Attending college on an athletic scholarship and excelling as a running back, he was sidelined by an injury. Gravitating toward musical endeavors, he began shooting performance videos in his college dorm room, and sharing them with an online audience. “I always wanted to be a singer and to do it full throttle,” Malik says. “I thought, ‘What if I took all the effort I’d put into football and transferred it over to music?’” Malik’s uncle, producer and industry executive Edward “E-Dub” Rios offered him an opportunity to work in the studio as a vocalist on songwriter demos. In the recording booth, it became apparent that Malik possessed both the enthralling power to interpret songs and the necessary charisma to connect them to listeners.
A melodic approach was crafted that acknowledged Malik’s essential influences – from Latin crooners to Sade and Portishead - to showcase his undeniable musical signature. As videos reveal, his lithe athleticism is perfect for the camera, and his captivating voice resonates with both experience and innocence. With his spirit of competition intact, Malik is ready for the next step. “I want to win.” He concludes.
“I take that attitude into music, to challenge myself to be better, and to achieve success in everything that I do. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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