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 pop artist from Santa Cruz, CA.  A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, he writes and records his music in his hometown recording studio, Mowbray Studio, and releases the music on his independent record label, Angellion Records. 

Music was always a part of Melaku’s life, as he began writing and singing as early as 4 or 5, picked up the drums at 10, and started recording himself at 13, later moving on to recording with bands and artists in his local 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. 

Melaku released his debut album "Golden Age” in 2018, and his sophomore album “Dream World” in 2019.  The self-produced albums received positive coverage from publications like With Guitars Magazine, Tattoo Magazine, The Indie Source, Buss Music, AnR Factory, and Consequence Of Sound.   In 2020, Melaku is continuing in his “Pursuit Of Catchiness,” creating music that pulls from the past but looks to the future.