SZA is one of the hottest young R&B stars around today. She has made a massive impact on R&B music and yet interestingly enough, music was the last thing on her mind when she was growing up.
SZA was thinking a career in the fashion industry and to make it work, she moved to New York. Then one day her brother who was a rapper himself asked SZA to sing hooks on some songs of his. Although she was reluctant to do it, it still lit a fire that pushed her towards a career in music.
Now SZA has a hit album to her credit and is among the most talked about R&B stars on the planet. She is now all set to hit the road and will not only be performing at Coachella, but will also go on a tour with Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar. Book your SZA tickets and watch her live in concert.
The Early Days
SZA’s real name is Solana Imani Rowe. While she was born in St. Louis, she re-located to Maplewood in New Jersey where she grew up. Born to a Christian mother and a Muslim father, Rowe was raised Muslim.
The September 11 attacks changed her life drastically. She was bullied in school because of her faith. She then got herself enrolled in the Essex County College but dropped out and began to work odd jobs in order to support herself financially.
The Journey Starts
After that brief stint with her brother, SZA began to write her own songs. A few of those songs caught the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment. They did not offer her a record deal though and SZA had to release her first extended play titled “See.SZA.Run.” in October of 2012. That was followed by another EP on April 10, 2013, which was titled “S.” In July, she finally signed with Top Dawg and in October, she went on a small tour with Little Dragon, the band from Sweden.
In December of the same year, she released the track Teen Spirit and then came out with a remix that featured 50 Cent. She then went on to collaborate with artists like Isaiah Rashad and Schoolboy Q in 2014. In March of 2014, she released another single Child’s Play that featured Chance the Rapper.
SZA Becomes a Star
SZA then released her first EP with Top Dawg titled “Z” on April 8, 2014. In order to promote the extended play, she went on to perform a few shows at the SXSW Music Festival. “Z” received three stars out of five from AllMusic and three and a half stars out of five from HipHopDX. It also went on to peak at the seventh spot on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and climbed to the thirty ninth position on the US Billboard 200.
In September of 2014, SZA announced that her third EP which was titled “A” would now be released as her debut studio album. She also went on to work with the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé as she was working on the record. The album however took a while to be completed because of multiple reasons.
In January of 2017, she announced the record will not be called “A,” instead it will now be titled “Ctrl.” She then signed with RCA Records in April and on June 9, 2017, the album finally hit the shelves. It turned out to be a massive hit. Ctrl received four stars out of five from AllMusic, The Irish Times, NME and The Observer. It was rated as the best album of 2017 by Time, Vice and Exclaim!
The album went to the third spot on the US Billboard 200 on its debut while it peaked at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Ctrl went to the tenth spot in the UK and Canada while it charted in other countries too. The album was certified gold in the United States.
SZA Tour Tickets
SZA will now team up with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q to hit the road for The Championship Tour. Not only that, but she will also perform at some major music festivals this year. Who is to say, she will not perform some solo dates this year as well? If you want to be a part of her journey, then book your SZA tour tickets now.