Christmas cover video: Malaika

It’s a fun Christmas cover from rising Soul/Jazz/Pop singer-songwriter Malaika. She’s recently supported Jones, won at The Unsigned Music Awards and played Montreal Jazz Fest with BBC introducing.

Ahead of her first official single release in Jan 2017, the young singer/songwriter drops a playful, stripped back cover of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Originally hailing from Belfast and now residing in Leeds, Malaika’s saccharine vocals and jazz inspired melodies have quickly turned heads across the UK.

After winning ‘Best Jazz/Blues Act’ at this year’s Unsigned Music Awards last month and supporting pop-soul sensation JONES on some of her Autumn tour dates, it’s no surprise why so many industry insiders are tipping Malaika as ‘one to watch’ for 2017.

Support from BBC Introducing, PRS Music Foundation and funding from The Arts Council have all helped kick start her burgeoning career. A journey which started last year after being handpicked by Jamie Cullum to perform at The Montreal International Jazz Festival  which quickly led to other support slots for Mica Paris and X Factor Finalist Luke Friend.

Hotly tipped singer-songwriter Malaika drops Jazz-Soul tinged cover of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

Her 2 releases ‘Beat Out Of Time’ and ‘Call Me Honey’, have been championed by BBC Introducing, Huw Stephens at Radio 1, Jamie Cullum at Radio 2, BBC Radio Leeds and influential YouTube channel Ont’ Sofa who had her guest perform live version of the tracks, these showcase her vocal and guitar talents in the live setting.

Her first official single is out late Jan.

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