First-year student brings talent that won Arundel Idol to McDaniel

Malcolm Jones singing
November 06, 2012

Malcolm Jones started to sing in front of an audience when he was 4 years old in his church choir – and the McDaniel first-year student hasn’t stopped since.

By age 6, the audition his mother had taken him on resulted in Jones singing with the All Children’s Choir of Annapolis for the next six or seven years. During his years at Broadneck High School, Jones sang in Italy at the Vatican. A year ago, he soloed at Disney World while there with his senior class. And at his 2012 high school graduation, it was Jones’ rich baritone that opened the ceremony with the national anthem.

Most recently, in September, Jones took the stage at the Anne Arundel County Fair and sang Beyoncé’s “Sweet Dreams” and Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good.” He out performed 21 competitors to be named Arundel Idol. The year before he won Teen Idol at the same fair.

Malcolm Jones singing on a stage with others.
Photo by Matthew Cole – The Capital

Little more than a month after arriving on the Hill, Jones appeared in McDaniel’s Theatre Dept. production of “Hairspray.” Already, he is a member of the College Choir and Madrigals.

The Business Administration major, whose minor is Music, has a packed schedule, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Singing for me is a way of getting my emotions out there – I love singing how I feel,” says Jones, who is from Annapolis, Md.

While a career in music would be great, Jones is making sure his education is preparing him to meet any challenge. He might even follow through on an idea that he’s been thinking about for a while now and own his own hotel.

“We’re glad Malcolm is here,” says Music professor Margie Boudreaux. “He is really great to work with – always game for new musical adventures and has already proven himself to be very versatile.”