This is a public listening party for ZALE’s new album, Fortress, with live music by The Pussywillows and ZALE!
Doors @ 1:30 PM
Meet ZALE, a driven young songstress whose unique musical style combines her classical training, love of the blues narrative, and rock n’ roll attitude. ZALE is touring around the Southeast, promoting her debut solo record Fortress, which is to be released in March 24, 2015. The front-woman and songwriter has recorded two EP’s with her former band Boomfox and has headlined well-known Athens’ venues The Georgia Theatre and 40 Watt Club. ZALE is also a member of a female Americana duo called The Pussywillows with her writing partner and friend, Carly Gibson. As a recent graduate of The University of Georgia, ZALE earned degrees in Social Media Theory and Music Business and now the soulful songstress is ready to take the next step in her career as a solo artist. She has been called a combination of Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow with a modern flare. Inspired by love, loss, and the stressful journey to adulthood, Hannah Zale delivers every lyric with heart and passion.
The young front-woman and songwriter has just completed her debut solo record Fortress to be to be released on March 24, 2015 with Republic Records-signed, Louisiana-based rockers Baby Bee (Joe and David Stark). “ZALE is certainly an artistic force to be reckoned with. Her voice carries her strongly through a wide variety of musical styles,” Joe Stark.
ZALE’s record is somewhat of an artistic experiment. Each song has been carefully crafted by the songwriter to fit the sole narrative of the individual song, rather than fitting all of the songs to one predetermined sound. This alternative Americana artist does not play by the rules of the industry; she has always followed the beat of her own drum and continues to do so in winning fashion.
Carly Gibson and Hannah Zale have joined forces as The Pussywillows, and they are already leaving their mark on the Atlanta music scene. Individually, these women are incredibly strong performers and songwriters; together, they are positively formidable.
Hannah Zale has a diverse background in music, beginning her career as a bumblebee in a community production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” and ultimately starring in over 30 musicals throughout her life. Hannah competed in the Miss America Organization as a teen, where she learned how to command a stage and stand out in a crowd. In her recent college years, Zale’s band, Boomfox, is one of the most successful young bands in Athens, playing a main stage ATHFEST show and earning the support of local heroes like David Lowery of Cracker and Julian Dorio of The Whigs. Zale currently studies voice at the elite Jan Smith Vocal Studio and just finished recording her first solo album “Fortress” (March 24, 2015 release). It is clear when you hear Hannah Zale that the girl has “IT.” She has a powerful voice, relatable songs, and a stage presence that makes every audience member an instant fan.
In the music world, Carly Gibson is what you would call a triple threat: she not only composes soulful and sophisticated music, she also sings beautifully and plays a mean acoustic guitar. In addition, she is developing a substantial reputation for her lead chops on electric guitar. Carly’s music resonates with the flavors that reflect her own diverse musical tastes and influences. Rock, jazz, folk, blues, Americana, bluegrass and funk all find their place in her repertoire. Carly as opened for or shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Geoff Acheson, Glen Phillips, Randall Bramblett, Caroline Aiken, Grayson Capps, Chris Hicks (Marshall Tucker Band), Michael Tolcher, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and more.