Mahalia Abéo Tibbs is a singer/actor/dancer/writer born on Chicago’s South Side.
Abéo (ah-bay-oh) studied and performed under Oscar Brown Jr. and Katherine Dunham, continuing classical vocal coaching through college at Howard University. She honed her dance skills in Paris (via Wells College), later receiving her BA in Inner City Studies (Minor in Dance) from Northeastern Illinois.
abéo released her first solo, self-recorded project in 2014 fueling a stream of collaborations in film (Last Looks), music videos, live theater and music platforms like SoFar Sounds.
After releasing another lo-fi EP (AltarDays) and transitioning to creating full-time, she opened for Georgia Ann Muldrow, toured ArtSpot’s Sea of Common Catastrophe (Atlanta/NYC), and joined the touring cast of Vessels.
She's been recently featured in Andrew Ondrejcak’s Landscape with Figures, as well as several devised theater pieces, and Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue (starring as "Black Movie Star Barbara" to rave reviews and a sold-out run).
She is currently working on her first full-length solo album as an Artist in Residency at the Embassy Studios in New Orleans.
Mahalia Abéo ties her creative work to the dismantling of systemic oppression and is grateful to do so.