GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Carolyn Malachi recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. Malachi discussed garnering her first GRAMMY nomination, the common themes in her music and her new album, Gold, among other topics. Malachi's set featured the tracks "Gold," "Nothing" and "All Right."
"Gold is all about finding that golden part of you," said Malachi. "We go through challenges, we go through struggles and somehow when we emerge we feel stronger. I know that the album speaks to that new strength."
A Washington D.C., native, Malachi's musical journey began at West Virginia's Shepherd University, where she decided to follow the footsteps of her great-grandfather, jazz pianist John Malachi. Blending jazz-influenced R&B, pop and soul with spoken word, Malachi released her debut album, Revenge Of The Smart Chicks, in 2008 and followed with 2009's Revenge Of The Smart Chicks II: Ambitious Gods. In 2010 she released the EP Lions, Fires & Squares, a six-track set featuring the soulful hit "Orion," which garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards.
Released in July, Gold is co-produced by former Recording Academy Trustee James McKinney, who Malachi met as a member of The Recording Academy Washington, D.C. Chapter. The album features 13 tracks, including "Finally" and "Free Your Mind." For every view of the video for the latter track, an hour of class time will be donated to students in East Africa as part of the #IAM Campaign, an educational program Malachi launched in January with The School Fund. The video has funded more than 10,000 classroom hours to date.