Zay Nova Indonesian country music singer

  

Zay Nova Indonesian country music singer

As surprising as it sounds, Zay Nova is an Indonesian country music songwriter and performer from Bangka, who has made it in it Canada. Some of the songs he has released were co-written with American songwriter, Jan Duke. “Head Above Water” is his first independent album to be released in Canada.

Zay Nova is an artist who has worn many hats and worked at many different jobs, ranging from radio commercial mixer and radio music director, mime actor, painter, and host of a local TV show. After working as a radio announcer for 14 years, Zay launched his music career, but he employed well those previous years, which served to write his own material as well as material for other artists.
Upon meeting St. John's teacher, Anthony Murphy, in Jakarta, Zay Nova decided to gift Newfoundland with his unique music style, which combines the sounds of Southeast Asia with American country and western music. He told CBC Canada, “I've visited Vancouver, I've visited Toronto, but my heart is here, my heart is in St. John's.”
After seeing Nova perform, Murphy contacted Nova and they both kept in touch online. The encouragement from Murphy prompted Nova to take his unique music style to the streets of St. John, which welcomed him with open arms. Canada gave Nova a opportunity to launch his country music career he wouldn't have found in Indonesia.
As he explained, Indonesian music scene is not exactly psyched about country music, and Nova wasn't ready to compromise his artistic integrity and passion for country music. "Not many radios in my country are playing country, but they mix with pop or rock or something," he told CBC.
Instead of country and western music, it's the music style dangdut what has overtaken the airwaves of Indonesia. He added: "Just like country music, we have have traditional music called dangdut, which has a lot of fans there, but country and western is not really that common in Indonesia."
Upon arriving in British Columbia, Nova joined a bunch a troubadours who travel across the continent to showcase their music. Nova has confessed he really likes his home and locals. “They're really good to me and the people of Newfoundland. Everywhere I go, why do people say ‘Hello, my dear'?”
An artist through and through, Nova is currently working on his own unique version of country music, which will be a combination of Indonesian music and the southern United States.
Although you can only listen to Nova's music by going to his Soundcloud page, he is currently involved in different projects. He was invited to play the O'Rielly's open mic downtown, and is looking forward to getting gigs at other bars once he gets his name out there.
Although he has written over 500 songs, he is starting to write them in Canada to reach a larger audience. Some of the songs he has written and recorded so far in Canada include Molson Canadian Beer, Your Head Above Water and Your Husband is a Liar.
You can also check out his YouTube channel, where he showcases some of his music. Zay Nova is currently seeking a band and, particularly, a guitarist, to accompany him during his acoustic performances.
If he cannot find a whole band, he wants to assemble his own for his performances and thus he is looking for some of the following ones, in case you live in Canada and would like to join him: an accordion, background singer, bagpipes, banjo, bass guitar, vello, clarinet, DJ, dobro, drums, electronic music, fiddle, flute, harmonica, harp, keyboard, lead guitar, mandolin, other percussion, piano, rhythm guitar, saxophone, steel guitar, trombone, trumpet, ukulele, upright bass, violin, vocalist - either alto, soprano, tenor or baritone and bass.

 

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