NSC Spotlight Artist: Maleke O’Ney
by Darrien DeVaughn
As one of the opening acts for Eric Roberson a couple of weeks ago on Frances Jaye’s monthly Head Space Series, I got a chance to listen to Maleke O’Ney’s music up close. The Atlanta based Singer/Songwriter says she is a “Walking Oxymoron” when it comes to her style. She says her music is “honest and soul inspirational.” From the age of 4 to her early teen years, she was in a touring gospel group that her parents formed. Maleke discovered Blues on a Saturday morning at her grandparents house after not really having been exposed to anything but gospel for most of her life. She credit’s Chaka Khan and Prince as some of her biggest influencers. Maleke had a recording contract in 2000 but was subsequently dropped from the label which prompted her move to Atlanta where she would take matters into her own hands. From there she released her freshman EP called The Reintroduction in 2014 and followed it up with a trilogy set called the 3-Mix Sessions. Now, as a member of the ATL Collective( an all star cast of musicians and artists in the soulful city), her new project CONFESSIONS OF A PENTECOSTAL GIRL gives us some of her best work. Some of my favorites are the Jill Scott infused OVER HERE, NEVER MIND LOVE and the title track PENTECOSTAL GIRL which details who she is as a person. Maleke has opened for Janelle Monae, Jesse Fisher, Julie Dexter and Loose Ends. In addition, she has written for UK artists Dego and Daz I Kue. Maleke is also a business woman and a avid Tea drinker. Her M.O.M( Mind Over Matters) Enterprises is her passion and you can find her items on the M.O.M website. She says ” I’m a strong advocate for physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. Heal or be healed is one of my favorite mottos.” Ms. O’Ney says her mission is to #BeLove and she definitely is so.