After leaving New England and spending years on the road living out of cars, chasing fiddle festivals, and writing music across the country, he linked up with a rag-tag collective of street buskers in Los Angeles, CA and adopted his Great-Grandfather’s cattle brand as a name–Bar Jay Bar. With a sound honed in front of square dances and sidewalk passersby alike, Bar Jay Bar’s music is born from a love of harmony rich Old-Time country, and features thoughtful originals and reinterpreted classics played on guitar, fiddle, and upright bass. He resides in El Sereno, CA.
“What a gorgeous voice and stunning performer, Zaynab’s sense of humour and wit engages the listener in such an honest way. Her gentleness and humility in her songs quietens your spirit. When I heard her songs and voice it reminded me of a young Aretha Franklin. Truly amazing performer and as Zaynab has been supporting others on their musical journey, the time is now for this young performer with a huge career ahead of her.” – Shellie Morris, Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter
Zaynab, a Canadian-Trinidadian multi-instrumentalist, is slow and steady with her creative and personal expansion. She explores the details and depths of her story through her dynamic music style and passionate expression, and transmutes the raw material of her experiences and voice into songs that “quietens your spirit”. With a diverse musical input ranging from Bob Marley to Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding and Billie Holiday, Zaynab’s output flows with elements of improvisation influenced by Jazz, Soul, R&B and Afro-Caribbean.
At six years old and the youngest of six children, Zaynab began performing regularly with her family, Salah & Family or “the Von-Trapps of Steelpan”, around Montréal and at steelpan Panorama competitions in Toronto and Trinidad. In addition to her cultural music roots, Zaynab’s creative evolution illuminates her sensitive, dynamic, and well-rounded musicianship as a percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, drummer, and workshop facilitator.
Over the years, Zaynab has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of Canadian and international artists including Lorraine Klaasen, Alysha Brilla, Jason Wilson, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick and Pee Wee Ellis, and performed at notable festivals including Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), Hillside Festival (Canada) and Celtic Connections (Scotland). She has performed her original music project in live venues across Canada, in the US, and Australia, thriving in the more intimate settings.
In March 2020, Zaynab released her first single, “Golden”, and, in due time, trusts the release of her new body of work will resonate with kindred ears and hearts of the world.
With no formal music education, DLee’s innate musical talent manifested itself, from a young age, as he began singing in the church choir. A love for bass playing ensued, aged ten, which organically led to creating tunes and writing lyrics.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, and with strong familial roots in the deep south, his exposure to the world of music was intense, from Gospel and high school jazz band to a home life filled with musical culture, encouraged by his family. DLee was able to hone his musical gifts for melody and lyrics, influenced by such greats as Otis Redding, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.
Self-taught in various instruments, he continually developed his own unique sound, while concurrently excelling in basketball at Loyola Marymount University, which took him professionally to Europe. There, a major modeling agency also scouted his look, and launched a successful modeling career, appearing in over hundred national commercials, affording him time to further hone his craft, in his first love, music. Guitar in hand, along the way, his prolific flair for singing/songwriting became recognized by the industry.
Dedicated and passionate, DLee was able to establish himself as a fulltime musician/producer, working with the likes of Macy Gray, Kim Hill, Monk, Medusa, Keaton Simons. DLee has also collaborated with Leon Ware ( Marvin Gaye ‘I want you’) and James Gadson, written lyrics and shared vocals with Adrian Younge and Will Hart of The Delfonics, and composed music for film and TV commercials. Screen work has included musical supervision and composition for Cassidy Way, The Road to Redemption, A Scanner Darkly and The Making of 300 the movie.
Together with actor/singer Gary Dourdan as Sugar Free the Band, DLee has toured the US, the West Indies, France, Morocco and Dubai, including a number of charity performances. The album ‘Soul Revival’ was DLee’s first episode as a solo artist, featuring ten songs that are a pure expression of his heart and soul. Currently, DLee is putting the finishing touches on his follow-up album – release date to be advised.