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Carolyn Malachi


Carolyn Malachi is a GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer from Washington, D.C. Her vocal talents, breathtaking live performances, and songwriting acumen have generated global excitement about American art. Using her music and social media platforms as forces for good, Malachi advocates for equal access to education and technology.

In 2016, she kicked off a Black History Month college tour with Amtrak, as well as a jazz education and exchange tour in Haiti. In addition, she released a new album, RISE: Story 1, inspired by her transition to life as a full-time artist.

Malachi and her all-women band were sponsored by the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Entertainment to provide morale support for American and joint-force service members in Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates in October 2017.

Watch Past Performances

Video 7/7/2018: Roadwork's 40th Anniversary: Three Voices

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates Roadwork’s 40th anniversary as a D.C.-based multiracial coalition that puts women artists on the road locally and globally, with a performance featuring D.C. artists Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell, Be Steadwell, and Carolyn Malachi. Founded in 1978 by women leaders from African American civil rights, women’s, global justice, and lesbian-feminist movements, Roadwork aims at transforming consciousness and creating new movements in global arts and social justice.  You can learn more about Roadwork here.

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Video 12/30/2016: Carolyn Malachi

Grammy Award®–nominated vocalist, songwriter, and hit maker Carolyn Malachi performs music from her new album, RISE: Story 1.

Video 9/29/2013: Carolyn Malachi

The Grammy®-nominated D.C. vocalist brings her unique blend of jazz, hip-hop, blues, and R&B to the stage.