18th November | O2 Academy
This year Mahalia Burkmar released her debut album Love and Compromise. For many artists, this would be the natural milestone of their career, but her journey started a lot sooner than most musicians. At just thirteen years old, she was signed to major label Asylum Records, who boast the likes of Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX and Metallica. On 9th July 2012, Ed Sheeran tweeted Mahalia playing a live version of ‘Let The World See The Light’, and he invited her on tour later that year.
Since releasing her first EP, Never Change in 2015, she has released various singles and projects over the years. She collaborated with Rudimental on ‘We The Generation’ and played the role of Thea in 2016 UK crime film, Brotherhood. In 2017, she brought ‘Sober’ to the table, which she wrote about drunk-dialling an ex-lover. The lyrics alone were viewed 250,000 times on Genius while the live video racked up 36 million views on YouTube.
This summer, her single ‘Simmer’ (featuring Burna Boy) climbed to number 34 in the UK R&B chart, her highest charting song yet. Yet the biggest responses she has received are from her live performance videos online, begging the question: why would you want to miss Mahalia on tour? See you at the O2 Academy on Monday.
See the video for ‘Simmer’ (feat. Burna Boy) here: