“If you want true peace, it begins with ourselves, our families, our friends, our nation, and then worldwide.” With this visionary statement, New York-born singer-songwriter Mayer Malik reveals his mission to heal the world through music.
Music has always been an imperative part of Malik’s life. His grandmother gave him a violin when he was 3 years old. This was the turning point for Malik where began his life-long love of melody. As an adolescent, Malik stumbled upon an electric bass while rummaging through the attic of his stepfather's New York City pizza shop. Continuing his love of stringed instruments, while in high school the musician decided to pick up a guitar and after much persistence, he took guitar lessons from Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter C Lanzbom.
After graduating high school, 17-year-old Malik packed his bags and relocated to Israel. Yearning for mental liberation, the musician spent his time hitchhiking, journaling and crafting poems inspired by his surroundings. While on this quest, Malik supplemented his income by singing for tour groups, which eventually led to performing in front of 100,000 soldiers. He became known as the “Face of Jerusalem.”
Around the same time, Malik had the life-changing opportunity to share the stage with Grammy Award-winning Alicia Keys in Jerusalem. This event led to additional tv show appearances and several write ups, boosting Malik’s popularity in the area.
The next several years brought the budding artist to even higher levels of success. The artist gained the attention of former Geffen Music and Interscope Music President Ronny Vance (Tupac, Gwen Stefani, Stalbumhen Sondheim). Under Vance’s mentorship, Malik released his debut album, DEAR GOD, in 2018 under the moniker, YM. The album achieved great success, including charting on Billboard’s Christian Chart and Mid-Atlantic chart peaking at #17 and #5 respectively, all without any marketing. While promoting the album, Malik had the opportunity to tour throughout the Americas, United Kingdom, Europe, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway performing at popular venues in all the major cities.
After the 2020 global pandemic forced Malik to cut his promotional tour short and return home, Malik continued to develop his unique musical style. That same year, Malik met Dutch producer Boaz van De Beatz (Diplo, Mike Posner) who empowered the artist to build his own home studio. Recorded at Beatz studio, Malik’s upcoming album sets out to inspire listeners to enjoy all the beauty the world has to offer. Through his new body of work, Malik continues his mission to help create peace, sharing with the world his message that “there is no shame in shining, from one side of the world to the other.”