Mali Music (singer)

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Mali Music
Birth name Kortney Jamaal Pollard
Also known as Jamaal Pollard
Born (1988-01-12) January 12, 1988 (age 26)[1]
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Origin Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Gospel, R&B, hip hop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, bass
Years active 2008–present
Labels Bystorm, Konvict, RCA
Associated acts Tye Tribbett, Akon

Kortney Jamaal Pollard (born January 12, 1988), who performs under the stage name Mali Music,[2] is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer. His two independently released albums, The Coming (2008) and The 2econd Coming (2009), earned him much critical and underground acclaim.[3] In 2011, he was the first inspirational artist to be a part of BET's acclaimed "Music Matters" series.[4] Signed to RCA Records in 2013,[5] Mali released the single "Beautiful"[6] in anticipation of his first major album release Mali is..., which was released on June 17, 2014.[7]

Pollard was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He learned to play the piano at age 5 and at age 11 was active in the ministry of music in his church.[8] In 2011, he signed a short lived contract with Akon's label Konvict Muzik.[9]


  1. ^ "Biography: AllMusic". Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dougall, Dreux (October 29, 2011). "5 Questions with Gospel Star Mali Music on His Debut & Meeting Akon". Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bobby Jones Gospel Welcomes Mali Music". BET. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mali Music Debuts New Video & Single ‘The Job Experience’ on BET". October 18, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mali Music Signs With RCA". Bonnerfide Radio. March 5, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mali Music Brings 'Beautiful' To 'Queen Latifah Show'". March 25, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Patrick, Kris (March 20, 2014). "Mali Music Performs on American Idol at the Request of Jennifer Lopep". Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ Rimmer, Mike (January 11, 2011). "Mali Music: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Georgia". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Akon Signs Gospel Rapper Mali Music To Konvict Label". Vibe. November 1, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 

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