Have you ever heard the timeless feel of Esperanza Spaulding, singer vs flow like Lauryn Hill, the versatility of Jill Scott, and the intellectual/empowering content of all 3 combined into one artist?! Well, you have now…meet Carolyn Malachi!
Malachi is a native of the DMV, and is a graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School. She emerged into the spotlight during her college years, and gigged with her band, aptly named, Malachi. Post graduation, Carolyn came back to the DMV and started to pursue her musical career as a solo indie artist. In 2010, she dropped her EP, Lions, Fires, and Squares, which spun out the 2011 Grammy nominated track, “Orion”, in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
In the summer of 2013, her album, Gold, hit the streets, and it hit hard! Not only has the hit single, “All Right”, flooded the airwaves of top stations, such as DC’s own, 96.3 WHUR, Sirius/XM Satellite, and Pandora radio…but, the album has spun into a national and international sensation, garnering sales and requests from countries such as Japan & Taiwan! Other singles, such as “Beautiful Dreamer”, “Free Your Mind” and “Fall Winter Spring Summer”, have also become critical successes amongst various magazines, websites and blogs. She’s currently nominated for 6 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association for GOLDen contributions!
Once you’ve taken a listen to her work, you will notice that Malachi’s musical style is not one to necessarily be categorized or boxed in, and her musical flexibility is just as fluid as the tracks on her album.
Now, don’t get it twisted because she is the great-granddaughter of the legendary jazz pianist, John Malachi! This young lady makes her own strides in her own light! In fact, above her abundance of talent, her philanthropic works are something to admire also. For example, her video for the single, “Free Your Mind”, has helped to benefit The School Fund, which is a “nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunity for poor students around the world through educational scholarships” (theschoolfund.org). This is only one of the many things that she does to give back to not just the community, but the world. Click the link to check out the video: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zWjZefKHZFU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DzWjZefKHZFU.
We were able to catch up with the artist herself. Check out what else Carolyn had to share with us:
Q: What part of the DMV are you reppin’?
A: I grew up in a quiet NE, DC neighborhood called Brookland.
Q: What influenced you to engage in your talents/gifts?
A: Quietly, while attending Shepherd University, I transitioned into the arts. Access to a digital audio workstation gave me the tools I needed to produce music for myself.
Q: How has your community influenced you?
A: I grew up in a predominantly African-American community. We are a vastly diverse, strong and gifted people. This cultural awareness has always dictated to me strict maintenance of high standards.
Q: If there’s anything that you would want your peers & supporters to know about you (assuming that they don’t already), what would it be?
A: Keep your head up. Every now and then, I climb trees.
Q: What’s next?!
A: My next DMV performance is February 21 at Everlasting Life in Capitol Heights, MD at 7 PM. This will be an intimate set: poetic, quiet and personal.
Since there’s so much more to learn more about Carolyn’s endeavors, you can follow her along her journey by visiting her website at http://www.CarolynMalachi.com, or you can catch her at your nearest social media site, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc. You’re going to want to follow this one…there’s a great feeling, that this is just the beginning!
Dope article. I wasn’t a fan of the single they released on her (although it was a hit from what I’m told), BUT this article is making me really eager to hear MORE of her music. So…guess where I’ll be on Feb 21st?!?!! lol. Great job.
I love Carolyn Malachi! She’s so dope, and the work she does within the community is remarkable. Mark my word this woman is going places! Thanks for this spotlight! (By the way the correct spelling is, Esperanza S-p-a-l-d-i-n-g.)