(Photo: Twitter/Mali Music)
Christian R&B/soul singer Mali Music.
Mali Music, an undeniably talented and inspiring Christian singer who ditched the gospel niche to find "freedom" in the mainstream music industry last year through a deal with RCA Records, released his first R&B/soul album with the company last week, but maintains that he is still on "assignment from God" despite critics arguing that he isn't.
"Sittin' back, reflecting on one of the most memorable days of my life!! A lot has happened and there's EVEN MORE to come. I'm grateful for and focused on my assignment from God. So stay tuned.it's gonna be a BEAUTIFUL journey!" wrote the 26-year-old singer whose real name is Kortney Jamaal Pollard on his Facebook page Sunday.
Mali Music, who released his first mainstream album with RCA on June 17, says many Christians were surprised when he announced he was going mainstream and made hurtful pronouncements on his decision without fully understanding what he would be doing.
"Initially it was a shock. No one knew what was going on. Especially with the second coming, my first album, was heavy, heavy, heavy gospel, spirit-filled content, " he explained in an interview with the Yolanda Adams Morning Show last October.
"Going from singing lyrics like 'all the glory belongs to you oh God' to what they (fans) don't know. But all they know is that I probably won't be singing that next to Akon…They think it was really bad and I was hurt, " he said.
Yolanda Adams Morning Show
He says he went mainstream because the deal with RCA allowed him to reach and inspire more people with the message he was already sharing with the proverbial choir.
"I went mainstream because it was a wonderful opportunity. I love gospel music. I grew up listening to it. I have a lot of wonderful friends who are into gospel music but there is this unspoken ceiling on top of it like we only know that there is so far that we can go and I didn't want to settle for that, " he told the Yolanda Adams Morning Show.
"And I guess that it is the second or next generation's job to push the envelope and create a greater avenue for our sons and for our children to be able to go. And I thought it would be great for the kingdom. Great for the ministry and great for my life, " he said.
"I wanted to be able to have an opportunity to [reach] statuses with people I admire like your James Browns, Bob Marleys, and Michael Jacksons and in order to do it, I had to enter into the professional industry that they were in, " said the 26-year-old.
Central Square World's Fair this weekend!
Here's the schedule, for all interested:
Cambridge Central Square World's Fair Schedule â¢ September 25 , 2005
Green Street Grill Stage (Mass. Ave)
Wanetta Jackson 3:00 â 4:00
Lawrence D. Butch Morris Conduction
Mighty Clouds of Joy 5:15 â 6:00
Middle East Stage (Mass Ave / hosted by Shred)
Emergency Music ............................................ 12:00
Rocket Science ................................................. 1:00
The Rudds .....