About Zain Lodhia

Singer-songwriter Zain Lodhia never touched a guitar, sang a note, or wrote a song until five years ago. Back then, he was in college and his roommates bought the music videogame Rock Band and tasked him with being their singer. Through learning the game’s repertoire, he discovered his own musicality and embraced a new era of creative self-expression. Zain has emerged a masterful songwriter with a sweetly expressive voice. He announces his music career with the balmy and uplifting, The Leap (AfterSound Records).

“Back then I had no interest in pop or rock,” he says. “I was learning songs for success of game, but I started liking the music, it opened me up.”

The Chicago based artist’s breezy emotionality and empowering pop sensibility has earned him favorable comparisons to OneRepublic, John Mayer, Maroon 5, The Fray, The Script, and Andrew Belle. He’s been nurturing his unique blend of shimmering acoustic roots and pop overtones mixed with positivity since 2009. In 2011 he
released the Memories EP. For his latest, The Leap, he worked with producers Tim Brennan and Mark Sutor, formerly of the acclaimed pop-punk band June, and the outcome is a leap forward, indeed. The Leap is stately radio-ready pop with purposeful soulfulness.

The stunning “Lifetime” soars with uplifting urgency. Zain sings with graceful passion: A second chance is all you need/I swear you'll get that chance with me so if you trust yourself again/oh you know we'll make it in the end/cause all the debts you paid, all the things you gave/sacrifices you made have not gone in vain. The title track is a goose bump inducing call to arms to pursue what you love. It’s flowing and purposeful, rich with layered atmospherics and anthemic hooks. “I remember writing that song. It signified a lot of what I was going through in deciding to pursue
music fulltime,” he says. “But it can apply to any leap of faith, it’s about overcoming your fears.” Another standout is the boldly vulnerable “I Wonder. ” “That song is basically about an awkward moment,” he says with a laugh.

“It’s a milestone being able to hold this album in my hands. Music has always been a passion of mine, but it wasn’t until later in my life that I discovered how powerfully songs can move us,” he says, pausing reflectively. “I’m so glad I didn’t let my fears hold me back.”

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