Mal was born in Brynhyfryd, Swansea in 1960. He was taken to chapel as a babe in arms and his earliest musical memories are of the unaccompanied hymn singing in the Sunday morning services. An early love of football led him to captain Swansea Schoolboys but that love was usurped in 1973. Mal sent a tape of songs he had written to John Peel on Radio 1 and was invited to perform on John's Sounds of The Seventies Show. Six weeks later Mal signed to Elton John's Rocket Record Company and life would never be the same again. After leaving Dynevor Comprehensive School Mal studied at Christ's College Cambridge where he graduated with a degree in Land Economy. Mal has written songs for Cliff Richard and The Hollies, duetted with Elton John and Bonnie Tyler, toured with Art Garfunkel and Belinda Carlisle and produced records for Aled Jones. As a broadcaster Mal has presented shows on all of the BBC Network stations and hosted the BAFTA award winning music programme The Mal Pope Show for ITV Wales. His documentary about the roots of Black Gospel Music, Heaven's Sound, won a major prize at the New York Television Awards. In 2005 his Musical Amazing Grace was featured at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff as the only full scale, brand new musical in the Cardiff International Festival of Musical Theatre. Following a sell out theatre tour the musical returned in November 2006 to the Wales Millennium Centre, going on to sell over 500,000 worth of tickets. Mal's next musical was Contender, based on the life of the boxer Tommy Farr. The show opened in Spring 2007 and starred West End star Mike Doyle as Tommy and Peter Karrie as Joby Churchill. In 2009 Mal set up the Grand Slam Theatre Company to produce his latest musical Cappuccino Girls. The show toured across the UK before setting up a 24 week residency in the purpose built South Wales Evening Post Theatre on Swansea's High Street, becoming the longest running musical outside of the West end.