Mali Music (singer)

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Mali Music
Background information
Birth name Kortney Jamaal Pollard
Also known as Jamaal Pollard
Born (1988-01-12) January 12, 1988 (age 29)[1]
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Origin Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Gospel, R&B, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, bass
Years active 2008–present
Labels Bystorm, Konvict, RCA
Associated acts Tye Tribbett, Akon, Kirk Franklin, Lecrae

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] and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.[8]

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.[9] In 2011, he signed a short lived contract with Akon's label Konvict Muzik.[10]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and peak chart position
Title Album details Peak chart position
The Coming
The 2econd Coming
Mali Is... 16 2
The Transition of Mali 117 49 14


  • "Beautiful" (2013)
  • "Contradiction" featuring Jhene Aiko (2016)
  • "Digital" (2016) -Clash


  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 Lopez". Retrieved April 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Rimmer, Mike (January 11, 2011). "Mali Music: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Georgia". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Akon Signs Gospel Rapper Mali Music To Konvict Label". Vibe. November 1, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2014.