It is said that all which is planted in the spring will yield a bountiful harvest in the fall, and this is truly the case with Stand Strong, the new Single from West Coast Reggae, Soul, Pop, and R&B artist Zahira. Stand Strong is an internationally inspired release, written during Zahira's travels in Peru in collaboration with Mexico-native producer Alann Ulises. The new Single serves as a powerful reminder that love is the best response to all situations, no matter how difficult. Stand Strong will be released worldwide on all major digital services on September 8, 2017, and will be followed with a new music video, release shows, and the 'Beyond Time Tour" along the West Coast in November 2017 featuring Indubious, Zahira, and art by Lindy Kehoe. This Single's cover art is a painting by visionary roots artist DiP SouLion with additional design by Digital Mirror Graphics.
Zahira is a cultured renaissance woman whose pure, powerful, and resonant voice has received rave reviews from fans and critics around the world. Zahira's original music combines elements of Soul, Pop, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Electronica, with a style and tone described as a blend of vocalists such as Lauryn Hill, Madonna and Erykah Badu. Her success as an internationally known vocalist, songwriter, and musician, as well as her energetic performances, inspire others to be strong and positive. Being part indigenous, she utilizes her music to promote healing and empowerment in response to human and environmental rights.
This prolific songstress completed her first limited-edition EP in 2011. In 2013, she released the singles 'Summertime" and 'Easy Days," and in the spring of 2014 ZAHIRA released Rise Up, her first full-length album. Her newest release since her winter 2016 single 'Ascension," Stand Strong is an anthem for revolution beyond genre that is a unique concoction of Soul, Rock, and EDM, all driven by deep bass and passionate vocals. 'Stand Strong is a reminder to respond with love to all situations, especially in challenging times," says Zahira. 'Its essence activates a higher perspective on life and encourages us to take responsibility for our own vibration. This song is a call to the creator to remind us to be strong even when crazy troubles get in our way. To stay balanced amongst the polarities of this dualistic world."
No stranger to the music industry, Zahira has worked with several globally renowned artists including Luciano, KRS-One, Bibi McGill, Yami Bolo, Red Fox, Indubious, Rocker-T, Jah Levi and Sol Seed. She has worked with producers and engineers such as Don One, Vince DiLorenzo, Solji Hamilton, Jaya Raise and Janaka. Additionally, Zahira has played to crowds at several festivals and locations around the world including California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida, Canada, Israel, the Dominican Republic, Bali and Thailand, taking fans on a truly uplifting musical journey. She can be seen performing with her solo live-electronic project and with her band, or as a guest vocalist with Oregon Reggae Rootstronica group Indubious, who also featured Zahira on their track 'Root Down" on their album From Zero.
Zahira was born and raised in Canada. She began embracing her love of music at a young age when she became a gospel choir soprano vocalist. Within a few years, her family moved to the USA where she became more focused on refining her natural talents, realizing she was bound for a career in the arts. As a teenager, she became the front-woman of Soul Union, her first band, and ever since she has pursued her career as a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Besides studying Jazz Vocals and Performance at Green Mountain College, ZAHIRA has independently trained in North Indian Classical Vocals, Sound Healing, Performance, Dance, and West African Drumming. Aside from her native English, she has written and performed songs in Hebrew, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, Michif, and indigenous languages to share her message with the world.
Since Zahira debuted in the early 2000s with jazz influenced soul and reggae material, she has undergone a metamorphosis into an experimental neo-soul, reggae, and electronic fusion artist as of 2015. Besides performing, Zahira has also written songs for various films and television commercials. This devoted vocalist's voice ranges from alto to a high soprano, and she uses it as a dynamic instrument in a rich and powerful way. Her unconventional, eclectic style and positive lyrics have made a unique and powerful impact upon her listeners. Zahira radiates pure light and positive energy on stage and brings her audience on a journey beyond time and space.
'Better not run and hide from it, better take the time and just work on it." – Zahira
Pre-order Stand Strong on iTunes.