Solána Rowe was born on November 8, 1990. She grew up in New Jersey, and before 9/11 she wore a hijab, but because she was severely bullied she stopped wearing it. She began doing music just for fun, but after some time, she decided to pursue it. She created her stage name, SZA, from the Supreme Alphabet. The ‘Z’ and ‘A’ mean Zig-zag and Allah, and the ‘S’ means sovereign.
In October 2012, SZA independently release her first EP named See SZA Run. In July 2013, it was announced that SZA had signed to Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) which has big names artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Isaiah Rashad on its roster. Later on that year, SZA released her second EP called “S.” In April 2014, she released her third EP “Z.” Her debut album, CTRL, was set to be released early 2017, but it was pushed back, and it planned to be released later on this year.
I was first introduced to SZA through her feature on Rihanna’s song “Consideration” on Anti, and again on Kendrick Lamar’s song “Untitled 04 | 08.14.2014” on his project Untitled Unmastered. After hearing her vocals, I checked out her work and fell in love with her soulful voice.
To learn more about SZA visit her website
To hear more music visit her SoundCloud