While George Jones was the first to put Beaumont on the country music map, Zona is the latest in a long line of sterling singers who have graduated from regional stardom to national prominence.
Growing up, there were several influences that guided Zona. Living on a working cattle ranch, his grandmother’s love of music, and his parents’ value of education. The combination of these led Zona to the place that sparked his musical career. Zona received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He went on to earn a law degree which, in turn, landed him a job at a prestigious firm in Beaumont, Texas. It was where Zona found a booming musical community.
Zona soon began to make friends and form close relationships with other artists/musicians from the area including
the likes of Tracy Byrd and Mark Chesnutt. “Watching Mark and Tracy both develop as artists and country music stars, I decided to follow my childhood dream of wanting to sing.” After forming the band SwingWest, Zona began hitting the Texas club and dance hall circuit. While touring and growing his regional popularity, Zona recorded the album, Harley’s & Horses. The CD spawned three top-five singles on the Texas Music Chart along with the album’s most popular single and radio hit, “Two Hearts”. This was Zona’s first real national exposure. Along with radio success, “Two Hearts” garnered Zona a unique performance opportunity as he made a guest appearance, and performed the hit single on an episode of “The Simple Life 2 – Interns” with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.
Zona’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. Most recently Zona signed with Tracy Lawrence's Rocky Comfort Records. "Tracy and I have been friends for several years, and I have been a huge fan of his music since the Sticks & Stones days” stated Zona. “I am so pleased to join Rocky Comfort Records.”