Biography

Hackney raised singer, songwriter and musician Amahla taps into an era before her time to create vintage-inspired Soul music.

After releasing her debut single ‘Old Soul’  which received support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra and 6MusicAmahla was awarded the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize for outstanding female songwriters. Amahla rounded off 2018 as a recipient of the second ever MOBO Awards X Help Musicians fund for her exceptional voice.

Since, Amahla released her critically acclaimed EP ‘Consider This’ and over the course of the year has gained tremendous support from music press with impressive features and reviews from The 405The Line of Best FitComplex UKBandcampEarmilk and more. 

With a focus on live instrumentation Amahla is a commanding live performer having already packed out two London headline shows at Camden Roundhouse and St Pancras Old Church, as well as performances at Cheltenham Jazz Festival where she was named as “one to watch” by Decca Records and two sets at The Great Escape Festival 2019. All this has led to accomplished performances at legendary venues such as The Jazz Cafe and The Royal Albert Hall.  

Most recently Amahla wrote and featured on the soulful Drum and Bass track ‘In The Moment’ with legendary duo Brookes Brothers. This saw support on Spotify‘s New Music Friday playlist and has helped her voice reach a wider audience. 

‘Have Mercy’ the first single from her sophomore EP is out on July 19th 2019. Just one year has seen Amahla achieve some of her biggest musical and personal goals; it is exciting to see where 2020 will take her. 

2019

‘Have Mercy’ released

‘In The Moment’ Brookes Brothers feat. Amahla released

Amahla headlines St Pancras Old Church

Amahla plays Cheltenham Jazz Festival as one of two “Decca Recommends artists” and The Great Escape Festival

‘Consider This’ named one of the ‘Best Soul releases on Bandcamp’ for March 2019.

“Amahla may be one of the next big voices exported from the UK”

Bandcamp

“Consider This” EP Released

She possesses the vocal ability to knock your ears clean off your head..but instead puts all the focus and effort into the subject matter, using her singing ability as a vehicle for her stories”

–Earmilk

Amahla supports, Fatima at The Roundhouse, Lowkey at The Royal Albert Hall and Shabazz Palaces at The Jazz Cafe

Amahla sells out EP Headline Show at Roundhouse

“Dorothy’s Verses” Released with Complex Premiere

“[Dorothy’s Verses] pieces together the truth of Amahla’s life through fragmented memories, brought to life with help from Amahla’s detailed and diligent songwriting” 

– Complex UK

2018

Named recipient of second ever MOBO Awards X Help Musicians Fund

Named one of London’s Best New Artists by Madison Square Gardens London

Named Winner of the PRS Lynsey De Paul Prize

Amahla finalist in Westside Radio’s Urban Talent Search

“[a] sensational performance by 21 year old Hackney native amahla..with her breathtaking debut single Old Soul” 

– T​om Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music

“Old Soul” Released

Amahla becomes Resident Artist at Roundhouse Camden

“With a unique voice in music and activism, if she isn’t already, amahla will be on your radar soon.”

T​he Roundhouse, Camden

2017

Amahla active member of Roundhouse Music Collective

Mentored by Carla Marie William’s (credits: Beyonce, Britney Spears) as part of her GirlsIRate songwriting bootcamp

Amahla graduates with a BSc Anthropology from UCL


“I’m really excited for what she’s got coming in the future, keep an eye out for her, Amahla”

Moses Boyd, 2x MOBO Award Winner