This Is Me
Zāna is a singer-songwriter and versatile musician with a soulful and sultry voice. Originally from Oakland, CA, with Lebanese and Serbo-Croatian roots, she currently resides and performs in NYC. As a multi-instrumentalist, her distinct writing style 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, enabling her to flaunt her hip-shaking belly dancing moves while performing.
Instruments: vocals, drumkit, Arabic percussion (i.e. darbuka, riq, sājāt) and guitar.
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. Zora was brilliant and beautiful, and—like many of us—had her mental health struggles. Zāna addresses some of her own mental health struggles in the EP, such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, and, in turn, insomnia.
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.
The thread that ties her music together is the strength that comes with being vulnerable. "It’s important to me that my music brings you comfort, joy, and the free-spirited attitude to showcase your killer dance moves. I want you to know that you are not alone in your hopes, dreams, fears, and struggles. I'm right there with you."
Zāna’s latest EP, Every Spring, is the third of a four-part project: This Is Autumn, For Winter, Every Spring, and Feeling Summer (coming soon). Together, they 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”.