Today we’d like to introduce you to Zea Sy.
Zea, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Man where to begin… I’ve have had many lives in my life so far.
I grew up in dc before my mom (who worked for USAID) got a job in Africa. That transition was so tough for me as I was an only child and it was just her and I. But that moved changed my life. It really forced to me accept and want to understand the culture and why people do and believe what they do. I started listening to a ton of different types of music and learning about countries I couldn’t even pronounce.
But after an accident I had, I got super depressed because they had to shave all my hair off and I had a ton of scars (which I still have to this day) and I just felt like a pariah and my mom decided to do something extraordinary. She took three months off work and we did an around the world trip; just her and I. I didn’t want to go because I thought I looked so terrible, but the experience during that trip changed my life. Not only was every country incredible but she showed me how blessed I am, and sometimes getting out of your own head and not caring what others thought about you was more important than missing the lessons and beauty of life. Part of the reason I keep a lot of my hair shaved is because I’m not intimidated by my scars anymore. They are part of my story.
Once I moved back to the US, around 16 that love for culture never left me. I went to school and graduated from college. I had no idea what I wanted to do after, so I prayed and cried to God during this service to show me some direction. Right after, and I mean right after, a friend came up to me and said: ” I’m not sure why I’m supposed to tell you this but I feel like you are supposed to come to Costa Rica with the mission I’m going with.” I said, yes!
Now I’m saying yes but I prob had about $75 to my name at that time. So I decided to pray about it and try my best to fundraise. I went around an hour a day to people’s homes to tell them my story and people actually helped me! I ended up making the money two weeks later; people would donate money to me and they didn’t really know why they were but felt the need to. It was God.
In Costa Rica trip we helped build schools and donate school supplies to multiple schools. It was another life-changing moment. Giving without the expectation of getting something back allowed space for God to speak to me; another chance for me to get out of my own way.
That group was based in Orlando and I felt called to move there; and did, with my cat Bruce. I made the move! It was worth it. Very hard but worth it. I worked there doing many jobs trying to grow my art. I sang a lot in a few bands, writing and pushing… Orlando taught me so much about myself. I made some bad decisions but those don’t define me. They forced me to acknowledge who I was and who I COULD and SHOULD be.
I met people there who became my family and could love me so hard that I could be the best version of myself.
After seven years in Orlando, FL, my husband and I moved to Los Angeles to do music and grow our faith. It has been pretty hard here balancing life but I’m so happy to be here. My faith has grown so much and my art has grown and blossomed into more than I could have ever expected. I know who I am now and I know how I can serve people through my music.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
NO! The road has not been smooth. If the road was everyone would take it for granted and it wouldn’t be something worth fighting for.
Some struggles have been financial. Working multiple jobs to try and make sure you can be creative without worrying about survival is not fun.
But the struggles don’t define me. They grow me and make me strong. I am happy to go through it because that means on the other end of that I’ll be on another paradigm. Who wouldn’t want that?
Some other struggles for me too are not reacting to people who are racist towards me… it can be tough doing rock n roll as a black woman. I hear some mean things and I have to think… this might be the only God someone sees and it could be a teaching moment over adding fuel to the fire.
Another struggle for me is patience. Sometimes I think I should be further along on my journey but I’m where I am for a reason and my journey is not someone else’s (as annoying as that can be). Right now, I’m just making sure I take daily steps toward my goal and do things even when I don’t feel like it.
What should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a rock n roll artist based here in Los Angeles who loves people so hard and wants to eliminate people having a mid-life crisis.
I’m proud of the music Ryan and I have created together. I love that man. He’s a musical genius and an incredible producer/engineer.
Aug 22nd 7:30 at Night Light on sunset blvd.
and September 11 at the study in Hollywood.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Touring in college singing classical/opera in greece. I learned a lot on that trip about music and touring. Singing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln center, and The National Gallery of Art in college are up there too. Doing classical music taught me a lot of breathe support and vowel placements and how incredible important they are! But right now some proud moments are being able to play so many cool shows here in LA and that I know who I am as an artist and human, the music will reflect that; it’s doing really well because I am.
- Website: www.zeasymusic.com
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Joe Hernandez, Me, Ryan Classe