Indie Musician Spotlight: Zak Smith
Time to face the spotlight squarely on another indie musician, and this time it’s pointed directly onto musician Zak Smith. Name sound familiar? That’s because we’ve had him as a guest on the Indie Minded Radio Show in the past. It’s about time we took a closer look at him.
Fresh off of a series of international tours, singer Zak Smith recently released his newest album, Precambrian Age, featuring the lead single “Tombs Don’t Roll Back.” The alternative track calls to mind a young Bruce Springsteen with its soulful lyrics and multi-influenced instrumentals. Born and raised in New Jersey, Smith has been heralded for his ability to merge alternative rock with Americana to form his own signature sound. His EP Haunted Feet, released in 2011, introduced the band’s use of gospel-influenced call and response back up singing style used by legends like Ray Charles and The Temptations and was followed up by his self-titled full-length release last fall.
Zak was named Best Male Vocalist at the 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, among several other nominations, and has seen his albums named to countless top ten lists, including having one listed at #20 in the recently published book “Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 from New Jersey Artists.”
Always writing, Zak has a vast catalog of songs he plans on releasing throughout the coming years beginning with Precambrian Age.
Let’s take a listen to one of his tracks from Precambrian Age called Tombs Don’t Roll Back: