Melodic Singer-Songwriter & 1 Woman Band, Chaquis Maliq (Sha-Kees Mah-Leek), delivers the sound of Eccentric Tasteful Grooves and Honey Soul to her listeners. ArtsQuest calls her “Beauty, Brains, and Power of Soul”.
Chaquis Maliq transformed as an artist in 2011 by picking up the guitar (Mr. Maliq); with the motivation to uplift listeners on her first project featuring Mr. Maliq, entitled “Harmonies of Me” (Summer 2013).
In 2014, Maliq made her successful debut as the 1 Woman Band for her Spring Tour, and received media attention as the 1 Woman Band performance artist to be featured in coverage of the Columbus Arts Festival for Fox28’s Good Day Columbus (Ohio). 2016 Chaquis and her 1 Woman Band made their way to ABC4’s Low Country Live Charleston, SC and CBS7's Your Carolina- Greenville, SC. Chaquis’ 1 Woman Band compliments her cozy sound by giving the audience a full band experience you’ll never forget.
Singer, Songwriter, 1 Woman Band, and producer are just some of the labels to describe Chaquis Maliq (Shuh-Kees Mah-Leek). Representing the new breed of women artists taking ownership of their musical paths by leading the songwriting and production of their musical creations, Chaquis Maliq is redefining the playing field as a multi-talented creator.
But before this San Francisco Native could even fathom engineering and producing her first two albums, The “Demonstration Vol. I” and “Veracity”; Chaquis was first a poet and theatrical spoken word artist, with piano playing background. It wasn’t until Chaquis relocated to the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland,Virginia), that all her musical avenues dispersed from her heart and mind.
Already inspired by Soul, Funk, Gospel, Jazz, and Alternative music, Chaquis always admired guitar players. In 2011 Chaquis discovered a new love, which created her warm melodic, sweet blues,and honey jazz sound. The credit goes to her classical acoustic guitar aka Mr. Maliq. Entering this new chapter of her acoustic urban folk journey, Chaquis released her first guitar project, “Harmonies of Me,” in Summer 2013. Although it’s a new beginning for Maliq, she still intends to create music to uplift her listeners and keep them encouraged.
TEACHING & MENTORING
With her brightening desire to give back to those who may not have access to learning music, Chaquis has found ways to accomplish granting access to youth and young adults since 2009. Maliq started out with mentoring and songwriting with Washington DC’s Young Women Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP).This led to Chaquis working with teens and young adults while teaching them self-motivation and entrepreneurship, regardless of their outlook on music. These same teachings have been passed on to her music students and youth of Girls Rock.
Highlights in her burgeoning career includes 2015 Indi.com Judge’s Pick for R & B Challenge, 2012 RAW Artist Baltimore Musician of the Year Nomination, her first place award in 2008 for vocal excellence in a showcase sponsored by the National Association for Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME).2016 Chaquis and her 1 Woman Band made their way to ABC4’s Low Country Live Charleston, SC. And in 2014 she received media attention as the 1 Woman Band performance artist to be featured in coverage of the Columbus Arts Festival for Fox28’s Good Day Columbus (Ohio). Maliq also performed at Ohio State Fair, MusikFest & ArtsQuest-Bethlehem - Haverford Music Festival, PA, The FAF-Woodbury NJ, Berry College World Music Festival-Rome, GA, LadyBug Music Festival-Wilmington, DE, FestAFrica USA - Silver Spring, MD, Columbia Festival of the Arts - Columbia, MD, North Charleston Harvest Festival, South Sounds Music Festival - Mobile, AL, The National Cherry Blossom Festival-Washington D.C., the Black Family Reunion-Washington D.C., Takoma Park Folk Festival-MD, ArtWalk-Jacksonville, FL, the International Soul Summit in Atlanta, GA and more.