With a down to earth and charming stage persona... Zarni's uniquely warm voice wears honest, heartfelt, and fresh lyrics right on the sleeve. 
The rising Singer/Songwriter,who was born and raised in South Africa, has shared the stage with Mary Lambert,Anberlin, the Presidents of the United States of America, Jillette Johnson, Ari Hest, Liz Longley, Seth Glier, Jenn Grinels and many more.

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2011, with two prestigious scholarships (The Scott Benson; the highest award given for Songwriting and the Korg Endowed Scholarship), Zarni became a full-time touring and recording artist with fans showing their support in various ways; from two successful crowd-funding campaigns to a group of Portland fans buying her a state-of-the-art Nord keyboard that she had been wanting for years. In addition to constantly performing and releasing her own new material, the young songstress has written for several other artists; Amber Lawrence, The Gibbonses, Mia Verdoorn, and more.

In June of 2016, Zarni signed a publishing contract with Nashville based Publishing company, SNG Music, founded by Steve Leslie and Gary Reamey and is now a full-time songwriter.

"Build you up" Music and Lyrics (by Zarni and Jilian Linklater)

"Build you up" Music and Lyrics (by Zarni and Jilian Linklater)


Rumor has it...


Judges of the Great American Song Contest praised Build You Up for it's "impressive lyrical imagery, original story and well-designed melody"

“Behind that fresh young face is an old soul guided by an emotional wisdom beyond her years.”  Chris KocherPress and Sun Bulletin

"It’s in that emotional core that you find at the center of all Zarni’s work. Skinless, it feels honest, unguarded, and vulnerable. Zarni channels her raw feelings and emotion into words and sound, in a way that few artists do, or even can."- Brian Snider, Secretly Important

" the music just consumes you in a big bear hug and even asks if you’d like to dance a time or two"- Seattle Wave Radio

“Zarni has rare talent and her interpretation of music is stunningly soulful. She has such stage presence and very comfy on the keyboard. She just oozed class throughout her show and the crowd fell in love with her on the first key.” Rustic Theatre South Africa

"In 32 years of the radio business, I have rarely heard a singer/songwriter with so much talent. Her music comes from her heart and a place beyond her years. Zarni is an original." John Majhor Canadian Radio Broadcaster



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