R&B singer/songwriter Mali Music 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. Mali Music discussed his latest single "Beautiful," his memories of performing in church as a teenager and the power of love, among other topics. Following the interview, Mali Music performed "Heavy Love," which is featured on his new album, Mali Is…
"Love heals it all," said Mali Music. "And once everybody recognizes that I think that will be the thing that causes the songs that I write, and the songs that people [who] write songs like me, to ring on forever."
Born Kortney Jamaal Pollard, Mali Music jumped behind the keyboards at a local church in Savannah, Ga., kicking off his music career at age 11. After receiving Pro Tools and a computer for his 15th birthday, the singer, who cites Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin as influences, joined MySpace and began sharing his music online. In 2008 he released his debut album, The Coming, which was followed by 2009's The 2econd Coming. The buzz behind both albums led to Mali Music being selected to perform at the 2011 BET Awards as part of the network's Music Matters series, which highlights up-and-coming artists. In 2013 he landed a deal with label head Mark Pitt's Bystorm Entertainment imprint under the RCA Records umbrella.
Released on June 17, Mali Is… peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200. The album features 12 tracks, including "Heavy Love," "Beautiful" and "Ready Aim."
Mali Music is currently in the midst of a North American tour with dates scheduled through November.