Melvin C aka Blaqmel

Artist / Band / Musician
Melvin McKnight means soul. Melvin McKnight means funky rhythm. Melvin

McKnight means acoustic and electric guitar and full-bodied vocals.

Melvin McKnight means stage and studio experience.

On the professional music scene for ten years Melvin

feels a sense of history has emerged from his playing. "I want

to show people that I respect where I came from while at the same time

giving them something new to think about." Mr. McKnight has been doing

just that with own band, Malicious Soul, which has been playing the New

Jersey circuit for the past three years.

Malicious Soul, the funky quartet fronted by Mr. McKnight, is an

incestuous marriage of soul music and R&B. The New Brunswick-based

group consistently packs the house, and its monthly residency at

Makeda's brings fans from all over the state. Mr. McKnight's catchy

originals are woven seamlessly into the fabric of classic material from

Prince, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway.

Malicious Soul, which is composed of students and alumni of the

Julliard School, Berklee School of Music, and Mason Gross School of the

Arts, provides a stunning display of musicianship as well as laying

down pure, unadulterated funk.

But Malicious Soul is not all that Mr. McKnight has to offer. He has a

flourishing solo career as well, performing explosive acoustic sets at

cafes and similar venues. His songwriting shows a mature social

understanding with a symbiotic balance of strength and timidity. His

lyrics are accessible and his textured arrangements aren't overstated.

Mr. McKnight is also an experienced studio session musician, having

laid guitar tracks for TM Stevens, Pras of the Fugees, and Lil' Flip.

Mr. McKnight has also performed with TM Stevens' touring band, the

Trammps, and most recently, John Legend.

Studio, stage, history, future, electric, acoustic, guitar, vocals: you

find it all in Melvin McKnight. And you find Melvin McKnight in all

that he does.
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