Zanya Laurence, new to the stomping grounds of the Mile High City, is itching for adventure & ready to blaze her own soulful trail through the many opportunities of a new land. Her highly anticipated sophomore album “Always”, just released this October 30th, is only the latest chapter in the story of her musical journey.
Inspired by Jazz, Funk & Soul, & melting them down into a fluid sound that is all her own, Zanya has incorporated her creative writing & raw emotion into the lyrics found on her independent releases, “Soul Theory” & “Always”, recorded at her studio/company, “Soul Spot Music”.
After moving back to Albuquerque from Los Angeles when her father fell ill, she was nominated for several New Mexico Music Awards while performing locally & promoting her single, “Sunday”, through a nation-wide top 40 radio campaign with Howard Rosen Promotions. Currently focusing on the promotion of her new album, she has earned her first song placement in an independent film, “Karma Calling” due for release in 2013.
Before that, she graduated from the Vocal Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA with extensive training in theory & performance, while performing the Hollywood area regularly with her band in well-known venues such as the Knitting Factory, as well as cozier venues, like the Bliss Café’.
Born in southern California & raised in New Mexico, her musical evolution encompassed learning to play the classical guitar at her father’s knee. In choir & band during her younger years, she moved onto writing & recording originals by her teens, eventually growing into the passionate muse she projects in all of her work today.
Although, Laurence is compared to several established artists, her original writing style & unique voice can be heard through her passionate expression, phrasing & thoughtful delivery. At the end of the day, Zanya’s sound is truly one of a kind.
Written by: Jody Robinson/ HB Magazine/ Contact Zanya Laurence (818-391-0934) / [email protected] / www.zanyamusic.com