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Zāna

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2014

New York City, NY
Established on Jan, 2014
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Up and coming singer-songwriter Zana, a current student at the Berklee College of Music, has just released her debut single, ‘Into My Bed’. The four-minute tune features the 19-year-old jamming out to her self-proclaimed gypsy-pop inspired lyrics and instruments. Her collaborations with Grammy award winning producers, Tim Mitchell and George Noriega, have been instrumental in the move to launch her solo career.

‘Into My Bed’ showcases Zana’s sensual yet pop-like voice, while keeping a soulful tune that showcases her dignified sound. Zana brings a unique flavor to her fusion of Serbo-Croatian Balkan and Lebanese inspired pop songs by belly dancing and playing several instruments while performing. Her hip-shaking moves can be seen in her recently released music video. - Skope Magazine


Up and coming singer-songwriter Zana, a current student at the Berklee College of Music, has just released her debut single, ‘Into My Bed’. The four-minute tune features the 19-year-old jamming out to her self-proclaimed gypsy-pop inspired lyrics and instruments. Her collaborations with Grammy award winning producers, Tim Mitchell and George Noriega, have been instrumental in the move to launch her solo career.

‘Into My Bed’ showcases Zana’s sensual yet pop-like voice, while keeping a soulful tune that showcases her dignified sound. Zana brings a unique flavor to her fusion of Serbo-Croatian Balkan and Lebanese inspired pop songs by belly dancing and playing several instruments while performing. Her hip-shaking moves can be seen in her upcoming music video. - Take 2 Radio


MANILA – Kapamilya actor Xian Lim has been featured in a music video of American singer Zāna.
Lim appeared in the video for Zāna’s song “Deeper.”

In an interview with entertainment site Push, Lim shared how he got the break.
''I didn't get to audition, they were looking for talents and I guess they contacted Star Magic and they looked at my -- tawagin na nating-- resume so nakita nila 'yung mga ginagawa ko.''
''I'm very interested and I agreed to the project and it so happened na we also had a show sa L.A. that time,'' he said.
Lim said of the shoot: '''Yung system nila it's the same with us at the same time nga I was a bit scared kasi I didn't know what to expect kasi it was my first time shooting abroad.''
Lim added he is open to opportunities in Hollywood.
''I think lahat naman ng artista that's one of their main goals, and 'di ba sabi nga nila 'dream big' so why not?'' - ABS-CBN News


Xian is Zana’s leading man in the video, shot in Los Angeles

MANILA, Philippines – After voicing Paddington bear a few months back for the Philippine movie, Xian Lim has added another international project to his resume, appearing as singer Zāna’s love interest in her music video “Deeper.”

In an interview with Push, Xian talked about how he came to be part of the project.

“I didn’t get to audition, they were looking for talents and I guess they contacted Star Magic and they looked at my – tawagin na nating (let's call it) – resume, so nakita nila ‘yung mga ginagawa ko (they saw what I've done) and I’m very interested and I agreed to the project,” Xian said.

Xian said that he had a show in the United States, which coincided with the music video's shooting schedule.

On his experience, Xian had this to say: “I didn’t know what to expect e, I’m used to our way of working ‘di ba parang pupunta tayo sa isang lugar tapos magshu-shoot tayo, parang dito kasi sa Pilipinas more of ano talaga, Filipino time tayo. (I'm used to our way of working, right, like if we go to a place and we shoot – here in the Philippines, we're on Filipino time.)

"I mean when I got there it was very on time, pagka-land ko pa lang (when I landed), ‘O tara let’s go to the location’ so everything was basically laid out, wardrobe, it’s all the same, ‘yung system nila it’s the same with us at the same time nga I was a bit scared kasi I didn’t know what to expect kasi it was my first time shooting abroad,” he said.

According to her website, Zāna is an up-and-coming 20-year old singer/songwriter who is studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her music features a mix of Arabic and Latin influence. Some of the songs she covered on her YouTube account include "The Way I am," by Ingrid Michaelson and "Syrup and Honey," by Duffy. - Rappler.com


Xian Lim Going International. Xian Lim Featured In Zana “Deeper” Music Video - Enchos


She wants her happiness back, and whoever has it, kindly give it back to the singing beauty. - Redwine Music


A gifted songwriter with a sultry voice, Zāna’s unique style, which fuses Arabic and Latin influences to create what she labels as her ‘gypsy-pop’ sound is both upbeat and soulful, allowing her to showcase her hip-shaking belly dancing moves while performing. - The Music Mag


Gypsy-Pop singer Zāna Takes you by Surprise - Weadia Media


Nashville, Tenn. (February 23, 2018) – Rising pop songstress ZĀNA bares all in new video for “Call Ya,” watch HERE. The video, directed by CBR Media, exclusively premiered on Just Jared Jr (2/22). The all too relatable track gives us an inside look at the raw emotion and questions that come with the ups and downs of relationships. The video, shot in Lower Manhattan, New York City, shares the story of when things seem perfect, and then out of nowhere everything changes, leaving us feeling lost and confused. “Call Ya” was written by Zāna and produced by Big Len.

“It was such a long process getting “Call Ya” to where it is now but writing this song was a serious wake up call for me in my personal life and my career,” shares Zāna. “I’m hella excited to share this piece of me with everyone and am so grateful to all the lovely people who were a part of it and who helped me get the video’s look and feel exactly to where I wanted.”

Zāna, a versatile musician with a sultry voice, incorporates influences from different genres and cultures, such as Arabic and Latin, to create her unique sound that she describes as “gypsy-pop”. The rising star has collaborated with Grammy winning producers Tim Mitchell (Bob Seger, Shakira) and George Noriega (Ricky Martin, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez).

For more information or to connect with Zāna, visit:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube - Elicit Magazine


#8: Zāna came in hot with "Call Ya." - TooFab


Zana just released her new music video for “Call Ya” and you need to see it!

The up-and-coming songstress chatted with JJJ exclusively about how she created the song and the empowering message in the music video.

“When I first wrote ‘Call Ya’ about a year ago, I knew I wanted a specific sound for the song and I knew we had that after I brought it to my friend Big Len. He produced this dope beat around my vocal and guitar track and I convinced him to add the finishing touch by playing trumpet on it,” Zana explained.

She added, “Eventually it grew into this magical project that we both completely fell in love with. It was a long process but now I finally get to share my song ‘Call Ya’ and its music video which tells the story of a girl finding her power and recognizing her worth.” - Just Jared Jr.


We love new artists here, and Zana is a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is so unique and her songwriting is so personal. Her video for "Call Ya" is so beautiful and now you can see the amazing behind-the-scenes footage.

Leigh: How did you get started in music?

Zana: Ever since I was a baby, my parents always had music blasting through the house. Artists like UB40, Gipsy Kings, The Fugees—especially Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, U2, Toni Braxton, Rolling Stones, Bonnie M, The Bee Gees, Abba, Fairuz, Umm Kulthum, Dalmatian, Balkan and former Yugoslavian 80s bands. The list goes on and on. I would get up on the dining room table and dance around, run through the hallways with my “tappy shoes”, making sure I was heard—thank God for my extremely patient parents. My mom quickly figured out that I was going to be a musician and decided to take me to a ‘mommy and me’ piano class. It was set to be an 8-week session, however we got kicked out by the second lesson due to my aggressive pounding of the keys. So, I began playing the drums shortly after, and then one thing led to another and I started to branch out to other instruments including guitar, Arabic percussion and some self-taught piano. Eventually, this turned into writing songs because I always enjoyed writing poetry, so once I got a few chords going, I just added a melody to my poetry and my new love became songwriting.

Leigh: What challenges have you faced in your career?

Zana: Besides all of the little challenges that I face daily as most people do when they are trying to kick start their career, one of the main challenges I’ve had to overcome is stage fright. I had spent so many years sitting in the background behind a drum kit, that once I began performing as a singer and being the frontwoman of the band, I was absolutely petrified. I still struggle with it at times. Eventually, I just made it a goal to push myself out of my comfort zone as much as possible so that in each show I get better, more comfortable and more aware of what attracts the audience and gets them excited.

Leigh: What is the best moment of your career to-date?

Zana: There have been so many amazing moments so far. It’s been an endless series of best moments that constantly remind me why I love doing what I do. From my first ever performance in the Alameda County Fair when I saw kids line up with their parents to meet me and get my autograph, to today, performing around New York, completing my first ever EP, and releasing my new song “Call Ya”! I’ve just had so many moments that I will never take for granted. But honestly, I think my best best moment in my career is yet to come.

Leigh: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Zana: I get my inspiration from my daily life - my family inspires me, my friends, I even inspire myself at times. I could walk down the street and get inspired by the grooves in the pavement. There are times when I feel myself completely disconnected from the world that surrounds me. Then there are days where I feel so absolutely connected to everything around me. Those are the days where I end up writing the beginning or the chorus for like 10 different songs because I’m so inspired and connected to everything that I can’t even focus on writing and finishing just one idea. Other times there is a big or sudden event that takes place in my own life or in someone else’s life who is close to me. In that case, I usually end up writing an entire song in one shot. Sometimes I write songs about characters in books or movies/tv shows, and what they're going through because I feel so personally connected to them. It really all depends on my surroundings.

Leigh: Who would be your dream collaboration?

Zana: I love Ed Sheeran and everything he stands for, it would be a dream to collaborate with him. I saw his recent interview with CBS News and he said, “I wouldn’t class myself as talented. I think you have to work for talent...I think persistence is worth more than talent.” It’s funny because I literally say this all the time and I believe that this is so true. Talent alone is not enough. You do have to work hard and be persistent. One of the many reasons I will forever be obsessed with Ed Sheeran, because that is literally what he stands for as an artist. Plus, he’s amazing and his songwriting inspires me on the daily.

Leigh: Tell us about Call Ya and the music video you guys produced for it.

Zana: I wrote my song “Call Ya” about a year ago. The story is based around me and my ex. It’s about me wanting to call to just ask questions about what happened, how he got to where he was, and how we as a couple got to where we were. At one point everything was so great and it was such a perfect thing we had and then one turn steered us completely off the track and I wasn't even sad about it or crying over it anymore, I was just done and wanted answers. So, I just wrote every lyric based off of the real events taking place with us. As far as the sound of the song, I had never written anything quite like it before, so I felt like it needed a specific vibe. I ended up bringing it to one of my friends, Big Len, who is a producer that works in R&B and hip-hop and he produced this killer beat to my vocal and guitar track (with me nitpicking over his shoulder). Eventually we both fell in love with the song. After that, I knew we needed a music video to complete the story and I knew I wanted to shoot it in my bedroom. So, we kind of made this whole story line around that and just shot the whole thing in one day. I wanted to make sure we captured my frustration of constantly waiting around for this boy to call as he messed about with his flock of boys, while also incorporating sweet flashbacks of how we used to be. The biggest plus to this video is it has a total girl power ending, which I love and am super happy about. I just hope people can connect to it and maybe it can bring comfort to people who have been through or are currently going through the same situation.

Leigh: What advice do you have for young girls aspiring to be a musician?

Zana: My advice to young girls who are aspiring to be musicians is to be the best you can possibly be. Practice your craft, whatever that may be. Educate yourself on everything you can, including (and especially) the business side of things because honestly it is rough out here especially for young girls and women. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to always keep your head on straight. People will try to change you or steer you into a different direction than what you want but stay true to yourself and don't do anything you’re not comfortable with. You are you for a reason, and there is only one you in this world, so just know what you want and don’t ever settle for anything less than that.

Follow Zana on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Spotify and watch her video for Call Ya. - The New Nine


#7: Zana – ‘Call Ya’

Rising pop songstress Zana bares all in her new single ‘Call Ya’. Written by Zana and produced by Big Len, the song and its video deals with the raw emotion and questions which derive from the ups and downs of relationships. Zana said: “It was such a long process getting ‘Call Ya’ to where it is now but writing this song was a serious wake up call for me in my personal life and my career. I’m hella excited to share this piece of me with everyone and am so grateful to all the lovely people who were a part of it and who helped me get the video’s look and feel exactly to where I wanted.” - CelebMix


(2/23/18) #6: Call Ya - Zāna - Pop - TuneCore


Discography

Still working on that hot first release.

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Bio

Zāna (ASCAP) is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter, and versatile musician. Originally from Oakland, CA, she currently resides and performs in New York City. In 2016 Zāna earned a BA in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Having collaborated with Grammy winning producers Tim Mitchell and George Noriega, Zāna has launched a solo career as a pop artist. Instruments: vocals, drumkit, arabic percussion (i.e. darbuka, riq, sājāt) and guitar. 

Music

Debut single "Into My Bed" and music video released in August of 2014. "‘Into My Bed’ showcases Zana’s sensual yet pop-like voice, while keeping a soulful tune that showcases her dignified sound." - Skope Magazine 

Second single "Deeper" and music video released in 2015. The ‘Deeper’ music video has crossed over into the international market, featuring Filipino star-actor Xian Lim as Zāna’s main love interest. 

Third single "Those Days" released in March of 2017. “She wants her happiness back, and whoever has it, kindly give it back to the singing beauty.” - Redwine Music 

Fourth Single (most recent) "Call Ya" and music video released February 23rd of 2018. "Zana just released her new music video for “Call Ya” and you need to see it!" Just Jared Jr.

Live

Zāna has performed live to 1000+ people at the Alameda County Fair (2010-2012), Hayward Zucchini Festival (2011), Castro Valley Fall Festival (2010), Oakland Art and Soul Festival (2012), and Montclair Beer and Wine Festival (2013) in Northern California. Luška Noć/Luška Fešta in summer of 2013 and 2014 to 600+ people in Luka (Dugi-Otok), Croatia. Castro Valley Pride 2015 for 450+ people in CA. Toured Serbia (August 2017), playing in popular lounges across Belgrade and Clinika Club in Niška Tvrdava during the 52nd Niš Film Festival. Currently performing at live venues in New York, i.e. Gussy’s in Astoria, Branded Saloon in Brooklyn, Alphabet Lounge in East Village, Shrine in Harlem, and more. Weekly performances at (Tuesdays 8-11pm) Pocion Lounge in Washington Heights and (Thursdays 7:30-10:30pm) Off the Grid Pub & Grub in Harlem.

Media

Reverbnation: #1 on local (Oakland, CA) and regional (Bay Area, CA) pop charts, as well as top 10 on national and global charts. Over 186K video plays on Youtube, 82.9K song plays, and over 40K followers on all social media platforms. Featured on the homepage of Radio Submit in 2015 and played by Indie Radio Stations: KAOS 89.3FM, KPOO San Francisco, KRVM 91.9FM, Take 2 Radio, and more.

Club

‘Into My Bed’ remixed by RedSoul in September of 2014: ‘Into My Bed (RedSoul Club Mix)’ and ‘Into My Bed (RedSoul ‘Wan’t More’ Remix)’ distributed via Kings of Spins.


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