Mahalia Simpson captivated the judges and the country with her enchanting audition performance of Corinne Bailey Rae’s Like A Star on Australia’s X Factor 2015. Mahalia began to showcase her songwriting at intimate shows around NZ and Australia once her unreleased music gained close to 40,000 followers on Soundcloud. She’s headlined Australia’s Thredbo Jazz Festival and Surfers Paradise Festival, featured on popular YouTube channel “Sofar Sounds”, and opened for artists like Fatai, Bailey Wiley and Dionne Warwick.
Named after gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, she is the youngest of eight kids, all of whom helped influence her musical style and taste. Inspired by the likes of India Arie, Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone. Mahalia dreams of one day releasing her own body of work to best represent her talents.