Following her latest single “Jealous”, Mahalia returns with new single ‘Whenever You’re Ready’ co-written with MNEK
Mahalia shares, “I’m so gassed to be releasing this song. I remember the first time hearing Montell Jordan’s “Get it on tonight” in ‘Save the last dance’ when I was a kid. It’s been a song that has made me wanna dance ever since and sampling it in ‘Whenever you’re ready’ is really special to me. I had so much fun writing it with MNEK and Two Inch Punch. I was going through a breakup at the time and really wanted to capture this part of that process. It’s my new summer jam. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do!”
Subsequently, Mahalia also received a GRAMMY nomination for ‘All I Need’ – Jacob Collier’s single of which she features alongside US rapper, Ty Dolla $ign. Shortly after, Mahalia concluded the year with three MOBO nominations for ‘Best Female Act’, ‘Best R&B/Soul Act’ and ‘Album Of The Year’ for her debut album, ‘Love and Compromise’, winning in the first two categories.
MNEK the co-writer says: “I’ve known Mahalia for years. I resonate with her as someone who also started in this industry in my early teens and had to navigate and essentially develop professionally and personally at the same time in that way. There always has been something so special about what Mahalia brings to music & I’m glad the world is seeing it. Her pen, her voice, her vulnerability, her vibe – I love her and this song a lot.”
Reflection has been the thread running through Mahalia’s writing and while the current global situation offers little more than uncertainty, the singer hopes that her music will encourage her listeners to carve out time to also look back and re-evaluate: “We’re all fixated on how we can make ourselves better during and after this period of time but I want people to also reminisce on lovely or painful situations they’ve lived through and how they’ve helped shape the people they are now.”