An Evening With Mali Music & Laura Reed @ Chop ShopThe Chop ShopOctober 25, 2014 9:00 PM
399 E. 35th St
Charlotte, NC 28205
Mali Music reveres and respects the power of his chosen art form. The singer, songwriter, and producer recognized musics impact at a very young age, treasuring it as a gift. At only eleven-years-old and without any formal training, he would get behind the keyboard at a local Savannah, GA church and play for hours in front of a packed house every single Sunday. For the young performer, it became about inciting physical, emotional, and spiritual change with nothing more than a beat, a melody, and a smile. I started making music so I could help put everyone at ease, he says. Each Sunday that I came into this building, people were crying, praying, and repenting. Life was realView More >
for me. My creativity had to be sharp to consistently come up with songs on the spot that reflected the emotion of the room. I had a responsibility early on, and I realized music could make you cry, make you dance, or even change your life. Receiving Pro Tools and a computer as a gift for his fifteenth birthday, Mali divided his time between recording hundreds of songs in his bedroom and playing football at school. After casually making a MySpace page in 2008, he quickly developed a fervent following online. A flood of booking requests came in from around the country, and his statistics began to skyrocket. Fulfilling his fans appetite, he released his first independent album, The Coming, selling out the pre-orders from his familys garage. Over the next year, he started playing sold out shows across the country leading up to the release of his sophomore effort The 2econd Coming in 2009. However, 2011 saw underground R&Bs best kept secret get out.
Delivering a seismic performance at the BET Music Awards on the Music Matters stage, Mali effectively got the entire industry talking. He found himself meeting with superstar Akon the next morning as other executives clamored to learn more about this burgeoning phenomenon. He finally found the right home in 2013 though, signing to Mark Pitts ByStorm Entertainment label at RCA Records, the home of Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Miguel. After another earthshaking BET Music Awards performance and his Essence Music Festival debut that year, the mainstream wholeheartedly embraced Malis undeniable and uplifting blend of soulful R&B, invigorating hip-hop, and inspiring lyricism.
He goes on, I wanted to earn respect as an artist from the world before I proclaim this
triumphant message. I wanted to give everybody an introduction to who I am. Ive got a beautiful story to tell. There have been struggles, and there have been victories. The whole time, there was always song. Thats how you get Mali Music.
Youll get it after one listen to his full-length major label debut, Mali Is... Carried by his impressive vocal range and dynamic production, the album harkens back to what he refers to as the times of Stevie Wonder and the age of Aretha Franklin.
Mali affirms, Im like a refresh button. Im here to bring the power back to the person with the songs. Its about quality music, and it has to be distinguished, strong, and absolute.
The same could be said for the collections first single Beautiful. Written and co- produced by Mali as well as Jerry Wonder Duplessis and Arden Altino, the track glides from an energetic verse into a heavenly refrain that instantly shines and soarsliving up to its title. This song is for those people who never stopped believing and always saw me for who I was, he reveals. Its a letter to the ones in your life who were there when you were nothing, they were there when you became something, and they were there when you lost everything you had again. Its a tribute to everybody who helped me become who I am. Theyre truly beautiful, and I needed to say it.
Then, theres Ready Aim, which sees Mali nod to his hip-hop influences like Outkast and Drake with intricate and irresistible rapping. Im living my life, continues the artist. Im on this track, and I cant get off. Its like Im on a train at full speed. Anybody can fire whatever they want at me, but you cant shoot me down. This one is like a fuel injector.
It gives you that boost so you know you can accomplish your dreams.
Mali is living proof of that. With his dedication and vision, hes about to tap into musics power like never before with Mali Is...
I want to inspire others to inspire, he concludes. Its not just about surviving, paying your taxes, doing what you do to pay rent, and calling that life. Its about living, thriving, and prospering. Its about following those pure and innate impulses to realize your full potential. I hope I can be the key to unlock that in somebody listening.