Zella Day was previously featured on our Songs of Summer: Presented by Style Calling & Stories Behind The Songs playlist.
Zella Day was born to perform. Last night at Lee’s Palace the 20 year old mesmerized the audience with her enchanting presence and command of the stage. One minute she’d get lost in the song with her tambourine like Stevie Nicks and the next she would slam down onto her knees and let out a wail into the microphone like a rock’n’roll god. Her voice is an intoxicating blend of crystalline delicacy in its upper register, a powerful tone with a slight hint of a yodel reminiscent of New York artist LP, and a middle range that is nothing less than endless in its potential.
Zella Day’s live performance is seductive in its authenticity. As she flowed from guitar to tambourine to microphone she seemed both lost in the music and yet completely present in the moment. It was obvious from the first song that she was feeling every note of her music throughout her body as she immediately transformed the venue into a Zella Day wonderland with her movement, her voice and her interaction with the crowd. With her long printed silk coat, crushed velvet pants, turqoise rings, lack of makeup, exposed midriff and loose long hair hypnotically grooving about the stage to the beat of her tambourine, Day looked like she was straight out of the ’70s. This vintage old-soul vibe was only heightened with her incredible cover of The Zombies’ 1968 hit “Time Of The Season”.
She’s wanted to be a performer since she was ten years old and after seeing her live, it’s obvious that Zella Day is completely at home on stage.
Check out a clip of her single “High” from last night’s show at Lee’s Palace: