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Zola is an internationally known vocalist and Billboard award winning songwriter whose songs are recognized in many categories including, jazz, cabaret, blues, adult-contemporary and  country.  This versatile singer~pianist has recorded six solo albums of original material, that also include baby lullabies and children’s music. She has performed as lead female singer and commissioned songwriter with general business bands and as a solo artist overseas and locally, making her singer~songwriter USA debut in 1997 at Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club.  In 2006 Zola won critical acclaim and rave reviews for her performance at Scullers that celebrated the launch of her latest CD “here with you” recorded with some of Boston’s finest jazz musicians.  Zola, born in Cape Town, South Africa, apparently began singing long before she could talk. She started composing songs at the piano at a very young age and by the time she was a teenager, she had already had a number of her songs published.   Being the daughter of a world renowned Yiddish and Broadway actress/singer/comedienne, Chayela Rosenthal, Zola’s introduction to the arts came about at a very young age.  Her love of musical theater came naturally, as did her gifted talents as a singer and her ability to act.  By age three she was already the favorite child star in the open air summer stage shows.  At age nine, Zola was singing and dancing in local community variety shows with “The Tripple Ripple” - a singing trio she formed with her two best friends!   She continued on to play every lead role in her school musicals and plays.  Growing up, Zola saw every musical movie, or theatrical production that she could, after which she would race home, humming the theme songs in her head, and run to the piano where her little fingers would effortlessly bring those melodies out to play.   Daughter of Holocaust survivor parents, Zola was “raised in an environment well acquainted with love, need, loss and hope, all of which became the building blocks of her original compositions”, sought after songs that are continually covered by other artist too.  While greatly inspired by Broadway musicals, film scores and instrumentals, Zola’s other musical influences included Barbara Streisand, The Carpenters, The Beatles, Sting, Bette Midler,  Burt Bacaharach,  and the legendary jazz greats. In her college years, while singing with leading general business bands, Zola wrote and performed “First Dance” wedding songs for herself and a few close friends.   She then moved on to voiceovers, commercials, contract work for hire, songs for film and privately commissioned songwriting projects that include personalized song gifts. In between her Creative Arts “Broadway Kid Starz” teaching program and entertaining young children, Zola continues to write, record and perform  - all with equal passion and love.  

Website: www.zola.us       Email: zola@zolasongs.com   Call: 617-575-9652

Press quotes: “...really a beautiful, beautiful CD…”- Holly Harris - WBOS 92.9 - Blues on Sunday. “...good hooks and such pretty melodies…” Ralph Murphy, Assistant VP-ASCAP, Nashville.   “...her songs have a startling immediacy....She has those delicate ethereal high notes that quiver with emotion...” – Beverly Creasey, Theatre Mirror, IRNE.

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performance  &  style

 

ZOLA’s  award winning songs have been recognized in many categories including, jazz, blues, pop and country.  Her gifted talents as a singer-songwriter are clearly reflected in her pure voice, rich melodies, interesting arrangements and honest lyrics.  With her crystal clear vocals, ZOLA fills every song with the passion, playfulness and honesty as true as her soul.  With natural skill ZOLA creates a unique blend of musical styles that take you on a journey reminiscent of Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Karen Carpenter,  yet ultimately resulting in a performance that is all her own.  

 

 

recordings

  

In 1995, ZOLA recorded “Letting Go”, her first solo album of  adult contemporary songs.   In 1997, ZOLA made her debut as a jazz artist at Boston’s renowned jazz club, ScullersThis was followed by the release of “On the Blue Side – Zola sings the Jon Seiff songbook” (2001), then her  self titled  CD ,  “Zola” (2002).    ZOLA  is also featured on  a number of “BSW songwriter” compilation  CD’s and on Boston Sings Out”,  a jazz recording project with the Frank Wilkins Trio, produced by Magnetic Records.  Her latest CD, “here with you”, recorded at Dreamworld Productions studio, was released in November, 2006 at Scullers Jazz Club.

 

 

 

In performance......

 

ZOLA   “here with you”

Internationally known singer-songwriter and Billboard® award-winner Zola returned to Scullers Jazz Club, to celebrate the launch of her latest CD, “here with you”   on November 29, 2006.  The room was was packed with an audience, so blown away by the night's entertainment, they were reluctant to leave. 

Zola delivered a polished performance that moved, touched, thrilled, delighted and mesmerized the audience for one and a half hours, making them laugh, cry, sing out loud and hail her with numerous standing ovations!    Zola's original lyrics about love, friendship, pain and hope touched each and every individual.  With that beautifully alluring voice, sometimes bittersweet, often sultry and sensuous, at times sassy and playful...Zola so  naturally conveys every emotion with amazing brilliance and honesty. 

Her songs,  a unique blend of musical styles comprising jazz, blues, pop,  contemporary cabaret, and more,...  .were enhanced by her phenomenally talented band of musicians:   Doug Hammer on Piano, Steve Chaggaris on Drums, David Landoni on Bass, Trent Austin on Trumpet. 

The daughter of a renowned Broadway actress/singer/comedienne, Zola was, at the age of three (!), the favorite singing child star on the summer stages of Cape Town, South Africa.  By her teens, she was already a published songwriter and accomplished voiceover artist.  In addition to her work as a teacher of English and Drama and as a children’s entertainer, Zola also performed as lead female vocalist with two of her hometown’s most sought after “wedding” bands.  To date, she continues to especially enjoy  writing personalized songs for special occasions.

Since coming to the U.S. in 1986, Zola has accumulated a loyal and growing fan base of audiences of all ages.  

Zola has recorded six solo albums of original material, including children’s music, in addition to her contribution of numerous tracks on artist compilation CDs.  Her latest CD,  “here with you” is a jazz/pop original tribute to love, friendship and life featuring the fabulous four listed above and additionally Jeff Galindo (Trombone)and Arnie Krakowsky (Saxophone). 

 

The CD is available at select Newbury Comics and Borders Music Stores as well as on line at www.zola.us  and  iTunes.

 For more information, please visit www.zola.us  or call 617.575-9652

 

 

 

 

Press Kit   for Zola's  CD    "HERE WITH YOU"

 

On her latest CD release, “here with you,” Boston singer-songwriter, Zola stretches her jazz-pop vocal talent and compositional palette like never before.   In these original songs of love, the subtle variations in theme run from the sultry (Long Long Time, Worth Your While) to the sweetly romantic (You, But to Love You), to the joyous celebration of friendship (A Million Years, I Do Enjoy You So), while managing to slip in a few up tempo dance tunes along the way.  Nor does Zola shy away from setting her evocative voice to confronting the pain of unrequited love (This Is How It Is) or the wistful sadness of separation and goodbye (Blue Rain).  Her stunning performances are accompanied by fine musicians, including Doug Hammer, whose tasteful accompaniment ranges from the sparse piano backing of Ever, to the lush jazz-blues arrangement of the breezy Pinstripe BluesCatch You is a particular showcase for the band, starting off slow and misty,..then picking up tempo to a swinging Latin salsa.  Before bidding us an all-too-speedy goodbye, the artist ties up loose ends with the haunting My Prayer, her intimate, poignant plea, filled with kindness and wishes of genuine love and happiness for anyone out there fortunate enough to be listening.

here with you” is a jazz/pop original tribute to love, friendship and life.  Recorded  at dreamworld Productions, it was co-produced and arranged by Zola and Doug Hammer (piano) and also features Steve Chaggaris (drums), David Landoni (dass), Trent Austin (trumpet), Jeff Galindo (trombone) and Arnie Krakowsky (saxophone). 

 

The CD is available at select Newbury Comics and Borders Music Stores as well as on line at www.zola.us  and  iTunes.

 

For more information, please visit www.zola.us  or call 617-575-9652

 

 

 

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