Zara McFarlane is a British jazz/soul singer and songwriter in her 30’s, based in East London. Zara was born in London and grew up on the borders of east London and Essex. She was born to parents of Jamaican heritage, which has had a big influence on her musical tastes.
Her TV debut came when she was only 14 years old; she did a Lauryn Hill impression of “Stars In Their Eyes” against a line-up of grown-ups.
She was educated at a local comprehensive before she studied musical theatre at the Brit School; after Brit School she then went on to the London College of Music to study Popular Music Performance, and completed a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies (Vocals) at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Zara was quotes saying that………………..
I FELL IN LOVE WITH MUSICALS AND LEARNED TONS OF OLD SHOWTUNES,” SAYS ZARA. “I QUICKLY REALIZED THAT THEY WERE ALSO JAZZ STANDARDS, AND I ALWAYS PREFERRED THE JAZZ VERSIONS.
Her debut album ‘Until Tomorrow’ was released on Brownswood Recordings in October 2011. Zara’s second album ‘If You Knew Her’ was released in January 2014 (March in Germany) also on Brownswood Recordings. Both albums contain mainly original compositions. She has collaborated with Denys Baptiste, Orphy Robinson, Soweto Kinch and Jazz Jamaica.
Zara was also nominated for the MOBO’s in the Best Jazz Act category in 2012.
When not working on her own materials, Zara has performed as a featured vocalist in Gary Crosby’s SKA Orchestra Jazz Jamaica, and with Esteemed British Jazzers such as Orphy Robinson, Denys Baptiste and Soweto Kinch.
She’s mad House Music with Bopstar and paid tribute to Tammi Terrell with Norwegian DJ/Producer Dalminjo. Her tracts have been remixed and reworked by the likes of Viennese Techno Duo Ogris Debris, Ninja Tune’s Floating Points, Afro-Funker Osunlade and Space-Jazzers Emanative.
She’s fronted it Italian DJ Nicola Conte’s Big Band’ performed at a Nina Simone Tribute Concert in Amsterdam and played support for South African Trumpeter Hugh Masekela and American Singer Gregory Porter.
But get this Goddesses; Zara also maintains a role in education; teaching workshops in vocals and improvisation around Britain and Europe.
She was quotes saying……………..
I LOVE ALL AREAS OF THIS WORK – THE TEACHING, THE PERFORMING – BUT THIS ALBUM SHOWCASES WHAT I’M MOST INTO AT THE MOMENT, WHICH IS WRITING,” SHE SAYS. “THESE SONGS ON THIS NEW ALBUM ARE MORE PERSONAL THAN ANYTHING I’VE EVER WRITTEN. IT’S ME OPENING UP, TAKING LISTENERS ON A JOURNEY.
I have to concur; you can absolutely see all the passion she has for not only her music but what’s going on in the world and right now if we are going to listen to any kind of music with everything that’s going on today we need to listen to her and let he take us on a journey.
The video that I have posted below is so relevant with what’s going on in my home town STL! Ferguson MO. is going through right now and it’s all because of the violence “POLICE IN OUR STREETS & THERE AMMUNITION” Goddess this is real life and real talk; that’s why she is the Fanzyflaminfro Neo Soul Artist of the Week!
Now check out this video by Fanzyflaminfro’s Neo Soul Artist of the Week, Zara McFarlane called Police & Thieves and listen to these lyrics and after you get done doing that say a prayer for our young black men, our kids, our families, our future, our nation, our president and most definitely for Mike Brown’s family (the unarmed young man who was gun down by Ferguson police officer; Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson MO. and as of today September 26, 2014 nothing has yet been done about; even after all the protesting and pleading for answers. NOTHING! WE WANT ANSWERS!!!!!
Goddesses; again, this song is titled “POLICE & THIEVES” this should be a compound word because they are steeling our FUTURE; day by day with all their guns & ammunition!!!!!!
HELP US LORD!