Venue: The Loft
Wednesday, 7th March 2018
Doors: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Following her stomping performance at Whelans last month, Mahalia has announced a return to Dublin with a date for The Grand Social on 7th March 2018
A storyteller at heart, Mahalia’s unassuming song writing manages to express an instinctively innocent gift for melody with a mature complexity in composition and a natural affinity for imaginative narratives. This is subtle and delicate music emboldened by exultant choruses and a vocal that is both sparingly sweet and refreshingly raw. There is nothing forced about Mahalia’s music and it is testament to her innate talent that she has been championed by Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, while enlisting esteemed producers including Supa Dups (Rihanna, Bruno Mars), 1985 (Drake, Nicki Minaj) and Steve Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith) for her EP and debut album.
“I want my music to feel like a diary of my teenage years. Some of the songs I write might seem as though they’re about romantic love, but I write about friendships, family, bullying. Not all songs are what they seem. The one thing I want people to take from my music is a sense of honesty,” Mahalia points out. “I always aim to be honest, real and relatable, My biggest fear is for someone to listen to my music and think I’m not being truthful.”
It’s what makes Mahalia such a truly exciting prospect; like Adele, Amy or Ed before her, Mahalia doesn’t attempt to chase hit singles or court the cool crowd. She’s a real teenager writing real music that’s relatable regardless of age. “I’m a 17 year-old girl from the Midlands who likes to sing and write songs,” she says simply. “I know I’m still young and I’ve got a lot to learn about life and love, but I want to evolve through my writing like artists before me have done. Even though I’ve been singing for five years, I feel like my journey is just beginning.”