You may recognize her as the woman who
brought down the house in her latest show at
Sammy’s Patio, or you may even be a fan
already. That’s because Malaika Coleman is
starting to turn heads in the Boston music
scene as one of the city’s up-in-coming
Coleman describes her style as R&B with
a pop edge. She’s inspired equal parts by
artists such as Brandy, Jojo and Janet
Jackson, and pop artists like
Beyoncé, Britney spears, Rihanna, and
Jennifer Hudson. Whatever category you put
her in, Coleman is the full package: soulful
singer, talented dancer, and accomplished
The fact that Coleman composes all her own
music sets her apart. She says she bases all
of her lyrics off of personal experiences or
stories she has heard from friends and
family. Sometimes she’ll start with a
lyrical idea and other times with a catchy
beat or a hook. Coleman says she has been
writing songs “as long as I can remember,”
and the experience shows. Originals on her
SoundCloud are generating hundreds and in
some case thousands of plays. Clearly,
people are taking notice.
Coleman hopes to become a big name in the
music world, and she’s working hard to make
her dream come true. By day, Coleman studies
communications at Bunker Hill Community
College and works helping teens at a
non-profit. In every spare moment, she is
hard at work scheduling shows, writing new
material, and studying at Bristol, where she
has been a student for almost a year.
At a recent show, an excited fan came up to
Coleman and expressed how one of Coleman’s
songs helped her thorough a difficult time.
The fan knew every word by heart and
excitedly tweeted Coleman on Facebook and
Twitter. To Coleman, having this kind of
impact is what being a recording artist is
all about. If she keeps going at this pace,
there is no doubt that Coleman will continue
to influence more and more fans in this way.
Malaika Coleman recently showcased at Oberon
Theater in Cambridge.
Watch out for upcoming performances!