21 year old Arizona native, Zella Day Kerr, is the real deal in Pittsburgh

Review and photos: Dawn Morris

You know you are spending too much time on Instagram when you are stalking a friend’s favorite band featuring another band. A few degrees of separation and you may have run across Zella Day.

21 year old Zella Day Kerr is an Arizona native and rising indie sensation. The sexy singer is summer stomping all over the world to promote her 2015 album Kicker along with her latest single Mustang Kids. Her stops included coveted festival gigs like Bonnaroo and Coachella. She is featured on the latest album from Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Head over to her Tumblr and you will find an amusing q&a stream #answertime. Fan’s questions range from genuine to utterly ridiculous. While the answers are spirited and so very young, somewhere in there you see a sweet soul.  “Quiet summers that smell like rain”, are the favorite thing about Zella’s hometown.

Seeing Zella and her band live is a treat though. A quick stop in Pittsburgh (to open for Fitz and the Tantrums) showed her amazing talent live. Even a downpour kept her fans outside until the next to last song. The group is in sync and the sound is strong. The only small misstep was a Stevie Nicks cover (Zella’s only cover in the set) that started off so so and ended ok. With raw talent there is no reason not to stick to your own music.

In a time of indie overload it is easy to get lost in all the warm and fuzzy wanderlust. But Zella is the real deal. With a voice that delivers and a beauty that is almost ethereal there is something for everyone. It is easy to forget they are still small enough to have the keyboard player at the merch tent before the set.

All photos © 2016 Dawn Morris