Growing up surrounded by music, Mahalia found her voice and was playing open mic nights by the tender age of 12. By the time she was 13, she was being championed by none other than man-of-the-moment Ed Sheeran, who asked her to support him on tour. Mahalia soon thereafter signed to Ed’s label Asylum. Keen to continue her studies before working on a debut album, Mahalia has spent the past few years building a distinguished live reputation, providing perfect support to Emeli Sande, Kwabs, Kehlani, Lianne La Havas, Frances, as well as stunning audiences at festivals including The Great Escape, Latitude, and Glastonbury, and events such as TEDxTeen earlier this year. 2016 also saw Mahalia’s acting debut in the final chapter of Noel Clarke’s trilogy of films "Brotherhood".

Mahalia joined the Hackney collective Rudimental on stage for special performances of their title track ‘We The Generation’ – which she co-wrote and is a featured artist on – on Jools Holland and at Lovebox festival. After an initial support slot with Ady Suleiman in 2015, Mahalia returned as main support for his UK headline autumn tour in 2016, performing tracks from "Diary of Me" live, before heading back to the studio to start work on her debut album.

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