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Zachary L. Newton is a solo-performing singer/songwriter in Kansas City, MO. He was born and raised in the small farming community of Wathena, KS. Music was in his blood even before he was born. While pregnant with Zachary, his mother would spend hours with a pair of stereo headphones around her belly, piping in Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" and "The River." From the time he was old enough to know better, he begged his parents day and night for a guitar. But because guitars were, according to his father, "too damn loud, and too damn expensive," that dream was deferred until he had graduated high school. He saved enough money from his job in the local lumberyard to buy a second-hand acoustic guitar from the American Goldmine Pawn Shop. This changed everything.
He spent countless, bloody-fingered hours teaching himself how to play. When he could eek out three distinguishable chords, he started writing his own songs, turning poems and short stories in to lyrics. He hasn't looked back since.
His first solo album, The Palermo Project, touched on the history of his hometown, as well as his experiences growing up there. It's essentially a folk album laced with rock & roll. The first single, "Hometown Saturday Night," has become a local sing-along anthem. His latest album, Love & Fear,(available 3/20) could be considered more rock than folk. Lyrically, most of the album remains in the storyteller vein, but with a different approach. Sonically, though, it branches out much farther than the roots-rock of Palermo.
These days, Zachary lives and works his day job in Kansas City, MO—a far stretch from his humble upbringing on a small farm in northeast Kansas. When not working, you can find him writing & playing music, watching Sons of Anarchy reruns, and hanging out with his two pugs, Lulu & Zoey.