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M’Balia was born and raised in Philadelphia, the youngest daughter of two hard working Black folk from the South. Her first musical experiences came from sitting around the kitchen table with her family, after dinner, and lending her voice to the four part harmony while her dad strummed his guitar to anything from Don McClean’s “American Pie” to the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” to Solomon Linda’s “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Piano, voice, and guitar lessons were par for the course in the Singley household, and M’Balia took this foundation with her to Yale University, where she sang in rock and jazz bands and acapella groups, and caught the attention of the legendary Willie Ruff-Dwike Mitchell Duo, with whom she would do several concerts as an undergraduate

Halfway There

Label: GAS
Released: 2015

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

M'Balia: Halfway There

Read "Halfway There" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Halfway There is the debut recording of one Philadelphia- native M'Balia Singley, a talented singer matriculating from Yale with a degree in history and Temple with one in law. That is an embarrassment of riches. But can counselor Singley translate all of this brain power into music? Her life arc had her practicing law and raising ...


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