Kortney Jamaal Pollard (born January 12, 1988), who performs under the stage name Mali Music, is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer. His two independently released albums, The Coming (2008) and The 2econd Coming (2009), earned him much critical and underground acclaim. In 2011, he was the first inspirational artist to be a part of BET’s acclaimed “Music Matters” series. Signed to RCA Records in 2013, Mali released the single “Beautiful” in anticipation of his first major album release Mali Is…, which was released on June 17, 2014 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Given Mali’s announcement that his next musical project would not be a “gospel” CD, we were a little hesitant to list. It is true, Mali does not mention the name of Jesus, something very present in previous offerings, yet, you can still hear his Christian foundation shine through. We do hope he realizes that much of his “fame” came because there are Christians who want to hear a “new song” with a pure gospel beat, flavor, and message. Along with biblical references, Mali appears to stay true to his Christian roots.