‘Girls Like Us’ is the new release from Dublin Pop-Soul songstress ZALI. With her distinctive vocal style, this is unmistakably the sound of a powerful new artist. Among the new wave of young prodigies dominating the Irish music scene, ZALI is repeatedly name-checked on the ‘one to watch’ lists from the Isles. ZALI is representative of an evolving Irish generation of multicultural heritage, drawing inspiration from their experiences and beyond. She possesses a powerful and wide vocal range, honed through years of vigorous vocal training, and produces a distinct sound that blends old school R&B with Pop-Soul.
The multi-talented singer-songwriter has been singing for as long as she can remember, with influences ranging from Mary J Blige and Amy Winehouse to Frank Ocean and Emeli Sande. Discovering her talent and passion for singing through joining the church choir, she soon performed to crowds ranging from the hundreds to thousands. She found a love and comfort on the stage and later gave up her promising career in Finance to return to music and pursue her passion full-time. Since then, her infectious sound has been taking over Dublin through a number of headline shows and the release of her debut single ‘Can’t Stop’ this summer; which to date has amassed over 100,000 streams worldwide on Spotify and regular radio play.
She is restlessly creative and looks at herself not just as a singer-songwriter but as a writer in all forms; writing fiction, short stories, and poems – anything to express the multifaceted woman that she is and, with ‘Girls Like Us’, she certainly looks set to receive the unique acclaim she deserves. It’s hard to put your finger on what exactly is so compelling about the track, There is a balance that feels at any moment about to be disturbed; the song delicately positioned between a confident, full-bodied sound and an impending mood of unease; and results in a piece of music that affirms the intrigue surrounding this very promising artist.