“Zanya’s music ranks amongst the best! She has a stunning voice with a rich, melodic and jazzy blend of neo-soul!” www.trakheadz.com
Zanya Laurence, new to the stomping grounds of the Mile High City, is itching for adventure & ready to blaze her own soulful trail through the many opportunities of a new land. Her sophomore album, due out October of 2012, is highly anticipated by her fans & reviewers, but only the latest chapter in the story of her musical journey.
Inspired by R&B/Soul, Jazz & Funk, & melting them down into a fluid sound that is all her own, Zanya has incorporated her creative writing & raw emotion into the lyrics found on her independent debut, “Soul Theory”, recorded at her studio/company, “Soul Spot Music”. After moving back to Albuquerque from Los Angeles when her father fell ill, she was nominated for several New Mexico Music Awards while performing locally & promoting her single, “Sunday”, through a nation-wide top 40 radio campaign with Howard Rosen Promotions.
“With astonishingly ripe class, Zanya Laurence is a solid independent Neo-Soul queen in the modern R&B genre and a serious recommendation for any true music lover of substance and character.” www.soulsite.de
With honors, she graduated from the Vocal Institute of Technology at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA with extensive training in theory, performance & music business, while performing the Hollywood area regularly with her band in well-known venues such as the Knitting Factory, as well as cozier venues, like the Bliss Café’.
Born in southern California & raised in New Mexico, her musical evolution encompassed learning to play the classical guitar at her father’s knee. In choir & band during her younger years, she moved onto writing & recording originals by her teens, eventually growing into the passionate muse she projects in her work today.
“Zanya Laurence reaches Alicia Keys’ highs on “Soul Theory”! Thankfully, Laurence is someone who is seemingly inspired more by Keys’ creative ambitions than her trademark style.” Fear of a Rap Planet
Although, Zanya Laurence has been compared to several established artists, her substantial & vocal originality can be heard through her passionate expression, phrasing & thoughtful delivery. At the end of the day, Zanya’s sound is truly one of a kind.
“Laurence is a young talent with an obvious affection for classy, soulful artists such as Alicia Keys and the disappearing act known as Lauryn Hill but, Laurence holds her own. Blessed with a rich, sultry voice that is no pale imitation of her idols.” whisperinandhollerin.com
Written by: Jody Robinson/ HB Magazine/ Contact Zanya Laurence (818-391-0934) / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.zanyamusic.com