Singer-songwriter better known by his stage name Mali Music. His first mainstream album Mali Is... was nominated for a Best Urban Contemporary Album Grammy in 2014.
He sang in church choirs when he was a child and packed the pews when he played the keyboard. He played high school football and was hoping for a scholarship to college that never came.
He was briefly signed under Akon's music label Konvict.
He considers his stepfather his inspiration. He has two sisters and his mother became his manager.
He was featured as the first inspirational musician on BET's Music Matters. His friend J. Cole followed.