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mali-music-thumb-473xauto-9477We have witnessed his Contemporary Christian sound, displaying his level of musicianship and conglomeration of styles, genres and textures when it comes to music. He is none other than Mali Music. After releasing smash hits like, “Yahweh” and “Ready Aim,” Mali Music is set to release a secular album that will appeal to the mainstream. But what has sparked the shift from Gospel to mainstream? Mali Music simply states, “I went mainstream because it was a wonderful opportunity.” He was recently on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, so check out Mali Music as he explains his shift, and hear what he had to say about the unspoken ceiling in Gospel music in this exclusive interview.

The Interview: Mali Music Interview on Yolanda Adams Morning Show

About Mali Music:

Mali Music’s versatility is without limitation. His performances cover all music from gospel to big band jazz to romantic ballads. He particularly enjoys singing “oldies”, a refreshing surprise considering his youth. It comes as no surprise; his love for music is largely influenced by legendary music lovers like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding. Mali’s original music is easily defined as Contemporary Christian. His sound, heavily inspired by the word of musical geniuses Bilal and D’Angelo, is free, boundless, and uninhibited. Beyond bold, his stage presence is captivating, and his energy infectious. Each track and lyric tells a new story – expect elements of surprise! Though he remains unrestricted as a musician, artist, songwriter, and producer, his passion lies in creating powerful, effective contemporary Christian music that stretches its genre. [Excerpt from NuthinButGospel.com]

Check out Mali Music:

“Yahweh”

 

“Ready Aim”

 

What’s Your Take?

What do you think about Mali Music’s shift to mainstream/secular music?

Considering his unconventional Gospel sound, do you think it’s really a shift or just an expansion of his musical sound?

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Cardiogal
Cardiogal

Sounds like a lukewarm move to me.  Either you are for Christ or for the Devil, never the two shall meet.

sboykinds
sboykinds

Oh GOD this is NOT Good. Praying for him.. DANGEROUS GROUND!

letsrightmusic
letsrightmusic

okay... final thought...as Believers, we have to be careful to not try to finish what was begun in the Spirit in our own flesh.  Making a "name" or "getting props" for ourselves by seizing opportunities is dangerous.  We have to be okay with be "unknown" and trust YHWH to exalt in due season - even if not until eternity.  Mixing seed has always been a caution from Our Father, and mixing seeds of secular with Truth in essence is producing an adulterated product.  This is not who Mali Music is - he has from his start purposed to remain unadulterated, by his own confession, Spirit-led / Spirit-filled. When one goes into certain deals, one has to carefully consider with whom you're making covenant and what "spirit" is at work, for light and dark can not be in fellowship in that way.  While secular allows for going "beyond the ceiling", so was the vision for the building of the tower of babel... and we know what Our Father did in that case.  Oh, how I again will be in prayer for his protection - I'm not just a fan of his music, but his sister in the faith, and oh boy, I'm concerned with a righteous love for our dear brother Mali.

letsrightmusic
letsrightmusic

I honestly am disappointed.  I realize the trick of the enemy to deceive, distract and deter YHWH's Warriors (Mali is certainly one) is at work.  There is no biblical Scripture that supports his decision.  Rather, the ceiling he spoke of was likely for his own protection.  That ceiling he is breaking through appears to be more for his own interest, vs. to exalt the ONE who sent him in the first place.  That secular route is a slippery slope and very few that choose that road make it back...

VanessiaMorgan
VanessiaMorgan

To be honest I ONLY listen to Gospel. No I'm not trying to be SUPER SAVED but I do have to be careful of what I allow into my spirit via people, music, tv, etc... Granted there is a time and place for everything (like when I get married I won't be listening to Beverly Crawford lol). However,  I don't see the point of having to walk hand in hand with the WORLD in order to "GAIN" them that to me has always been an excuse for you to just do what YOU wanted to do! Every "GOOD" idea isn't necessarily a "GOD" idea! There at some point must be a SEPARATION! That doesn't mean that you have to look down upon someone but you don't necessarily have to subject yourself into any unnecessary temptation either. If he feels like he can go into "their" territory and still have God's light shine without it being defiled then that's good but he must remember WHO HE REPRESENTS.... there is a fine line and it gets blurred quite often these days...

CarlaCannon
CarlaCannon

I personally LOVE & enjoy Mali's music & honestly see this as an opportunity for him to gain greater exposure as a Gospel artist. I always felt he never really received the props he deserved for his gifts. However, what may scare or uplift the eye brows of many is that nowadays so many people are compromising and we see Mali as an authentic & anointed brother therefore we were like HUH???when out of all people he chose to do a song with Akon. I actually understand kind of why he chose Akin because he is a talented brother but the fact that he's not a Gospel artist & his track records& lyrics many were like HUH??? Lol Its almost like when PJ Morton (son of Bishop Paul S Morton) signed to Cash Money that threw many for a loop. It's almost like Mary Mary doing a song with Nicki Minaj!! Lmbo I'm just saying!! My take is let's see what happens. 

DevonJonesWilkins
DevonJonesWilkins

I think it could be ok as long as it's properly done. Most saints don't only listen to gospel (who is trying to hear Stomp during a romantic dinner?). While we don't always talk about God, our conversation should always be godly, As long as he bears in mind he is a Christian first and a performer second, he should be fine.