Shayna Zaid & The Catch

Shayna Zaid & The Catch
Blending elements of folk, jazz, indie pop and cabaret, Shayna Zaid's melodically-inclined lyrical work leaves traces of solace, reflection and affection. The combination of Zaid's dynamic stage presence, her powerful smokey voice and her playful jazzy swagger lends an enchanting display.
Shayna Zaid & The Catch's live shows have been packing crowds in NYC, Southeast Asia, as well as colleges and festivals throughout the U.S. East Coast and MidWest. Recently awarded first place in the Performance category of the International Songwiriting Competition; having shared the stage with Norah Jones' 'Puss & Boots', Emily King, the Kin and most recenty G-Love at this year's Summerfest; with a brand new self-titled EP ready to be released; Shayna Zaid & The Catch will be ones to watch out for in the months to come. 

How do you describe your music to people?
Blending elements of acoustic folk, jazz, indie pop, and cabaret

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I've been singing for as long as I can remember- performed in dance, theater, and music productions since I was a child, was always very active in the arts. Started writing when I was 13 after picking up the guitar and decided to audition for a Southeast Asian talent show called Asia Bagus and was chosen as one of the youngest contestants to participate. Played my first original song on the show, did pretty well and soon after, the appearance lead to a number of great opportunities and interest within the entertainment world. My mom used to sneak me into a Jazz/Blues club when I was 14 so I could jam with the house band - I loved it. From then on, I knew this was a path I wanted to continue to pursue passionately.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Needing more time in a day

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A singer, or a pilot. I wanted to take people to different places. I guess I gravitated more towards the emotional and psychological space. Now if I answered the question of WHO I wanted to be like.. hands down - Jem, from Jem and the Holograms. She is truly outrageous.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
My mother always exposed my sisters and I to all kinds of creative outlets, whether they were music/dance/art/theater classes or simply going out to see shows - we were always encouraged to explore our artistic urges in these communities. They taught us a lot - an abundance of great experiences with amazing groups of people. Being surrounded by all kinds of music growing up in Malaysia was also very enriching, both stylistically and instrumentally. I think the boys feel the same way, we have quite a mesh of different cultural backgrounds which influences us a musicians in many ways.

What other artists out there do you love?
It varies, I enjoy listening to all kinds of music- ones I particularly love: Carol King, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, Miles Davis, Charlie Christian, Eva Cassidy, TLC, Lauryn Hill, M. Ward, MGMT, Coldplay, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Brett Dennan, DMB, India.Arie, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Grant Green, Prince, Queen, the list goes on.

What does your future hold?
Exciting adventures, discoveries and lots of avocados on my rider requirements.

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