First of all, I need to thank everyone who made it out to the Coach House Concert Hall last night to share an amazing experience with us as we took part in the Orange County Music Awards best live band showcase. It was an awesome night with an incredible turn out, and here is what OC Weekly had to say about our performance:
"Up first in the showcase series was newcomer Zach Churchill. The Laguna Beach local opened with an acoustic mash up of Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" and James Brown's "It's A Man's Man's World." The rendition quickly got the crowd's attention, and the band followed up with original material that showcased Churchill's ease with lyrics and his upper register. The band nabbed originality points for their lack of one traditional drummer, opting instead for a two-drummer approach that featured one on a cajon and the other on a conga."
Secondly, TOMORROW NIGHT I will be performing at the Laguna Beach Wine Gallery for KX 93.5's Pearl Street Sessions. Every first Thursday of the month, which is Art Walk night in Laguna Beach, KX 93.5 features a musician and broadcasts their live performance at the Wine Gallery. The Wine Gallery is located directly beneath the KX 93.5 studios off Pearl St. and PCH. I will begin at 6 pm and there will be complimentary wine upstairs at the radio station and great happy hour deals downstairs at the Wine Gallery. Come hang out and support a truly incredible radio station dedicated to covering the unique artistic community that is Laguna Beach!
I also had a chat with OC Concert Guide:
"Zach Churchill is a local OC artist from Laguna Beach and will be showcasing his local talent at the Coach House on Feb. 4 for the week five of the OC Music Awards. Making his local mark in the area playing shows all over Orange County and regular appearances on Laguna Beach’s KX 93.5 local radio station, he is definitely in the running as a local favorite in the live band category.
With a strong passion for his original music Zach has a diverse style that is sure to catch your attention. Zach’s music is a mixture of blues-rock, with a hint of jazz. His smooth and charming vocals on top of his progressive style is sure to please the listener’s ear.
OC Concert Guide met up with Churchill to hear about his latest adventures in Europe and what goes into his music.
OCCG: You will be playing for this year’s OCMA’s showcase competing for best live band. How will you be preparing for the show?
ZC: I actually just got through with a rehearsal at Stage One Studios in Lake Forest with my bandmates. We are preparing by running through songs off of my most recent release, an EP entitled Something Else, as well as a brand new song that will be performed live for the first time on Tuesday at the showcase.
OCCG: What are your hobbies other than music? Do you have a day job?
ZC: Right now, I am a full time student at CSUF studying music education with a choral emphasis, and my “night job” is gigging at restaurants/wine bars/etc. in South Orange County. I perform regularly at some great places and that’s where many songs and fans are born! You can see where I’ll be playing week to week at WWW.ZACHCHURCHILLMUSIC.COM/SHOWS. I used to bartend/serve for many years but had to turn down so many gigs that eventually I had to make the leap and transition into a full time musician.
OCCG: What has been your weirdest song request?
ZC: “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry.
OCCG: What are shows like over sea compared to US?
ZC: In Europe, even the bartenders are completely into your set, singing along and clapping in between songs. You definitely feel a bit more appreciated in general, and I still am in touch with many listeners I met at my shows so I can’t wait to go back.
OCCG: What is your wine preference?
ZC: Speaking of Europe…. I had some amazing wine tasting experiences in the Loire Valley of France! With wine, it definitely depends on what I’m eating, but for red I love La Crema Pinot Noir, and for white I love a dry Sauvignon Blanc.
OCCG: Any local places in Laguna that are worth checking out that are not widely known?
ZC: Well, if you don’t already tune in to KX 93.5, their local FM station, check them out and stream live online… I’ll be performing on Thursday, February 6th right after the Coach House show for their “Pearl Street Sessions” and it will be aired live. Also, Tablerock Beach!
OCCG: What makes your music different and unique?
ZC: Probably the fact that my major influences are from completely different genres, styles, and eras. I identify as a singer/songwriter, but am inspired by all kinds of music.
OCCG: How do you create a following?
ZC: Time. And always have an email list at every gig… I used to give out my card but cards get thrown away. You need to be responsible for getting in touch with your listeners.
OCCG: How active are you with involving your fans with your music?
ZC: I let them know where I am playing on a weekly basis via email blast, and I am constantly sharing new material, videos, and am always open to suggestions."
I can't wait for Tuesday night at the Coach House Concert Hall.. Hope to see you all there!!!!