Maleke O’Ney album Release w/ Jill Rock Jones 7/6/18Friday, July 06 2018 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
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Maleke O’Ney album Release w/ Jill Rock Jones 7/6/18
Born in Panama City, Florida and raised in Washington DC. Sultry Soul singer, Maleke O'gNey, was surrounded by all genres of art; Music is the medium that stuck.After the disappointment of being dropped from a major label in the late 90’s, Maleke took a brief hiatus from music but soon returned to her first love and life’s purpose with greater resolve. "Music was never a hobby; it has always been a way of life". Her mother is a writer and a vocalist who taught herself to play the bass. Her father is a guitarist, vocalist and visual artist who is also self-taught. When Maleke was a young girl, her parents formed a Gospel band that included Maleke, her two younger brothers and older cousin. Maleke O'Ney sang and played the keyboard. As she grew older, so did her thirst for music. Although her father allowed her to pen a song for the group to sing, her parents were very strict and their religious convictions did not allow Maleke O'Ney the liberty to express her desire to explore music outside of the church. She credits her grandparents, Geraldine and George, for introducing her to genres of music outside of the gospel realm.
"My Grandparents introduced me to The Blues and Funk and true Soul music like Bobby Womack; I soaked it all in. I was completely obsessed with Parliament, Prince and Marvin Gaye. My Grandmother even had me listening to Kenny Rogers and Julio Iglesias! It was magical. Those were some of the best times of my life. At home, I had to sneak and listen to music, but over there [Grandmother's house], I could just pick an album, lay on the living room floor and take it all in. It was my first taste of freedom."
This songbird's influences are so varied and broad in scope, yet she manages to authentically represent the Soul, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Rock, Pop and everything in between that she was attracted to as a young girl. Being exposed to Gospel first, then years later discovering other genres of music, gave her an
immediate affinity for music that made her "feel good"; as opposed to an attachment merely based on genre.That connection is how she approaches creating her own bodies of work. "I truly believe that the best music is music that makes you feel something", she says. In 2014 she released her freshman EP
entitled “The ReIntroduction” that received rave reviews and granted her International awareness. This project was the set-up for her labor of love and first full-length album, “Confessions of a Pentecostal Girl”. This album has already garnered the respect of industry elite and is being touted as “the break out album of the year.” Maleke O’Ney is a Soul Artist with Universal appeal; an entity that has been missing in the Music Industry for quite some time.
Maleke O'Ney's performance credits include sharing the stage with Janelle Monae, Anthony David, George Duke, Loose Ends, Edwin McCain,Ro James, BJ The Chicago Kid and a host of others. She has written and recorded with award winning producers and musicians and has released music with high profile Deejays Daz I Kue (Bugs in the Attic) and Frances Jaye (NeoSoul Café). Her life's experiences, deep-rooted spirituality, knowledge and appreciation of self have afforded her the understanding that there is a greater purpose than just to perform or record another pretty song.“With every lyric I write and every note I sing my objective is to make you feel something.”
"Ultimately, it isn't about me. None of this is about me. It's about the message and the message is love...and what better way to convey love than through feeling? Whenever anyone experiences my music, I just want them to feel what I felt the very first time I really and truly felt music. It's healing. Music is freedom."