Malan Jones is a singer-songwriter and multimedia producer with a gospel worldview. He works in the realm of music composition, vocal performance, and film. His gospel-inspired productions theme around overcoming poor self-image, suicidal thoughts, and lack of faith. He has created over seven albums, and traveled all fifty states in America during 2016 to make a documentary film on identity and remembering one's worth in heaven's eyes (Become 2016). He has a BA in Film and Media Arts from the University of Tampa.
Malan ( pronounced as Mah-lawn or Maylin) means “ Little Warrior ” and Jones " One that Jehovah has favored". His name is derived from his birth name first initial “ M ” combined with his middle name Alan. His birth-name“ Michael ” means “ Who is like God? ” and “ One who is close to God”. Alan means harmony, stone or noble. Michael is also the Archangel who defeats the dragon and his angels in Revelation 12:7-11. Michael sees himself as his name declares him to be as a worshipper, little warrior (underdog), and living stone of harmony who delivers God’s judgments on earth as it is in heaven.
To help people realize themselves in heaven's eyes, find their voice, and fulfill who Christ calls them to be over what the world is calling them to be. I am a living landmark to remind people that with Christ you can be great.
Inspire and transform hearts with the gospel arts
The Whole Story
Born 1987 on Warner Robins AFB (Georgia) Michael Alan Jones aka Malan Jones grew up learning piano, and composing songs at a young age. The first song he learned, at age six, was “ Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, and from there composed his first song “The Dawn” at age eight. Michael's love for music led him to start playing backup keyboards, and bass guitar at the base chapel where his father led the services. It was also during this time he began the habit of reading through the whole Bible.
It was in Missouri where he first had a chance to play before an audience on a consistent basis. When the lead keyboardist couldn’t be there, Michael would fill in. This is where something changed in his spirit, and he sensed the Holy Spirit shifting his perspective from just playing music to entering the realm of God’s presence. This was also the place where he began doing talent shows, getting music equipment, and recording songs with his brother to release their first EP entitled “ Lil Preachas”.
From a Shy Kid…
Suddenly Michael went from a shy introverted kid to someone who was more outgoing and had a more expressive faith. From there he began to take on more lead roles in different places around the country as his father’s military assignments dictated where he and his family would live. In San Antonio, Texas he led the youth worship. Then when moving to Tucson he became a full-time chapel pianist at Davis Mothan AFB. It was in Tucson that he released his first solo album “ Every Second of the Day”, and was discovered by Aimee Short who got him to join BreakDown in Tucson which did performances at school assemblies.
Three years later he formed a band , but disbanded a year later due to the immense pressure and stress of managing it. From there he began taking college classes in audio production, theater, and other entertainment related fields. He was interested in producing sonic quality and producing better-recorded music. It was also during this time that his dad invited him to fill a vacancy for the chapel pianist in England where he was assigned at the time. Michael took that offer as the chapel pianist and moved to RAF Croughton in 2007.
In England and on…
While in England he worked on an album “ The Heart that Deceived Me” (unreleased) and saved up money to get a camera which he would use to record videos, and enter online contest when moving back to the states. When moving back to the states he released his first EP on iTunes under the name Mic Sol-o entitled “ What Do You Say” (2008)
The YouTube Days
The first video contest Michael entered was for Mark Apsolon.
The video wasn't a winning entry but gained the attention of tubetape.com who asked Michael to make a song for them in exchange for for VisionLab, and a green screen. Michael accepted the offer.
Then came the fxhome videowrap contest for $1000. Michael thought he had no chance to win, but was encouraged to enter by one of the administrators of the contest. Michael reluctantly entered, and literally gave it his best shot. He was shocked and thrilled that he actually won. From this he learned a valuable lesson about applying himself even if he thought he wasn't good enough.From this opportunity came new ideas, and new opportunities, as he began winning contest after contest.
1st Biggest Wins
The first biggest win was the Lipton Tea contest “YOY” in which he won $15,000 and got over 27k views
It was around this time that he attended community college in San Antonio , Texas and studied Multimedia Technology, and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science
During this time he also recorded and released Xcape Artist (2009) in his home studio under the name Mic Sol-o
He also started discovering more YouTube personalities, and admired Bubz for her sense of humor, being herself and faith. He wrote her a song that got over 40k views.
After being inspired by so many YouTubers he wanted to attend the first YouTube video conference in LA, but needed to raise money to go. To do so he created this song which gained the attention of the Vlogbrothers, Shaycarl, Hot for words , and other top YouTubers, but it was Creative Soul that helped him out the most.
2nd biggest win
At age 24 going on 25, this was the time of his life. This is where he dropped the album “ Wake Me from My Grave” under the name Microphone Jones.
In 2012, Jones finished college with a B.A in Film and Media Arts, and helped kick off SoulMag TV with his friend and mentor Pastor Tommy Kyllonen aka Urban D. While the show was great to do, Michael was doing it pro-bono and was working at a call-center while trying to finish it - it was no doubt hard work.
He did all the shooting, editing, graphics and delivery to the network. Michael would record performing acts at the church ( Crossover) and interview the artist afterward to broadcast on TBN’s JTV. While doing the show was enjoyable, the workload was getting to him.
Refocusing of Faith
He needed some refocusing in his life especially when it came to his personal relationships. Until that point, he had been a virgin and vowed to remain one until marriage because of his religious beliefs. But “ Heartache, and heartbreak” from failed relationships “ led to mistakes” as one of his lyrics say, and he wasn’t a virgin anymore.
The Ten came from a heart of wanting to get to know Jesus on a deeper level. It was in scripture that Jesus said that those who love him keep his commands. So Michael went on a creative journey to find out and remember all that Jesus commanded starting with the Ten commandments. In that he found the love of each command at building community, and appreciating life by not coveting what others have.
At FlavorFest 2013 he interviewed the Taylor family who had just moved to Tucson, where he had lived previously. Mrs. Taylor asked if he knew Aimee Dobbins because Shem and Seth her twin sons were on BreakDown. Michael said yes, because he had joined Break Down while he was in Tucson almost a decade earlier, and Aimee had reached out to him some months ago about touring the country with a branch of Breakdown called Epic Assemblies.
Video & Editing: by Christian Barreno
Audio Recording & Mixing: Michael Jones
Voice Overs: Mista & Mrs. Taylor
Michael had previously said yes, but then no, because of his obligations with SoulMagTV. Yet SoulMag TV season 1 was coming to a close, and he could hand off the torch to someone else since everything had been filmed for Season 1. So passing the torch to filmmaker and friend Robert Zavala, Michael moved back to Tucson and traveled with the Taylor’s Across the country doing school assemblies, and presenting shows on overcoming things like addictions.
Yet, something was still missing, and Michael came off of tour after six months. While off tour he worked doing videos for an HVAC company.
Back to Florida
After working at the HVAC company Michael was called back to Florida for a part-time job at the Boys and Girls club teaching music production. One of the directors from the program had seen Michael on a SoulMag magazine and gave him a call for the vacancy.
So from 2015 to the middle of 2016, Michael helped youth create songs with the Prodigy Arts program at the Boys and Girls Club, and at the Tampa Housing Authority community center part-time. He loved working with the kids, but there was something missing in his own story that he needed to get out.
It was during this time that he released his final song under Microphone Jones called “ Grow Up” which went platinum and made it to the billboard 100.
Then Feb 14, 2016 he releases the album “ Be True” and he announced the fifty-state tour April 28, 2016
From here he went on a fifty-state tour called “ Become ” across America to promote his debut Album “ Be True ” and created the documentary Become (2016) released November 18 in select theaters in Tucson. The movie is about remembering who you are in the light of Christ and being the light in a dark world.
The Battle Against sex-trafficking
While in Tucson Michael met Grace Tang ( Founder of Keepsakes of Triumph) at his local church, and heard how she was delivered from sex-trafficking through the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was inspired to help her tell her story through his production studio ( Mic Solo Studios) and help promote memorabilia that brought awareness to end sex-trafficking of children.
The Jesus Party
July 2017 Michael's parents joined him in Tucson Arizona where everything had first begun. They helped form the Jesus Party which is a non-profit to help promote gospel maturity and unity through arts, education, and community service. It was started due to the social, political, racial and economic turmoil rooted in a broken society without God. Through Christ-centered educational programs , arts, and community services they seek to reconcile the family, church, and nation back to God’s original intent for humanity as a shining example of God’s Kingdom
The fifty-state tour inspired Be Leave, and It was in Tucson that Michael released the album Be Leave July 4th, 2017, and Be Leave ( Deluxe) Feb 14, 2018. The deluxe version included Mrs. Taylor on the new track " Don't stop Lovin' "
July 2018 Michael was called to Kalamazoo for an event hosted by JLK( Jesus Loves Kalamazoo) called Catalyst Week in order to capture the whole event through his production company Mic Solo Studios . This opportunity sparked a new fire in him to bring what he saw there to Tucson, and the nation. It was churches coming together to do worship, and outreach together. The friendships formed at the event expanded his family and vision. He now looks to work further with JLK, and has Catalyst Week written on his calendar for the upcoming years.