Many artists are content with making music and making money. There's nothing wrong with that, but there is a growing segment who are also bent on making a difference. Artists such as John Legend, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean immediately come to mind, but we must also shine the light on independent performers who use their talent for good.
DC-area singer Carolyn Malachi falls into that category as the founder of Smart Chicks, Inc., an organization in place to increase visibility and opportunities for women in the arts. She has already received ink in the Washington Post and on TheRoot.com for her creative and cultural endeavors. The 20-something vocalist has just released her third project in as many years with the EP Lions, Fires & Squares, inspired by a recent trip to South Africa. This six-song EP is a satisfying appetizer, introducing me to her eclectic brand of interplanetary soul, spoken word and jazz, but it's made me hungry to hear more of Malachi and explore her past releases, Revenge of the Smart Chicks and Revenge of the Smart Chicks II: Ambitious Gods. Listen to two of my favorite tracks from Lions, Fires & Squares below.