A mixture of fellow musicians such as Bruno Mars and Sam Smith with the lyrical foresight of Talib Kweli.”

Jessica Golich, Tattoo.com

"A breath of fresh life into sounds of the past with his uplifting and spiritual music."”

Aaron Escobedo, With Guitars Magazine


Melaku is a solo artist, songwriter, and record producer.  Raised in a small beach town in northern California, Melaku began writing and singing as early as 5, picked up the drums at 10, and started recording himself at 13, later moving on to recording with bands and artists in the area.  Melaku went to Columbia University in New York City for college, and studied Sociology and Business Management, but continued recording songs in his dorm on campus. 

After interning at SONY Music, Jive Records, his original songs landed him a management deal that lead to writing songs with producers for artists like Ke$ha, Flo Rida, B.o.B, Jacob Lattimore, Collie Buddz and various major and independent labels like Universal Motown, Atlantic Records, Tulsa Records, Easy Star Records, and G Note.  After graduating, Melaku spent many summers in LA in writing sessions, while defining his own sound as an artist. 

In 2018, Melaku released his debut album "Golden Age,” which he has started writing in 2012, after a series of spiritual revelations.  In 2019,  he released his sophomore album "Dream World"  The albums received positive coverage from publications like With Guitars Magazine, Tattoo Magazine, The Indie Source, The Big Takeover, For Folk's Sake, BuzzMusic, AnR Factory, and Consequence Of Sound. 

In 2020, Melaku's single "Paradise" charted on indie radio around the USA, on stations like WVYC in York, PA, WNIA in Rocky Mount, NC, WDCE in Richmond, VA, WMXM in Lake Forest, IL, KRUA in Anchorage, AK, WXIN in Providence, RI, and WRTC in Hartford, CT. 

In 2021, Melaku is continuing in the “pursuit of catchiness” - creating music that nods to the classic sounds of the past, while remaining firmly rooted in the present.