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  • Fabulous
    — Elton John
  • Brilliant
    — RuPaul
  • Mahal's songs are revelations and anthems, sung with unmatched emotion and reflecting her personal experiences.
    — WFUV
  • Ben Harper called me on the phone, and said, 'I just played the Montreal Jazz Festival and I've just seen a star'
    — Peter Noble, Byron Bay Bluesfest Founder
  • #1 Best New Bands at SXSW 2018
  • Thunderous modern soul
    — Okayplayer



Deva Mahal was born with the blues in her blood. Becoming the genre-defying artist, powerhouse vocalist and astute songwriter that she is today could only be achieved through living a life rich with pain, joy, loss, love, heartache and experience. A soul as singular as Deva’s can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she’s forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel.

Deva’s star continued to rise in 2018, with the release of her aptly named debut album, Run Deep, followed by a series of singles released in 2019 by Motéma Music. Infectious as they are stirringly personal, her songs place her powerfully moving voice in the service of raw, vulnerable explorations of resonant emotion. The New York Times calls her music “hand-clapping, piano-pounding, call-and-response buildup.” Her energy and enthusiasm breathe wild life into her songs with a knockout voice that combines pulse pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge.

Deva has toured the world, gracing the stages of the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, and many other esteemed events and venues. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio, Binky Griptite of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Living Color, and the New York Pops Orchestra, and has performed onstage alongside such legends as Etta James, Dianne Reeves, Maceo Parker, Bettye Lavette, The Roots, and Cyndi Lauper. Elton John calls Deva “really fabulous.”