Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Zella Day blends modern pop with a touch of Western Bohemian flair.
A native of Arizona, she was raised in a small mountain town near Phoenix, where her parents ran a cafe and art space whose creative clientele helped to nurture her musical interests. Picking up the guitar at age nine, she was writing her first songs within a few years, influenced by the classic singer/songwriter records in her parents' collection and her rugged natural surroundings. Eventually relocating to L.A., Day first came to notice when her 2012 acoustic cover of the White Stripes
' "Seven Nation Army" began racking up the hits on YouTube. Soon she adopted a lusher, pop-oriented sound, which led some critics to refer to her as a happier-sounding Lana Del Rey
. Her first single, "Sweet Ophelia"/"1965," arrived in April 2014, and in October of that year she released her self-titled debut EP on California indie B3SCI Records. In 2015, Day released her full-length studio album Kicker, which featured production from Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry
(aka Wax Ltd.). ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi