9/20: Mahalia at Lincoln Hall
|Date:||September 20, 2022|
Christened with many Grammy, BRIT, Soul Train and MTV Push nominations over the years, as well as two MOBO-wins for for Best Female Act, and Best R&B/Soul Act, Mahalia still proves that beyond the accolades, an overarching dedication to persistence is what’s driven her to look inward, grow and ultimately challenge herself with each and every release to date. Her upcoming EP, Letter To Your Ex, is an example of the culmination of the artistic development she sometimes inherited, but other times self-initiated under her years at Asylum/Atlantic. “I’m so much more present now, I had to reconnect with everything and I just wanted to do this concept, really toying with my ‘partners’ ex dynamic and storytelling.”
‘In The Club’ places Mahalia on new ground, a footing she was placed into by her partner also. Interpolating the number, and half-singing, half-rapping, Mahalia’s fuller and extended runs demonstrate her robust offering in 2022 whilst eloquently conveying her rap alter-ego. “I’m really proud of that song,” she notes. Mahalia additionally leans into other sides of R&B’s expansive ecosystem, this time infusing a smokey version of neo-soul, on ‘Whatever Simon Says’. Heavily conversational in her approach, Mahalia toys with her tone here, making the song feel as close to a direct response to someone as possible.
The EP’s closer ‘Letter To Your Next’ centres the woman, and follows in the conversational framing lyrically, across a minimalist piano, Mahalia’s pure and passionate execution, is a potent example of her ascending into her artistic prime. Working extensively with JD Reid, alongside additional talent such as Cadenza Letter To Your Ex, informs Mahalia’s next arcs of her career, which she’s loosely described as ‘Mahalia 2.0’. “I’m definitely in [2.0] phase now,” she affirms. “I’m not questioning anything anymore, I feel like I’m able to communicate exactly how I feel and exactly who I am now.”
Even with her legion of 3.8M monthly Spotify listeners, there’s more territory to break. “I’m almost glad ‘Love and Compromise’ didn’t go completely sky high, it’s given me room to keep developing, keep growing and go higher than I’ve ever been before. I’m so ready to bridge the gap now, I feel like I’m absolutely playing the long-game.”
Tuesday, September 20, doors at 7 p.m. CST.
Lincoln Hall (2424 N Lincoln Ave.)
HOW TO ATTEND:
Tickets are $25 advance, $30 day of show. Available online here, or at lh-st.com.