Google Translate Sings and her comedian career, that still continues to this day. She has worked with many popular YouTubers and singers such as Jonathan Young, Caleb Hyles, Jared Halley, Evynne Hollens and many more. On August 21st, 2018, Malinda opened her music channel, and announced her debut EP Love Letter, which was officially released on September 14th of the same year[3]. At the moment, Malinda is currently focusing on both music and comedy.

In March of 2018, Malinda auditioned for a role in the musical ONCE. In 2019, Malinda confirmed that she got the role in the musical. The musical will be performed live in Broadway at Olney Theatre Center.

YouTube Channels

Malinda currently has 3 channels:

Translator Fails

My name is Malinda Kathleen Reese, and I’m so glad you’ve found my channel! Currently I am writing original music, both comedy and pop. I also love to make videos that use Google Translate to distort the lyrics and stories of songs that you know and love in my series “Google Translate Sings.” Aside from YouTube I'm also an actor and singer in regional theater.

Her main channel, Translator Fails[4], mostly revolves of comedy videos. Until August 21st, 2018, the channel was also meant for Malinda's songs and covers. On this channel, she uploads her Google Translate Sings series, as well as other comedy videos.


Hello friends! I am is a singer/songwriter/actor, and this channel combines music and vlogs to create "musical stories" around themes within my own life and the lives of young people. I want to use music to have discussions about things that matter to us. If you'd like you can subscribe with your notifications on so that you don't miss a video every Friday!

Her second channel, MALINDA[5], was created on March 1st, 2012[6], but has only started being active on August 21st, and it is currently for her music, musical projects and personal subjects, for example her videos titled "I don't want to be extraordinary."[7], and "I didn't look in a mirror for 5 days"[8], that video being her most popular video on this channel.

Malinda Kathleen Reese

Her third and final channel, Malinda Kathleen Reese[9], used to be a vlogging channel, however, the channel is inactive, videos not being posted for nearly two years.

Love Life

Malinda is currently in a relationship with Jack Eubanks. Jack went to the same college as Malinda and that is presumably where they met. Proof of their relationship can be that in the description of the "Pick up lines according to GOOGLE TRANSLATE" bloopers video, she thanks her boyfriend by saying:

Thanks to my boyfriend for being a very good sport.

She was also in a relationship with an unknown guy, which is talked about in her song "Running". In the song, Malinda describes a guy who promises her love and a solid relationship, but she realizes who he really is, and that all he wants is a simple, obedient girl. On her YouTube channel MALINDA, she stated that this song was written when one of her exes came back to her for advice about his new girlfriend. Malinda also said that she was in college when she wrote the song, but as she has matured, the song has become more "real" for her.