Soulful alt-rock artist Jen Zava has mapped a career ‘covering’ Austin’s vast musical terrain. Since relocating in 2001, the Georgia-born songstress has ‘done a little bit of everything in the music world’ while contributing to the works of many local favorites. However, a career focused on supporting the musical ventures of others forced Zava’s own music to simmer on the back burner. Fortunately, the time has come for the passionate and fiery siren to formally introduce herself with her debut solo album, Power To Change, due out June 2.

We received a sneak-peak at Power To Change this morning when Zava shared the album’s inspirational title track. Originally crafted as a personal pep-talk, ‘Power To Change’ deals with battling life’s struggles and overcoming the petty emotions that often consume us. The soulful alt-pop melody radiates with a fierce sense of determination and is a testament to what Zava stands for; that in changing yourself, you have the power to change the world. “This song is about fighting that inner negative voice that shows itself in the form of self-doubt, negativity, jealousy, comparisons and telling yourself you’re not capable,” admits Zava. “I’m talking to all those negative inner emotions and telling myself that I do have the power to change the things about myself that I don’t like or that don’t serve me well.”

The self-reflective track features Zava’s uninhibited, soul-baring lyrics belted through ethereal chords of enthusiasm. Striking keys and harmonious acoustic shuffles peppered by rattling hand percussion ground the upbeat pop tempo with a deep rootsy, gospel base.

The song represents Zava’s internal strength, hopefulness and desire to improve herself and the world around her. She has finally decided that now is the time to share her genre-bending music because it’s definitely worth hearing. After listening to ‘Power To Change,’ we’re just curious what the hell took so long?

The Official Power To Change Release Party w/ special guest Ray Prim will be held Thursday June 1 at The Townsend located at 718 Congress Ave. Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78701. Doors will be at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Ten percent of ticket and album sales will be donated to Kids in a New Groove to provide instruments and music lessons to children in foster care.

Visit http://www.jenzava.com for additional information.

Jen Zava press photo 1

Photo by: Todd Wolfson

Written by: Douglas Leach