Zerafina Zara
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Zerafina Zara

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Band Pop Adult Contemporary


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Waiting for the Rain (2009)



Zerafina Zara is the queen of soulful, lyrical roots-rock music. Think Joni Mitchell and Dusty Springfield on a relaxing seaside holiday, with visits from Lucinda Williams and Portishead.

She blends soul, roots and rock with alt country flavours and serves them up with powerfully inviting live performances.

Undoubtedly one of Australia's most talented & poetic singer-songwriters, Zerafina inspired the cream of Australia’s top musicians; from Paul Kelly and Pete Murray’s band, to play on her debut album Waiting for the Rain. In fact, most of Michelle Shocked’s Australian tour band played on the title track.

Her creative force has been shaped with inspirational production by Peter Luscombe (Paul Kelly, Rockwiz), mentoring by U.S. songwriting guru Pat Pattison (John Mayer, Gillian Welch) and playing by Bill McDonald and Jonathon Zion (members of Paul Kelly and Pete Murray’s band.)
The songs are threaded through with images of the sea, fire and wine to explore mistakes made, love lost and love wanted. Lose yourself in the swirling slide guitars and lap-steel on the title-track, ‘Waiting for the Rain’ and dance like it’s ‘New Year’s Day’ to the more rock influenced tunes.
Discover her compelling performance as you are embraced by the lyrical honesty, playfulness and soulful sound of her live shows.

What reviewers have said so far:

"...Zara’s sultry vocals, poetic lyrics and subtle emotive elements will capture you from the moment you put ‘Waiting for the Rain’ in the CD player.”
Jesse Kuch, The Cairns Post

“...brimming with soul and a dash of suitable sultry sexiness,”
Clem Bastow, Inpress.

“...there is a kind of poetic honesty on display in the lyric department,”
Daniel Z Beat Magazine.