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Malcolm Palmer's earliest memories were of his mother ,
a folk singer with an astonishing voice who would sing to Malcolm in
the womb and as a baby. Acting as his earliest influence and the
most significant, she provided the foundation that later motivated
him to pursue a musical career. With vivid memories of home audio
recordings with his mother and brother, this marked the start of his
musical journey. Acknowledging at a very young age his gift for
singing, his songwriting came as a natural evolution from his
Through his more formative years Malcolm gravitated
toward artists such as Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.
But no artist inspired him like the works of Bob Dylan. He idolized
Dylan for his timeless quality and ability to inspire listeners
across generational boundaries. This proved true for Malcolm as he
reconnected with Dylan later in his life finding that even though
his songs had changed in meaning, they still evoked the same
powerful emotions as he experienced earlier in his life.
After high school Malcolm began to explore different
genres attempting to expand his musical palette and search for a
sound that resonated from within him. From reggae to the Motown
sound, Malcolm studied different genres and sounds even recording a
country album at one point. Even though these genres were extremely
different in sound, Malcolm created a similar theme amongst these
groups. They all embodied the quintessential folk element of
He eventually moved to Chicago where he joined the band
Stuntcat. There he was able to develop the compositional craft of
songwriting by working with two other songwriters. Eventually the
band split and Malcolm adopted an urban feel to his songs turning
more towards social commentary than storytelling.
In an industry where corporations and conglomerates
determine what social concerns and themes are appropriate for their
artists to voice, Malcolm's songs emanate from the core. Inspired from the reality around him and from within him ,
and not the
reality created or dictated by the media he has come full circle
with his songs. This is especially apparent on Malcolm's next album
which is currently in production and in the songs he has chosen to
feature on Acoustic Chicago.
Choosing to feature Armageddion on Acoustic Chicago ,
the song exemplifies all the musical qualities he has garnered up to
this point in his musical journey. A firm believer in the power of
music, he attempts to inspire others to act and evoke change by singing about the social and global injustices that exist today.
As for the future? He has
a desire to experience other cultures,
and incorporate those
experiences into and express them through his music. Malcolm looks
forward to traveling and seeing the world on his own terms, being
able to comment on the society he grew up in from a different point