Grammy nominee Mahalia has released her highly anticipated second album ‘IRL’ and it’s officially our summer soundtrack.
The singer has delivered a beautiful classic; effortlessly condensing any number of disparate styles and genres into music that thrillingly broaches any gap between Pop, Soul, and R&B. The album is a bold, brave, and courageous leap forward from her debut album ‘Love and Compromise’.
‘IRL’ is an album that speaks to the musical and emotional era of where Mahalia is now.
Including 9 brand-new, unheard tracks, the album also includes previously released singles; ‘Terms & Conditions’, ‘In My Bag’, ‘Ready’, and ‘Cheat’ feat. pop powerhouse JoJo.
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Through her music, she effortlessly weaves soul, contemporary R&B, and 70s in one intoxicating concoction. Passionate in her commitment to a heartfelt display of emotion, she combats the current trend in music of toxicity in this terrain and calls for a balance in perspectives. As a result, Mahalia says that “[This culture] has not allowed people to feel all-encompassing, suffocating emotions.”
Besides the awards and nominations, it’s also been a time of deep personal growth, one that Mahalia describes as a real rollercoaster in her personal and professional life. Reflection has been the thread running through Mahalia’s writing.
The singer hopes that her music will encourage her listeners to carve out time to also look back and re-evaluate.
“We’re all fixated on how we can make ourselves better but I want people to also reminisce on lovely or painful situations they’ve lived through and how they’ve helped shape the people they are now.”
The Ivor Novello nominee is one artist everyone needs to listen to.
Mahalia’s album ‘IRL’ is out now. The singer will perform at Vicar Street on Friday, October 13th.