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, Jillette Johnson, Ari Hest, Liz Longley, Seth Glier, Jenn Grinels and many more.
Her ability to captivate the crowd and to make listeners feel understood, has been what has kept Zarni booked months in advance with doing what she loves most.
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 has been a full-time touring and recording artist. Her fans have shown their support during two successful crowd-funding campaigns and in 2015, a group of fans from Portland banned together and secretly raised money to buy Zarni a state of the art Nord keyboard that she had been wanting for years. In addition to constantly performing and releasing new material, the young songstress has written for several other artists; Amber Lawrence, The Gibbonses, Mia Verdoorn, and more.
In the most recent Great American Song Contest, Zarni was a top 5 winner along-side her co-writing partner Jilian Linklater (www.jilianlinklater.com). The two songstresses wrote their winning song "Build You Up" in September of 2015 in Nashville after only having met once; its safe to say they hit it off.
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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