Saturday, June 13, 2015


I first saw Zella Day at SXSW in 2014.  Earlier that night, I had tried getting into another show (I think it was Angel Oslen) but the line was too long and they had stopped letting people in.  I decided to walk down towards 6th Street and stopped in front of the historic Driskill hotel. Inside, in a room a short distance from the lobby, people started walking in. I followed not knowing who was performing.  It was Zella Day. Here's what I wrote about her last year:  

"Enter Zella Day, the LA-transplant with her whimsical folk/pop melodies that conjures images of  fruitful rains on barren landscapes that, in one minute can be cracked dry, and the next, sprouting with bright, lush poppies. Her songs are simple yet complex but it's her voice that, like someone taking you by the hand and leading the way, draws you into her world." 

  The Los Angeles native has since been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Teen Vogue and other magazines like Nylon, Paste and Interview.  Just this past week, she performed on Conan.

Now, a year later, Zella Day has released her debut album Kicker and she celebrated with a sold out show at LA's famed Troubadour last week.  Kicker is named after an Indian friend she knew while growing up in Arizona.  Check Zella Day's performance on Conan below.