From Washington, DC’s rich Blues, Jazz, Spoken Word, GoGo, and R&B music scene emerges Carolyn Malachi with a fresh blend of music that garners international praise, including MTV naming her an R&B artist “to obsess over”. GOLD, the follow-up to Carolyn Malachi’s Grammy-nominated single “Orion”, includes contemporary R&B radio hits “All Right” and “Fall Winter Spring Summer” which NPR named to its 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing list. Malachi uses her music and social media platforms as forces for good. She advocates for global access to education and technology through collaborations with The School Fund, GRAMMY U, and the Global Fund for Women.
RISE [Story 1], Carolyn Malachi’s new album was released in July  and is the first part of an album trilogy called Rise of the Modern Natural. In September , Chapter Two [Pretty Woman] will be released. Below is my interview with Carolyn Malachi about her new single “We Like Money”, her views on money, and her community outreach efforts.
Phillips: What inspired you to write ‘We Like Money’?
CM: When I travel the world to perform, I love listening to music of other cultures and hearing their sound. But whenever I travel to these countries, when we have jazz sessions, they always want me to play the Blues. When I come back home to Washington, DC, I hear all this wonderful Go-Go music. When I returned from Asia, I asked myself, “what is it going to take for the world to recognize Go-Go music”?
The other part that led to ‘We Like Money’ was the community need for economic empowerment, investing in ourselves, and investing in our businesses. I think it’s time to sort of shift the dialogue around money, especially for people of color. I think we can start using language like, ‘I want money or I want this or I like having this’ instead of saying ‘Oh, I’m broke’. I think switching it around and declaring what we want and actually working for it is much more powerful than harping on our state of being at the time, a sort of future casting. I invite your readers to check out We Like Money and if they like the song they can show their support by purchasing the song at carolynmalachi.com
Phillips: Can you tell our readers about your #IAM campaign?
CM: A few years ago, we worked with a non-profit called The School Fund which was really cool. The proceeds from #IAM campaign was used to supplement the cost of secondary education for kids in developing countries. Every time someone played ‘Free Your Mind’ music video, we raised money for school children in need. We raised more than $10,000 to help students in Kenya attend school.
Phillips: What made you so passionate about #IAM campaign?
CM: Education was a priority in my family. Most of my elders didn’t have access to education. I knew my great-great grandparents and they lived a long time. They always stressed the importance of education. Even though they lacked formal education, they knew that information was power. Valuing education was apart of my upbringing so the partnership with The School Fund felt natural to me.
Phillips: What are your views on money and how has it changed since you become an independent artist?
CM: Before leaving my job, I was used to the comfort of a pay check every two weeks. Back then, I looked at money as a means to an end. Money went into my bank when I got paid and then out of my bank when I paid my bills. During the last two years, I’ve been a completely independent artist working full-time on perfecting my craft. Now, I understand that, for me, money is more a tool for investment. I invest money into my craft because I know that I will see return from it. I am always using my money to build myself and my intellectual property.