Twenty-six-year-old Zachary Jamar Brooks of Winchester was destined to have a passion for music.
“I grew up in a very musical home, full of musicians and singers,” Brooks said.
Brooks’ parents, John and Kimberly Brooks, have been involved in gospel vocal groups and his sister, Ashley, just released a new single, which Zachary helped produce.
“I’ve been playing music all of my life with my first love being drums,” Brooks said.
He also play keys, organ, bass and some guitar, but his all-time favorite instrument has always been drums.
Top preferred artists include Michael Jackson, Commissioned, D’Angelo, 2Pac and Fred Hammond.
It may be a complex question to ask an artist to explain in detail just how essential music is in their lives, but Brooks makes it quite clear when he says, “Music gives me a sense of release and fulfillment.”
And he doesn’t just sit around waiting for opportunities to come to him. Brooks stays busy.
He has new music coming out with fellow musician Jordan Taylor of Winchester, also known as Larry Clance. The pair are called Zach & Clance.
“Since I’ve started doing music as a potential career for the last nine years, I’ve done countless shows that I’ve put together on my own,” Brooks said. “I’ve put on an EP titled, ‘My Time,’ and I’ve done some studio work at Omni Studios in Nashville on Music Row.”
Watch for Brooks’ new album “Influence” coming out June 26. The name of his new single is “Funk to Life.”
“Influence” will be available on all streaming platforms including iTunes, Spotify and others. He explains the vision behind the name of his new release.
“With the new single I’m trying to get people to open their eyes to what’s going on around them and see how easy it is to allow someone to influence them if they are not careful,” he said.
Brooks simply immerses himself in music and in addition to his family, he has two dear friends who continue to inspire him, Kenny Dedrick and Trellis Russell, both from Winchester.
“Those guys helped shape the musician I am today,” Brooks said. “I always loved and still to this day love seeing them play.”
When sked for his best advice to aspiring musicians, Brooks said that perseverance is important.
“Don’t give up on your dream and craft; keep God first and always be willing to learn,” Brooks said. “My hopes and dreams for the future are simply to inspire and wow people all over the world with my talent that God gave me.”