“"Her gentleness and humility in her songs quietens your spirit. When I heard her songs and voice it reminded me of a young Arethra Franklin." ”
— Shellie Morris, indigenous Australian singer/songwriter
Zaynab Wilson, a Montréal-born multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter with the spirit of a traveller, anchors to the rhythm, melody, and matters of the psyche while exploring the depths of her story. She sculpts a soundscape that binds the intrinsic Afro-Caribbean rhythms developed in her childhood performance years and the heart-driven, improvisational song styles of Jazz and Soul music.
With over two decades of performing as a session and support musician for several artists, Zaynab began performing her original material in 2018 across Canada, the US, and Australia. She released her first single, “Golden”, in 2020. This year she is following up with music releases from her forthcoming EP, Dwij: a concept album exploring the odyssey of rebirth, recalibrating, and reimagining her artistic definition. This body of work is a dedication to the kindred ears and hearts of the world – may the music speak to the heart in mind.
- Original music project: Kuranda Roots Festival 2021 (AUS), Island Vibe Micro Edition 2021 (AUS), Global Toronto Spotlight Artist 2022 (CAN)
- Sowing Seeds Intl Artist Residency Udaipur, India (January 2020) - Recipient of Canada Council for the Arts Residency Grant program
- Two-time recipient of FACTOR Artist Development grant
- Support musician: Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Beaches International Jazz Festival (Canada), Hillside Festival (Canada), Celtic Connections (Scotland)
-Release forthcoming EP in 2022
-Co-facilitate through community music, offering creative and meditative workshops.
-Connect, collaborate, and expand upon a global artist collective.
-Continue to develop as an artist through residencies, performances, and artistic collaborations