Malik James, an R&B/Soul, Singer/Songwriter and Urban Pop Artist, soon to be 22 year old who represents Brooklyn, NY and Springfield, MA, but would say more poignantly, “718 Birthed Me, But 413 Raised Me.”
“As cliche as it sounds…I actually did start singing at 5,” Malik says with a chuckle, “I don’t know if I remember it or my mom told me so much, the I feel like I can recall vividly singing “I’ll Be There” by Michael Jackson.” It’s with that same child-like passion and love that Malik carries through life when it comes to his music. Influenced heavily by his father, an aspiring rapper, who he lost when he was 9 years old Malik continued with music writing his first song when he was 11 years old.
After graduating from high school in 2013, he kept the creative in his blood starting an entertainment business named Cruel Intentions, surrounding apparel, events, photography and of course, music. His focus was to use the aspects of Cruel Intensions to strengthen the culture of Springfield through urban, artistic mediums. Malik did so with his first event “The Springfield Talent Show” which had over 120 people in attendance. Malik consistently sang each Sunday in church throughout the development of his fledgling business, which led to performing original works at his mentor Darryl Moss’s “Open Mic” Series hosted at Black Pearl in Springfield, MA and receiving amazing feedback.
Seeing the feedback, Malik teamed up with John Dillinger, best known for his work with Chinx Drugz and French Montana on “Feelings”, and Jerome Clayton, best known for his role with the band, Malado!, in the success of VH1’s You Oughta Know: Make A Band Famous in the finale, out of The Stu 413/860 to create, produce and release his first project, So Gone Mixtape, in March 2015.
In September of 2015, Malik started working on two projects simultaneously to follow up his mixtape with an EP, Dear Someone, which released online in March of 2016 and began working on his first full-length project.
“My goal is to make sure I get my recognition of bringing back the R&B/Soul sound that I feel isn’t represented in music today. I know I may not be the “Top 100 Sexiest Men”, but I feel like my music speaks to you and that is what matters, that connection,” Malik says in a self -aware manner, “I use composing music as my therapy, it helps me get over anything I’m battling…break ups are my favorite thing to write about I can format ways of being heartbroken in many different ways. Ultimately, real experiences make real music.”
For Malik his drive for creating music is simply summed up in 3 reasons; support family & loved ones, to inspire others and express himself artistically without limits. No barrier can’t be broken and all things are possible with God.
“I just want to create a legendary status of music that can live on forever!” – Malik James
Releases that you need
Take a listen to Malik James in anticipation of his first full-length commercial project.
So Gone Mixtape