Zeph - Scared Of Everything [EP]
If Zeph’s life were a coming-of-age flick, she wouldn’t just be the star; she’d also be the writer, composer, and director. Not only enlivening every lyric, but also cooking up each beat herself, the Maryland-born singer, songwriter, and producer cobbles together dreamy alternative pop underscored by soundtrack-worthy cinematic flourishes and the kinds of confessions that inspire empathy in the comments section. Growing up in Ellicott City, she took piano lessons at three-years-old until middle school when she learned how to play songs by ear and make mash-ups. Throughout high school, the self-professed “weird art kid” populated her Instagram with drawings and paintings of her “favorite internet people and artists.” These posts drew a fervent audience as her following grew to 183K on the platform. By 2018, she started writing lyrics and singing. She cooked up a sound of her own, layering strings and orchestral elements over organic keyboards, MIDI, and D.I.Y. beats. Her guitar-driven debut single “Forever & Always” initially caught fire on Instagram before eventually eclipsing 10 million streams on Spotify. Dropping out of college and juggling a waitressing job, she continued to unleash songs such as “Lucky” and “Ways To Go.” Good Charlotte and MDDN co-founder Joel Madden commented on one of her posts and kickstarted a conversation, leading to her joining the MDDN family. After amassing over 20 million streams independently and receiving acclaim from Alternative Press and more, she invites everyone into her world on her 2021 debut EP, Scared of Everything [Neon Gold Records].