Singer, songwriter, piano player, DJ, and a college student, Zita has been influenced by a number of musical genres, some which have contributed to her own material. Originally from South Carolina, at the age of five, Zita began playing the violin, then moved to the piano at the age of twelve. Within a couple of years, she was writing her own compositions on the keys as well as writing her own lyrics. In 1998, at the age of eighteen, she attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where she was able to utilize her talent in the studio and voice by obtaining a certificate of completion for the five-week summer program. She later attended Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon and completed the Professional Music Program in 2003 fulfilling her interest in the Music Industry. There, she was able to work in the studio and continue to learn about the theoretical studies of music.
Though her style of composition has mainly been influenced by Rock, Blues and Jazz, she has always had a deep respect for electronic music.. From the grooves of house, to the fractured beats of breaks, to the bangin rhythms of drum and bass, she has an understanding for all of it.
"Every type of music has it's own purpose in my life. I can't exclude any of it and have respect for all of it!"
Zita is known for being interested in more than the scene, the clubs, and the flare of electronic music. She loves the music itself. She is a true listener of every underlining beat and note that is played. This contributes to her talents on the mic.
"There's nothing worse than a singer or an M.C. that doesn't know when to shut up! I just sit back and sing along with the music. Not on top of it!"
As a DJ and crew member of Anonymous-i, she has been playing west coast, funky, and electro breaks, tech and electro house. She has played at numerous clubs in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. She also played at the Art Bar in Columbia, South Carolina in 2004 as the first female DJ to ever step behind the decks in the venue's history.
Currently a student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, Zita is working to reach her goal to work in the music industry itself. She has a knack for the business, and love of the musicians, and wants nothing more than to promote good music and talent. She was able to obtain an internship with Sony Records as well as an independent record label called Compass Records in Nashville, Tennessee at the end of 2003 through the Music Program at Portland Community College.
Zita is known for her open hearted lyrics, her soulful and heart-felt notes, and the ability to really reach the people who she performs for. With a voice that is Janis Joplin meets Ella Fitzgerald meets Alicia Keys meets Pat Benetar, she performs like a rockstar. As a DJ her talent as a songwriter flows into her talent for spinning records, programming intense sets that blend in from one track to the other. She has a personal connection to the audience and puts herself out there, interacting with all of them. If you have the chance to catch her bust it out on the mic or on the turntables, then prepare to be hit hard by her talent!