Exclusive: Malcolm-Jamal Warner Premieres 'I'm Ready' After 2015 Grammy Victory

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner 

A little more than a month after nabbing his first Grammy (best traditional R&B performance on Robert Glasper's reworking of Stevie Wonder's "Jesus Children"), Malcolm-Jamal Warner is back with new music.

Today, Billboard is premiering "I'm Ready" -- the lead single from his upcoming EP Selfless -- featuring Mint Condition singer Stokley Williams. You can listen to it below and download the track for free on his website.

The Selfless EP -- due in spring 2015 -- will feature three songs and three spoken word poems. In addition to Stokley, Warner is joined by Lalah Hathaway (who also appeared on Glasper's Grammy-winning song) and Rashaan Patterson.

"I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with Stokley, because in addition to being a huge fan of his work, he is one of the most respected voices in black music today," Warner tells Billboard. "My last CD was released in 2007, and I've done a lot of living and growing over the last eight years. It is difficult to encapsulate those experiences in a six song EP, but as with my two previous efforts, this is another avenue of expression for me, a way for me to create art in a way that I can't do as an actor or director."

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Speaking of acting, Warner recently landed the series regular role of Dr. Craig Ellis on the Fox comedy pilot 48 Hours 'Til Monday, opposite Rob Riggle, Merrin Dungey and Jane Curtin. Last year saw him make recurring appearances on American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy and Major Crimes.

Regardless, music remains one of his cornerstone passions. "We're all experiencing this huge shift in the music industry," Warner says. "The accessibility of home studio equipment makes it easy for anyone to produce a record, and since no one is making the kind of money they once were, the only reason to be a recording artist today is because you really love music, or really have something to say. It is an exciting time for independent artists."

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