Zo! (n) -- 1. Metro Detroit-born, Metro DC-based musician/producer Lorenzo Ferguson. 2. An exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist who claims the piano/keyboard as his primary instrument, but is self-taught on the bass guitar, the drums, and most recently the guitar. 3. A Musical Architect who utilizes all sound elements to form original compositions that can be classified under no single genre of music.
With a catalog that dates back to 2001, Zo! began to generate interest in his music by completing and circulating five instrumental projects from 2001 through April of 2003. He began to receive the most attention from his projects entitled Zo! Presents… Passion & Definition and remix album Re:Definition (2005). Passion…, released in July of 2004, is a soul-driven instrumental album that boasts a 21-track lineup of thick low-grooving rhythms that all possess a wonderful warm quality. Both albums thoroughly showcase Zo!'s ability to expand creatively as he played all of the different instruments live.
Though largely known for his solo work, Zo! has collaborated with a variety of artists such as Finalé, Slum Village, Asylum 7, YahZarah, Sy Smith, Asheru, Kev Brown, Platinum Pied Pipers, Little Brother, and The Foreign Exchange. In 2004 he teamed with producer Waajeed of the Platinum Pied Pipers to play keys on the lead single "Stay With Me" featuring vocalist Tiombe Lockhart, which appears on their debut album Triple P.
After relocating from Michigan to Maryland on February 10, 2006, ...just visiting was released the following month. This vinyl-only release contains six tracks of remade classics, including "Caught Up In the Rapture", "Free," and "Star of the Story". At the end of 2006, Zo! completed the production work for yet another instrumental album entitled Freelance a 15-track creative spectrum of work.
During the production of …just visiting, Zo! met and began working with Phonte of Little Brother as 2005 came to a close. Little did they know, they were building a working foundation for what would lead to larger-scaled future collaborations with Little Brother on their Getback album (“When Everything Is New”) and The Foreign Exchange’s acclaimed Leave It All Behind LP (“If She Breaks Your Heart”). In the summer of 2008, Zo! and Phonte released their limited edition CD (2500 copies) and ode to 80’s music entitled Zo! & Tigallo Love the 80’s.
On New Year’s Day 2009, Zo! teamed up to create a collaborative album with Detroit emcee Asylum 7 entitled Overdue Process, which can be found and purchased on iTunes and the Tasteful Licks Records site.
One can catch Zo! rocking the keyboards with the DC band - The ELs providing the music for The Foreign Exchange, or playing keys and bass for Platinum Pied Pipers.
Currently, Zo! is completing the production work for two albums – The first, is the sequel to …just visiting entitled ...just visiting too, which features vocalists Sy Smith, Carlitta Durand, Phonte, and Darien Brockington. ...just visiting too is scheduled to be released Fall of 2009. The second and most anticipated is the solo project SunStorm. So far the collaborating artists include: Phonte, Sy Smith, YahZarah, AB, Asylum 7, and Monica Blaire. SunStorm is slated for an early 2010 release under The Foreign Exchange Music imprint.