“Never going to stop doing what I do. Same level, same path… New wave.”
An artist, who wears +Lil Wayne‘s Supras or maybe Android Hommes, hangs with a DJ that rocks a Jesus piece, and sings live with just one background singer, an acoustic guitar and a piano. This is an image that only Mali Music can bring to a stage, and he has created a sound that is equally surprising and refreshing. Mali is a Christian artist whose music doesn’t translate into a sermon, but rather a message that breaths life into the reality of a world filled with pain, regret, and tough decisions.
Surrounded by an intimate and eclectic crowd that serves as a reflection of his personal love for music and of course Christ, Mali is showcasing familiar sounds from different genres of music with a message of hope. On the eve of the release of “Mali Is…” his sophomore album, Mali performed a live set that breathed life into the songs on his new album, as well as, gave light to his personal journey as an artist. There is an honesty that you get with his music that doesn’t proclaim to know all the answers, nor prevails itself to be the truth for any given situation. It’s positive, forthcoming and real about the struggles that come into one’s life. This album shares a beam of light that shines through life’s ups and downs and insures those listening that something beautiful is being birthed.
“…Try to make the best of what’s given to you,” is the last line you will hear on the track “Johnny & Donna”. To me, a refreshing ending to a story about tough decisions that shows the human and realistic side of Mali.
The power of cross over:
Not too many Christian artists have the ability to cross over to mainstream without losing their voice, or appearing to be different to die-hard fans. Yet, Mali has been able to create a fresh sound that keeps his core fans engaged, and new fans intrigued about what he has to offer. Mali has recently performed a live set on +American Idol and can be heard on R&B stations around the country.
“Beautiful,” is listed on 10 +Billboard charts, and has been listed at top 10 on many of the charts — #9 on the Adult R&B, #1 on the Gospel Digital Songs and Hot Gospel Songs.
“I started making music so I could help put everyone at ease,” he said on his website. “Each Sunday that I came into this building, people were crying, praying, and repenting. 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.”
After experiencing Mali Music live, I must say, I have a sweet spot in my heart for him. It is something really genuine about him. You can tell that he is not playing the part, or becoming what those believe he should be. He is walking in his destiny, and I wish him the best while on his journey!
“Don’t worry about me, but definitely pray for me,” shared at the end of his promo tour at +RAMSHEAD Baltimore in Annapolis, MD.