Melaku’s music is both classic and modern, merging the sounds of the 50s, 60s, and 70s with contemporary pop. His soulful and uplifting debut album “Golden Age” was released on 11/11 last year. The album was a critical success, receiving praise from publications like With Guitars Magazine, Tattoo Magazine, Indie Source, The Big Takeover, and For Folk’s Sake. A singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Melaku played and recorded the entire 12 song album himself in his Northern California hometown studio.
Before embarking on his solo career, Melaku interned at Jive Records, SONY Music for the A&R for Britney Spears. While still in college in New York at Columbia University, he honed his songwriting skills as a “topliner” in the music industry, working with producers for acts like Ke$ha, Flo Rida, B.o.B, Jacob Lattimore, Collie Buddz, and labels like Universal Motown, Atlantic Records, Tulsa Records, Easy Star Records, and G Note. After graduating, Melaku moved to LA to continue pursuing songwriting, hoping it would transition to an artist career.
Before his star rose, however, Melaku was beset with health problems that derailed his ambitions and lead him into a dark night of the soul. Years later, Melaku emerged from the ashes by focusing all of his energy on developing spiritually, and finding his true purpose. Realigned to his childhood dream of having a career as a solo artist, Melaku launched his independent record label, Angellion Records, as well as Mowbray Studio in Santa Cruz.
Filled with passion, purpose, and dedication, Melaku is ready to take on 2019 with his unique brand of “Spiritual Pop.” His music is cross-generational, and imbued with a wholesomeness and integrity that hearkens back to a “golden age” of ethics, morality, and high principles. Not finding this kind of message in the current Pop landscape, Melaku decided to create what he wanted to hear himself.
Fun fact; each song on his debut album “Golden Age” corresponds with a chakra, starting with the root chakra…the song is accordingly called “Red Room,” and is about meeting a girl at a bar. Skip to the end of the record on “As Above So Below” and Melaku is talking about revelations, constellations, and pyramids…
Melaku’s goal is to “free more free thinkers.” He is now working on a new EP called “Ride To Nowhere.”
“...A breath of fresh life into sounds of the past with his uplifting and spiritual music.”
“Golden Age...is a ready-made, tightly coherent package of unadulterated, artful pop.”
“The album contains some of the best written pop songs on the planet today.”
“...A big year is in store for Melaku”