ARTIST PROFILE

SZA

Name: SZA

Birthday: November 8, 1990

Fav Dish: lobster

Solána Rowe (born November 8, 1990), better known by her stage name SZA, is an American singer-songwriter. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, later relocating to Maplewood, New Jersey. In October 2012, Rowe self-released an extended play (EP) titled See.SZA.Run, which she then followed up with her second EP, titled “S,” in October 2013. In July 2013, it was revealed that she had signed to the hip hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment, through which she released “Z,” her third EP and first retail release, in April 2014.

SZA is a Neo Soul singer whose music is described as Alternative R&B, with elements of soul, hip hop, minimalist R&B, cloud rap, ethereal R&B, witch house and chillwave. Rowe’s lyrics are described as “unravelling”, that revolve around themes of sexuality, nostalgia, and abandonment. Rowe cites a variety of artists as influences including Billie Holiday, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Björk, Jamiroquai, and Wu-Tang Clan. SZA also takes influence from non-musical artists including gymnasts, ice-skaters, painters and movie directors, including Spike Lee.

In September 2014, SZA revealed that “A” would be released as her debut studio album, continuing to say that “A” would be similar to “S” and would include trap influences with more aggressive lyrics, she also announced that she has begun working with James Fauntleroy, Hit-Boy and long time collaborator Felix Snow again.

Along with Rihanna and Tyran Donaldson, SZA co-wrote a song entitled “Consideration” which featured on Rihanna’s album Anti (2016); besides writing, SZA also featured on the track. SZA later performed “Consideration” with Rihanna live for the first time at the 2016 Brit Awards on February 24, 2016.

After teasing new music, SZA premiered the lead single from her debut album titled “Drew Barrymore,” live on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”. SZA didn’t just perform the new single on, she also announced the title of her debut studio album, initially titled A, the project will be called CTRL

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