ImSoMaleek a Wyclef Jean protegé from Brooklyn, will be releasing his debut album, Insomniak, later next month. No stranger to the world of music, ImSoMaleek was lead singer in a band with his two older brothers 3on3 and also appeared in the Broadway Musical Lion King as well as venturing into other music endeavours.
With the guiding hand of Wyclef Jean and drawing from influences such as Usher, Frank Ocean and Justin Timberlake, ImSoMaleek brings out a solid debut album, blending R&B, soul, while adding touches of pop, and drawing on his roots in classical training.
Tipped to become a familiar name in the R&B world, as well as the world of popular music, this debut album is overall a fine achievement. The album has a smooth flowing contemporary sound with stand out tracks including, Sometimes ft. Oswin Benjamin, and Raindrops, a ballad with poignant lyrics and which best displays his vocal talents. Overall, a compelling debut from someone who we will probably see a lot more of in the future.
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Solid indie-pop track taken from ‘The Parade’ album
With a soulful vocal and a clean, commercial indie-pop sound, Wayne William is a solo artist from Malta with buckets of talent. His entirely self-produced album – impressively recorded and captured in his own ‘WM’ Studio – was released earlier this year to strong reviews, and the latest single ‘Don’t Fade Away’ is set to enhance that reputation further.
His smooth style is hard to ignore, ‘Don’t Fade Away’ is an indie-pop treat that’s not afraid to tug on your heartstrings. You can check out the video here:
The single is taken from ‘The Parade’, an album described by Skope Magazine as ‘a powerhouse’ and one that introduced a much wider audience to the songwriter. With more material on the way, this could very well be only the beginning for Wayne William.
It’s been a busy two years for Wayne. In addition to putting together album ‘The Parade’, the last couple of years has seen him get married, launch his own studio, work with other artists to record their own material as well as finding the time organise charity gigs to raise awareness and money for childrens’ cancer groups. He will also compete in this year’s Eurovision, representing Malta as part of the band Firelight.
Raised in a musical family, it comes as little surprise that music was the path that Wayne William would take. And with ‘The Parade’ out now alongside the excellent new single, this is one radio-friendly singer-songwriter who is sure to turn heads.