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Artist Profile

Melvin C McKnight aka Blaqmel

Melvin C McKnight aka Blaqmel

“Whenever I sing, I’m singing for you…”

Melvin C McKnight means Soul. Melvin C McKnight means funky rhythms. Melvin C McKnight means acoustic and electric guitar with full-bodied vocals. A stage and studio singer, songwriter, and musician inspired by life, love, and the beings therein, Melvin C. McKnight aka Blaqmel is a man in love with love. And there’s just something sexy about him. Sensuous and passionate he delivers

an intimate experience one-on-one with his audience. “Whenever I sing, I’m singing for you,” are lyrics from Mel’s iTunes release “Whenever I Sing” that expresses how he feels about and is inspired by his audience and maybe explains why Mel is so loved.

On the music scene as a professional performer for 15 years, Melvin is also the Creator, Lead Vocalist and Arranger for his band Malicious Soul, a funky quartet that’s also a resident band at New Brunswick’s premiere Ethiopian restaurant, Makedas. He grew up in a foster home with over 100 children of all ethnicities, lots of love, and lots of music and musical styles. Performing explosive solo acoustic sets to band sets at cafes, clubs, colleges, festivals, and major label artist concerts. Mr. McKnight has also performed with TM Stevens’ touring band, the Tramps, and toured with John Legend. He’s opened for Howard Hewitt, Regina Bell, Leela James, Jazmine Sullivan, and Will Downing. Also an experienced studio session musician whose a regular on Mission Records, a house music label based out of Piscataway, NJ, Mel has laid guitar tracks for Eric Morello, Jose Nunez, James Holloway of Novakain Entertainment, Todd Gardner, Harry Choo Choo Romero, TM Stevens, Pras of the Fugees, Lauren Hill, and Lil’ Flip.

Influenced by Jehovah, his parents, P-funk, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Sam cook, Miles Davis, Living Colour, Bad Brains, Funkadelic, Fred Hammond, Vinx, TM Stevens, Jeffery Osborne, Steve Perry, Prince, Motown Greats, and Jeffery Gaines, 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.”

Mel has the uncanny knack to make a cover his own while making his originals seem familiar. His catchy originals are woven seamlessly into the fabric of classic material from Prince, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway. His lyrics are accessible and his arrangements textured.

In 2006 Blaqmel released via direct distribution his debut album, “Straight From Uptown” co-produced by Jesse Fisher with Lee Hogans on trumpet and Antar Goodwin on bass. A flowing project filled with classics that make one feel loved, missed, wanted, strong. In keeping in time with the digital market and his growing global audience, Mel in 2009 produced a digital release of his

timeless project on 101Distribution.com. His catchy tunes and hooks are also great for licensing for commercials, soundtracks, and television. Currently, Mr. McKnight is working on a three single release for the summer of 2010.

His band, Malicious Soul, which is composed of students and alumni of the Julliard School, Berkeley School of Music, and Mason Gross School of the Arts, provides a stunning display of

musicianship as well as laying down pure unadulterated funk.

Dubbed by his local media as the “Godfather of the New Brunswick Music Scene,” Melvin C. McKnight aka Blaqmel has a broad audience and cross-over market appeal. “A McKnight performance is something to behold with the guitarist playing like Jimi Hendrix and jumping around the stage … and sometimes on the bar … like a Lynn Swann.” —Chris Jordan (Central Jersey Home News Tribune)

With catchy lyrics oozing sentiments we all feel, Mel’s music becomes classic reverberating on the hearts and lips of the masses.

For Booking and Media Inquiries:

Jacqueline Taylor-Adams

TaylorAdams Marketing & MgMt

(215) 774-1237 * simplybuildingbrandingandbiz@gmail.

Tour Dates

Artist Country State City Venue Date
Melvin C McKnight aka Blaqmel United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz Oct 28, 2009
Melvin C McKnight aka Blaqmel United States New Jersey New Brunswick Cafe Nov 02, 2009
Melvin C McKnight aka Blaqmel United States Pennsylvania Philadelphia Acoustic Soul @Festivals Nov 02, 2009
Melvin C McKnight aka Blaqmel United States New Jersey New Brunswick Makedas Restaurant Nov 06, 2009
Melvin C McKnight aka Blaqmel United States New Jersey Sayreville Primetime Comedy Club & Theatre Nov 08, 2009