Mahalia Burkmar, who goes simply by Mahalia, is a British Jamaican singer, songwriter, and actress. The artist, who is from Leicestershire, is responsible for absolute bangers "I Wish I Missed My Ex", "Simmer", "Sober", and "What You Did".
If you haven't heard Mahalia's music (we're not judging you, but where have you been?), you may still recognise her face from the 2016 film Brotherhood. Mahalia started her music career at a young age, writing her first song at 8 and signing a record deal just five years later.
After releasing her debut album "Head Space" in 2012, Mahalia was introduced to Ed Sheeran who she supported on tour and lists as one of her musical influences.
The 24-year-old won Best Female Act and Best R&B/Soul Act at the 2020 MOBO Awards, was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 63rd Grammy Awards, and was included in the 2021 Forbes under 30 list.
Mahalia's voice is undoubtedly unique and totally irresistible, and she has said she is inspired by Gabrielle, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, and Corinne Bailey Rae.
She's not nonchalant about showing her admiration for Adele either, taking to Instagram to announce her participation in the BST Hyde Park event. "Too many pinch me moments at the minute to take!!! I can't wait for this… thank you @adele," she posted.
The singer also commented on Adele's post: "dreamssssss come true" with three crying emojis. It's safe to say Mahalia is excited to perform this weekend.