Zāna is an Oakland-bred pop singer-songwriter based out of NYC, with Lebanese and Serbo-Croatian roots. As a multi-instrumentalist with a soulful and sultry voice, she incorporates melodies and rhythms from different genres, such as Arabic, Latin, Balkan, RnB, and other influences to create what she calls her “Gypsy Pop” sound. With her singular voice, Zāna conjures up a breathtaking beauty even as she fearlessly explores complex issues like depression and anxiety.
Produced by Zāna herself in collaboration with engineer Al Hemberger (Rihanna, Christina Aguilera), her debut EP, The Beauty of Zora, is a play on her first name “Zana” meaning “Beauty” in Arabic and her middle name “Zora” meaning “Dawn” in Serbian/Croatian. Most importantly, it’s a dedication to her late grandmother “Zora” who suffered from schizophrenia.
Throughout all of her music, you can hear the elegant musicality she’s honed since childhood, naming everyone from Nina Simone to former Yugoslavian pop singers and rock bands among her influences, Zāna started drumming at age 8, learned to play guitar at 15, and later attended and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Professional Music.
"It’s important to me that my music brings you comfort, joy, and the free-spirited attitude to showcase your killer dance moves." Zāna’s latest EP, This Is Autumn, is the first of a four-part project: This Is Autumn, For Winter, Every Spring, and Feeling Summer. Together, they will complete a cohesive project intended to represent all emotions. When the seasons are removed from each EP title, the words left are “This Is For Every Feeling”.
Instruments: vocals, drumkit, arabic percussion (i.e. darbuka, riq, sājāt) and guitar.
"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
*NEW* This Is Autumn - EP released November 28th, 2020
Debut EP The Beauty of Zora feat. single "Wish He'd Stayed" released July 27th of 2018.
"PopDust EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN | Zāna: The Beauty of Zora. Her Debut Album is Dedicated to Her Late Grandmother, and it Holds... So Much." PopDust
"With a video for “Nah” on the horizon, Zāna is set for a prominent year and a new way for us all to send off unwanted advances without wasting our breath." Girl Underground
"PREMIERE: Zāna Is Captivating & Angelic in the Video for 'Wish He’d Stayed'" Ones to Watch
''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
''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.
‘'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
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 (Aug. 2017), playing popular lounges in Belgrade and Clinika Club in Niška Tvrdava during the 52nd Niš Film Festival. Currently performing at live venues across New York City and the Tri-State Area, i.e. Mercury Lounge, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Le Chateau in NJ, L’Escale in CT, Gussy’s in Astoria, Branded Saloon in Brooklyn, Alphabet Lounge in East Village, Shrine and Silvana in Harlem, The Roxy Hotel and The Django in Tribeca, The Cupping Room Cafe in Soho and more.
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.
"Gypsy-Pop singer Zāna
Takes you by Surprise"
- Weadia Media