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Today’s spotlight is on folk-fusion songstress, Zoya!
Storyteller and avid traveller, Zoya, is carving a home for herself in the indie folk music world. Unmasking her conscience in her confessional songwriting and orchestral arrangements, these revelations gather Zoya’s experiences and understandings of the lives with whom she has brushed shoulders.
Beginning the journey in her birth country, India, her childhood home in Southern California, and unearthing countless countries in between, Zoya has developed a genre that stretches across all borders. Zoya kept up with her roots by intertwining the inescapable allure of the North Indian music tradition through her entrancing vocal style that is coupled with intense, stirring harmonies, and eclectic instrumentation
As a graduate from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music, Zoya is nurturing her passion for music by collecting sounds from around the world and accompanies them with her honest lyrics and classical guitar. This new sound she has come to be known for has caught the attention of publications like the Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, MTV Indies,Wondering Sound and more.
Her debut EP titled, “Letters To Toska” released in November 2013 and recieved much acclaim from the Huffington Post, Earmilk, an more. This intimate EP draws to the mind works of other singer-songwriters – Fiona Apple, Ani DiFranco, Laura Marling or Susheela Raman. In November 2014, Zoya released her first ever Visual EP titled, “Lasya”. Partnering with a ballet dancer, modern contact dancer, and Indian dancer she used their choreography as a medium to gather their individual responses to the messages of longing and pining relayed in the lyrics of each song. The result was extraordinary footage that visually expressed this through dance. Now Zoya has been working on her full-length album titled “The Girl Who Used To Live In My Room” that is set to release in July 2015 and that was backed by her “The Girl Who” Kickstarter project.
In February 2015, Zoya performed at Brighton Music Hall with renowned looper – Kawehi – and had the opportunity to join her for her full west coast tour. Since, Zoya has followed the DIY footsteps of Kawehi by starting her own Kickstarter to fund her newest album and her first official tour in August 2015.
Now based in Southern California, Zoya is performing, writing, and recording more than ever before but, soon, hopes to move overseas to foster her eclectic sound and preserve her wanderlust nature.
Zoya: Plugged In is a collaboration project that hopes to raise awareness through electronic music for the need for electricity to provide for a better educational environment in rural India.