The Zach Blair debut E.P. took a year to write, produce and record and a lifetime to create. Zach grew up in a deeply rooted musical family just outside of Nashville in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He got his first guitar as a Christmas present when he was only 8 years old. He got serious about learning to play when he was 17. After a stellar high school basketball career that included accolades such as Nashville area Player of the Year, and 1st team All-state honors, Zach passed up offers to continue his playing career at the college level, to pursue his dream of being a singer-songwriter. After graduation in the spring of 2017, Zach enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University in nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee to study Music Business and Recording Industry Management studies with an emphasis on commercial songwriting.
In 2018, Zach began writing songs with his father Rick, who is a songwriter and independent artist himself. The two collaborated with longtime family friend and hit songwriter / independent artist Rick Huckaby and others to begin the makings of what would become the Zach Blair E.P. Another close family friend Chris Stone, (whose credits include projects with Jimmy Buffett, Big and Rich, Alan Jackson, etc.) offered to co-produce the record with Rick to introduce Zach’s music to the world. The sessions began in the spring of 2019 at Sony Tree studios on Nashville’s famed Music Row. The session players were a virtual who’s who of past CMA Player of the Year winners and nominees such as Adam Shoenfeld, Mike Rojas and Joe Spivey. The band also included hit ABC television show "Nashville" soundtrack bassist Mark Hill, Tim McGraw band drummer Shawn Fichter, as well as master percussionist Eric Darken of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. The background harmony vocals were supplied by Huckaby and long-time Garth Brooks back-up singer Vicki Hampton.
From the opening notes of the leadoff track “Candle to You” it’s abundantly clear the listener is in for sonic treat. The soulful second track “Yeah Baby” seems destined to be a wedding staple in the years to come. The emotionally raw “Close Enough” is the lone ballad on the E.P. and even it moves along with a steady tempo. The E.P. finale track is the toe tapping, feel good song “Happy” which sounds like an autobiographical story to both Zach and the listeners as well.
When asked for his thoughts recently, former Nashville radio personality and WSIX music director Ron Dini said “Zach draws you in with his unique vocal style and phrasing and delivers the well-crafted songs in believable fashion. When I used to decide on whether or not to add a new artist to the WSIX playlist, I would oftentimes ask myself, does this artist have the “it” factor? Zach Blair unquestionably has “it!”
Now experience the Zach Blair debut E.P. for yourself. If the best is yet to come, this truly is the beginning of an incredible musical journey.