Music had been the bug that Zoe Sara kept going back to. She’d explored modeling but a career in music was always her dream. When writing her album, “Fall,” the singer/songwriter played a song she had written for her friend. “We have to record this,” he said. The condition for Zoe was that nobody would ever hear it. “We were having so much fun we recorded a couple other songs,” Zoe said. “The desire to do it outweighed the fear.” And thus, an album - and an artist - was born.
Q – How and when did you get started in music?
A – Well, it started when I was 6 or 7. My grandmother was a touring musician. She was a pianist and organist. My uncles were musicians and songwriters as well. It kind of started when one of my uncles gave me a keyboard for Christmas when I was 8. I locked myself in my room that day and started tinkering around.
Then I lost interest in that but I always would write poetry and songs and melodies all throughout my teenage years. It was always something like when I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep I’d write three or four songs. It was my creative outlet for years. But I kept it under wraps because I thought I had a terrible voice and was too terrified to take the next step.
Q – Your debut album titled, “Fall,” will drop January 21, 2014. There seems to be a few different genres coming out of your music. How would you describe your music?
A – That’s the most difficult question I get asked. It’s a little bit rootsy, Americana, folky music. My big inspirations are Son House and Howlin’ Wolf and artists like that, the old Rolling Stones from the ‘60s and ‘70s and Velvet Underground. A lot of those were heavy influences.
Q - Much of the lyrics seem very personal. Does your personal life appear in your music?
A – Oh yeah, they are. It’s a little bit of everything. I can pinpoint all of my relationships and my experiences and having hope. Not all songs are just about love. There are some that are about finding yourself.
Q - What do you want people to take away from the album?
A – Honesty and hope… I’ve never really thought about that. Maybe if people can find a piece of themselves in it. That you can get through the tough times and stand up for yourself, especially as a woman you can be a strong, independent woman who demands respect in life. You can grow spiritually, whatever that path may be, and you can get to the other side when you’ve been in a dark period in your life.
Q - What challenges do you face being an independent artist?
A – Oh my God, so much more than I imagined. I’m wearing so many hats from marketing to manager, to distribution. Everything you can imagine. I don’t know how independent artists do it, quite honestly. I’ve had a lot of help in a lot of different ways so it’s not like I’m entirely on my own with things but I haven’t necessarily committed to a label or a manager at this point so I’m working on this thing on my own so we’ll see how it goes.
Q – That’s all I have. Is there anything you wanted to add?
A - The album will be going on pre-sale/pre-release sale on iTunes so people can order it before the release date.
Visit Zoe Sara on the web at http://www.zoesara.com.
Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He also is the author of the novels, The Extraordinary Life of Shady Gray, Hello Lesbian! and Anonymous. Visit him at www.tanamor.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.