Alabama singer-songwriter Malcolm Singleton is playing Friday night at Offshore Ale Company in Oak Bluffs, and Saturday at the Wharf in Edgartown.
Mr. Singleton influences are as diverse as Coldplay and Dean Martin.
Born in the Atlanta suburbs, he made his first move, to Washington, D.C. at only one-week old. He lived in dozens of places — New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Iowa, South Dakota, Arizona — before middle school. The one constant was music.
After settling back in Colbert County, Alabama, Mr. Singleton’s musical ambitions intensified. Emerging from the same rich soil as the musical tradition of nearby Muscle Shoals, his musical range also began to expand.
He began playing drums at the age of 10 and guitar three years later. He joined his first band in the seventh grade and before long discovered his passion for live performance, whether as part of a group or in solo acoustic situations.
Over years, he began to incorporate his original songs into his sets. He has been a featured performer at the Muscle Shoals Songwriters’ Showcase, one of the area’s most prominent venues. His song, Counting On You, was chosen as the winner of the rock category at the Songfest songwriting competition of the W. C. Handy festival in the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area and another one of his songs, I’m Over You, was finalist winner in the summer songwriting competition at Berklee College of Music. Both songs are included on his debut EP, This Feeling, with his melodic and hook-laden songwriting skills on prominent display.