Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Dec. 5
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Influences: Mat Kearney, Train, Pete Yorn, the Fray, Ryan Adams
Indie singer-songwriter Zank has been singing and playing guitar his whole life. It's his language, and it's helped him connect with people around the world. Drawing on modern influences such as Mat Kearney, Train, Pete Yorn, The Fray, and Ryan Adams, Zank's captivating melodies, distinctive lyrics, and energetic vocals weave together to create a unique and mesmerizing style of acoustic pop-rock.
Near the end of 2006, Zank left his home in Southern California on a trip around the world with only a miniature acoustic guitar, a backpack, and a plane ticket. It was the journey of a lifetime and an opportunity to explore new influences and write music across the globe. A year later, Zank returned home and began the process of pouring through the notes and reflections he'd chronicled throughout his travels. Soon, lyrics gave birth to melodies, and gradually grew into songs that captured the color and shape of his experiences throughout the world. In the finished songs on his latest album Without a Bridge were an openness and honesty that crackled with life.
Zank is no stranger to the music industry. Early in his professional musical career he had the opportunity to record two records for Polygram with Grammy Award winning producer Mack (Queen, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin). His success in these early bands led to international tours and support from radio, VIVA, and MTV. In his latest effort, Zank's musical identity has finally come into its own thanks to the incredible efforts of musicians like Jack Irons (Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Shawn Davis (Beck, Prince, Lenny Kravitz).
Zank sings songs that evoke the gritty, diverse, and surprising moments that make life worth living. His music is the culmination of a lifetime of experiences and he's just thrilled to share it with the world.