Mali Music Offers 'Beautiful' Acoustic Performance

Mali Music
April 11, 2014 4:52 PM ET

Mali Music is one of the most promising soul singers to emerge in the last decade and he has the accolades to prove it. When he performed his single "Beautiful" on "American Idol" in March, he wooed judge Jennifer Lopez and had members of the audience standing on their feet.

Mali Music has also appeared on "The Queen Latifah Show" and received critical praise from the Los Angeles Times and BET.

Because Yahoo Music has been covering him for years, we are especially honored to premiere an acoustic rendition of "Beautiful."

In the video directed by Joslyn Rose Lyons, not only will you get to observe his skill at playing guitar and singing, but how his work resonates with his audience. Mali has enlisted some beautiful women -- some famous ("The Game"'s Wendy Raquel Robinson, casting director Robi Reed, etc.), plus friends and family – to share their personal definitions of the song title.

And what's amazing is that the women used words like "authentic," "accepting," "family," "respecting myself," "confident," and "determined" to describe the word. To them, inner beauty resonates more than their exteriors.

See the concept version of the "Beautiful" video. Mali's ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records debut "Mali Is..." is due out on June 17.

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