Born into Australian rock royalty and influenced by her father Jimmy Barnes, Mahalia naturally began singing at a very young age. However, she started playing music professionally at the age 16 as a backing vocalist for other Aussie artists. She’s also been trying to carve out her own original music career and has recently recorded a solo album. As an artist, she’s drawn to guitar-driven gutsy soul, rock and blues, inspired by acts such as Ike, Tina Turner and legendary queen of soul Aretha Franklin. Her talents are not all musical however; by all reports she cooks as well as she sings!