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About Zara McFarlane

Born to Jamaican parents in Dagenham, England, rich-voiced jazz vocalist, composer, and producer Zara McFarlane grew up listening to reggae and R&B. At the age of 14, she made her first appearance on television when she performed a Lauryn Hill song on the program Stars in Their Eyes. She attended the BRIT School, the University of West London's Tech Music School, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she developed her love for jazz. Her first recordings were done with house act Bopstar. A six-track debut EP followed in 2010, but she didn't gain a significant amount of attention until BBC DJ Gilles Peterson signed her to Brownswood and released the album Until Tomorrow in October 2011. The refined contemporary jazz set earned her a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) nomination. Her follow-up, the more varied If You Knew Her, was released in January 2014 and led to a MOBO win in the category of Best Jazz Act. A deeper exploration of Afro-Caribbean sounds informed Arise, issued in September 2017. McFarlane has also recorded and/or performed with Denys Baptiste, Nicola Conte, Jazz Jamaica, Soweto Kinch, Orphy Robinson, and Louie Vega. ~ Andy Kellman

Dagenham, England

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