The 2022 BET Awards was a special one for recording artists Zeal and Maverick City Music. The award-winning collective and Zeal joined Kirk Franklin for a medley of songs including “ Kingdom,” and the classic “ Melodies From Heaven.”
Zeal, a multi- instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer is one of the most versatile and unique voices of today. She recently released her new single, “Can’t Give Up Now” and candidly talked about where the inspiration for her music comes from, staying true to her artistry and message and performing with Kirk Franklin and Maverick City Music at this year’s BET Awards.
Tell us about your recent performance with Kirk Franklin and Maverick City Music at this year’s BET Awards 2022?
Zeal: It was surreal and beautiful to sing with the incomparable Kirk Franklin and the amazing Maverick City Music. The opportunity was truly a blessing. I was so honored to be part of such an incredible experience.
You recently released your new single, “Can’t Give Up Now,” what is the inspiration behind the song?
Zeal: The song was written and inspired to encourage and remind us to never give up. I’ve learned that our hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of our lives. You have to keep going and know that tough situations build strong people in the end.
What does being true to yourself mean to you?
Zeal: Being true to yourself starts with knowing who you are and accepting yourself. It also means knowing your strengths, passions, limitations and purpose in life and then living that way all the time. I think you come to know yourself by living life, finding what works for you, what defines you and makes you whole. Being true to yourself is this simple — either you live in integrity or you live out of integrity. That’s it. In or out. Moment to moment. No other choices. No other way to live other than being true to who you are. You choose one course of action. One way to be.
The acclaimed Christian recording artist’s brand new single and official music video for “Can’t Give Up Now,” is available now. Released on her independent label, Zeal, which provide recordings in a variety of genres including Contemporary Christian Music, Gospel, Pop, and Jazz, the label is expanding its catalog of new music from Zeal and other Christian artists to its fans and consumers abroad.
“Can’t Give Up Now,” is the follow-up to 2021’s “Peace Be Still.” As a highly regarded singer-songwriter in the Christian music industry, Zeal consistently manages to identify the sound that is making the biggest impact in the hearts of listeners today, which is why “Can’t Give Up Now” is in line to bring Zeal repeated success as many of her previous offerings have.
Zeal is a Los Angeles, California native, raised in a musical household and a family of believers which led to her having a passion for ministry at 8 years old. She grew up musically influenced by artists such as Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, Take 6, Commissioned, Kim Burrell to Whitney Houston, Brandy, Lauryn Hill, and Stevie Wonder.
By the age of 12, she began playing the piano and drums which transcended into writing and producing songs. Zeal has a deep desire to nurture souls in Christ’s love through her life and artistry. Her talents have been requested domestically and internationally. She garners accolades from her peers and fans with her fresh songwriting, musicianship, and vocal gifts.
Currently leading worship with her husband, Trygg at various churches while staying active in her own ministry, over the years, Zeal has shared the stage with Jason Nelson, and Kanye West (Sunday Service Jesus Movement) and recently Maverick City Music.
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