Starting at the beginning, Gianluca Zanna, was born in Rome, Italy, and raised in the seacoast city of Anzio, one of the most pivotal places in the outcome of World War II. There, he spent much time with his maternal grandfather who would often playfully sing to Luca about Arizona (Il Tango delle Capinere), where the young boy never imagined he would one day make his home.
Living near the sea, Luca learned the love of freedom and wide open places, surfing and swimming almost daily. He also learned the price of freedom, on his many visits to the Cemetery of American Soldiers in Nettuno.
During WWII, Zanna's family was under German occupation, and they were liberated by American soldiers, so he was raised with the respect and the admiration of the American people who sacrificed their life for his freedom (listen to his song Thank You America).
Since high school, Zanna was a supporter of America despite the communist party's popularity in Italy.
During his Convitto Nazionale boarding school experience, at 14, Luca discovered music. From that point on, instead of playing soccer (he hated it), he started to write songs, lyrics, and he taught himself how to play guitar, bass, drums and everything else that makes noise. He says the brain was and is his main musical instrument.
As a student, Luca studied Ancient Latin and Ancient Greek. He also discovered a love for the great Italian poets of the classical past, like Ovidio, Catullo, Dante, Petrarca, and D'Annunzio. He admired their ability to transmit feelings and pictures in a few brief phrases as a way to fight for what they believed in whether it be love or politics.
Every spare moment, instead of playing soccer, he wrote poetry and dreamt to one day become an American.
At 16 he joined the Military Academy of Nunziatella in Naples, Italy.
On the weekends, when most of the other boys would return home, Luca remained alone in the dormitory because he was often punished for his questioning character and his refusal to be bullied by his seniors.
After High School graduation, he spent a period as a world traveler, passionate about windsurfing. He stayed in the South Pacific, Polynesia, Fiiji, Samoa, and the Canary Islands, among other exotic locations. Before he legally emigrated to America, Luca was admitted to the prestigious Rome University Law School, where he excelled until he realized that he was wasting his time in Italy, studying Italian law, when he actually knew in his heart he wanted to become an American.
In this period, Zanna was one of the youngest Publishers of the Italian Music Business: he ran a Magazine, Contatto Discografico, and he published music books like the Vocal Method of Elizabeth Sabine, the vocal coach of several rockstars from Hollywood like Megadeth and Axl Rose. Zanna was also Music Manager and Music Producer (he produced Aurelio RE) to several musical bands in Rome.
Oppressed by an unjust socialist system without individual rights--only government privileges--and an unjust tax system, he decided to shut down his business and perform on the streets of Rome as a Roman Gladiator taking picture for tourists and staging historical fight reenactment shows for exclusive audiences. Interacting with the tourists, he practiced his English.
Finally he made his big step: he went to the US Embassy in via Veneto where successfully got a Visa to come to AMERICA!
He legally emigrated to America the October 1998, and here, he's written and produced over a hundred songs.
Currently, he lives in Arizona. He supports the John Birch Society, Guns Owners of America, JPFO and he is a proud Arizona Citizens Defense League member. He was a registered Republican, but October 2014 after years of disappointments of the Republican party, he burned his registration card and he became Independent. He always put God, America and the US Constitution before any party allegiance.