They say the voice of Irish folk singer, Malachi Cush, can melt the coldest hearts with his warm and melodic voice breathing life into traditional Irish ballads, cherished folk songs and religious classics he’s known and loved for.
Malachi began singing at a very young age, having been raised by parents steeped in a love for Irish culture and in particular, music and song. Having spotted Malachi’s obvious potential, Paddy and Pat encouraged him to learn popular Irish ballads; they purchased a piano and guitar, and so the journey began. As a teenager, Malachi featured in a number of productions at the highly acclaimed ‘Bardic Theatre’ in his home town Donaghmore. He proudly represented his Gaelic club ‘Saint Patrick’s’ at Scor competitions, winning the County and Ulster titles on a number of occasions. Throughout his early years, Malachi’s deep love for faith saw him performing in his local church choirs and as a cantor for many years.
In 2002 Malachi entered the ‘Fame Academy’ house in London where he spent 10 weeks in the public eye and subsequently received his first recording contract with Universal/Mercury Records. He went on to enjoy several top-ten recordings in Ireland, the UK and Asia. He has collaborated with artists including Phil Coulter, Liam Lawton, Don Mescall, Pam Cheyne to name but a few. .
His debut album, ‘Malachi’ entered the UK top-twenty album chart along with the Irish album chart, earning a silver disc. One self-penned single, ‘Just Say you Love Me’ achieved much success in the Far East, holding Thailand’s number-one spot for five weeks.
Malachi’s songwriting skills have also brought him much success, ‘Until We Meet Again’ was selected as one of four potential Ireland Eurovision songs and was performed on RTE’s ‘The Late Late show’. He also held the number 1 spot on the Nashville Christian Music Chart with his song ‘Blessed Be the One’ on which the legendary Joanne Cash featured.
Malachi has also become a regular on television and radio. He joined the ranks at BBC Radio Ulster in 2004 and the Q Radio group in 2006 before moving on to Television. In 2007 he was the co-anchor presenter on UTV ‘The 7:30 Show’ and then the ‘Magazine programme’ in 2012, both of which enjoyed high viewership shares. He remained with UTV until he joined the team at IRISH TV, where he acted as an anchor presenter on all of their Live broadcast offerings. His most recent Television project was the UTV series ‘Home’, where Malachi revisited the homes of well-known local celebrities such as Eamonn Holmes, Gloria Hunniford and others. This series was among UTV’s highest-rated that year and was produced by the renowned journalist Eamonn Mallie.
Now having enjoyed over 20 years in the entertainment business, Malachi has managed to balance his music and presenting careers with great ease. His love of production intertwines with his music, and he was tasked with producing ‘Easter Joy’ and ‘Christmas from the Cathedrals’ for Armagh City, Craigavon, and Banbridge borough council. ‘The Gift of Christmas’ was a sell-out success across many Cathedrals and churches in Ireland in December 2021 and 2022.
Malachi also acts as a mentor for emerging artists, developing songwriting skills and vocal development. He enjoys strong relationships with many schools and Colleges and teaches music and media on a regular basis; he also hosts the annual ‘School Summit’ event at the Eikon centre in Belfast.
Malachi is well known for his charity work; he has held the role of ambassador for NI Chest Heart and Stroke and patron of NI Children’s Hospice. Having been involved in a serious accident in 2019 Malachi showed his appreciation to the NI Air Ambulance and NHS through his fundraising activities raising £10,000 for each and most recently released a single in aid of ‘Charis Cancer Care’.
Malachi is currently working on his 7th studio album, ‘Songs for the Soul II’.