“"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
Anchored in rhythm, melody, and matters of the psyche, Zaynab Wilson works with her dynamic range of musicality and transmutes stories into songs that “quietens your spirit.” The Montréal-born and Trinidadian-cultured artist 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 performing as a session and support musician for several artists, Zaynab began performing her original material in 2018 across Canada, in the US, and Australia and 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.
- Yonder Festival (2020); Kuranda Roots Festival, Australia (2021), Island Vibe Micro Edition (2021)
- Sowing Seeds Intl Artist Residency Udaipur, India (January 2020) - Recicpient of Canada Council for the Arts Residency Grant program
- Two-time recipient of FACTOR Artist Development grant
- Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Beaches International Jazz Festival (Canada), Hillside Festival (Canada), Celtic Connections (Scotland)
-Release forthcoming EP in 2022
-Co-create a community through music, offering creative and meditative workshops.
-Connect and collaborate with artists in Australia, UK, Canada and USA
-Continue to develop as an artist through residencies, performances, and artistic collaborations