Zo! + Sy Smith “Body Rock” (Acoustic version)

In our now 12+ years of working together, I think it’s safe to say by now that my sister Sy Smith and I have accumulated some gahtdamn jams. This one was written with our brother Phonte and closed out my 2013 album #ManMade.

Since it looks like we’re gonna be in the house for awhile, Sy and I decided to have some fun with it.  #ZoAndSySmith #Acoustic #AtTheCrib #CribJams #WeGonBeHereForAMinute

Zo! & Tall Black Guy Creating “Step Up Front” in the studio.

There were a plenty of “special” moments that occurred during the recording of FourFront.… I’m just happy to have captured one of them.

During only the second studio session that Tall Black Guy and I worked together in, the music for “Step Up Front” happened… …….And I happened to have the camera on for it.

Runnit and learn about the song’s story also.

“The Takeover” – Film by Digifé | Score by Zo!

In the summer of 2017 while in California hosting screenings for our recently completed documentary (Making SkyBreak) on the creation of my album, SkyBreakDigifé (then Digital Café) approached me about a brand new project they had just been commissioned by Northwestern University to do… They wanted to know if I would be willing to score it. To be honest, I don’t even remember if I even knew what the doc was gonna be about when I first interrupted Donnie Seals (of Digifé) to blurt out, “Maaaaan, HELL yeah!!” Fast forward to Sept 2018, here we are with a helluva finished product that I’m super proud to be a part of.

“What was most impressive was the speed and depth this dude works. One day he’d send some funk that sounded like James Brown, the next day epic music like John Williams.”   Donnie Seals of Digifé

The Takeover (2018)
Film by Digifé
Score by Zo!

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Check the film’s OFFICIAL trailer…

 

 

‘Piano & A Microphone’ …Quick Shed Session

Shed time.
Houston and Dallas, see y’all soon.

Friday, September 28, 2018 – HOUSTON, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Green Mill Social Club
630 S Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77047
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
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Saturday, September 29, 2018 – DALLAS, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
FREE with RSVP

‘SkyBreak’ Documentary OFFICIAL Trailer

I’m so very proud to be able to present this to y’all. After talking about and posting some of the teasers over the last month or so, here is the official trailer for my upcoming SkyBreak Documentary.

Film by Digital Café
Documentary Website

‘SkyBreak’ Documentary Trailer #1 – “…SkyBreak is coming, though”

We had some fun with this one, breaking down some of the Zo! & Tigallo Love The 80’s album  answering  the question…
“When is the 90’s (or 80’s part 2) album coming?”

Zo! – SkyBreak
…arriving on May 20th, 2016 via +FE Music

Zo! – SkyBreak Documentary
by Phokus Films & Digital Cafe
Coming soon

 

NEW VIDEO: “California Love – A Triptych” starring Sy Smith, Carmen Rodgers & Zo!

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In the spring of 2015, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith came together as an underground soul power trio, playing live shows on the west coast for a stint they called the “California Love Tour”. Director Shawn Carter Peterson filmed the Los Angeles performance and created a beautiful long play video/short film, capturing the trio’s musical mastery and camaraderie in this presentation of three captivating singles from the show. Sy playfully flaunts her quick-paced scatting chops on “Personal Paradise”, Carmen drips with honey-coated cooing on “It’s Me”, and Zo! shows off his piano virtuosity with “Flight Of The Blackbyrd”. The acoustic set exhibits a beautiful simplicity of instrumentation; just piano (Zo!), upright bass (Maurice Ellis) and drums (Stacey Lamont Sydnor) which makes plenty of sonic room to experience the tunes stripped all the way down. And just like the human form, these tunes are even better naked.

Zo! “Count To Five” Performance featuring Carmen Rodgers – LIVE in Memphis, TN (07.26.14)

Shouts to Ascension Report for the video footage on this one. Taken from our performance in Memphis, TN on July 26, 2014. The Memphis crew had the music sounding good up there… “Count To Five” from my most recent album, ManMade

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Lead Vocal
D’Monet – Background Vocal
T.O. – Guitar
Doc – Bass
Pee Wee – Drums

With The Foreign Exchange on FOX 5 Vegas

I walked back into the Gibson Showroom at FOX 5 Vegas almost a year to the day that I performed on there solo and for my documentary. This time around, I was on keys for the crew… The Foreign Exchange performing “Right After Midnight” from their Love In Flying Colors album. Y’all enjoy this one… And shouts to Phonte for rockin’ the Zo! shirt…

Click the picture below to watch the performance….

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Personnel:
Phonte (of The Foreign Exchange) – Lead Vocal
Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange) – Keyboards
Zo! – Keyboards
Darion Alexander – Moog Bass
Chris Boerner – Guitar
Nick Baglio – Drums
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Tamisha Waden – Vocals