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Zarni de Wet

Brave but not brazen; honest but not brutal; familiar but not outdated, Zarni is an upcoming artist originally from South Africa that immigrated to the small town of Johnson City New York at age nine.

For those who like quirky, but not too quirky…Zarni’s music is the perfect blend of unexpected yet universal. Full-bodied piano parts support her memorable melodies and to the point, conversational lyrics.

In the past, fans and friends have seen Zarni in anything from noisy bars to intimate performance halls and whether solo or with a band, this singer/songwriter isn’t afraid to tear it up. Several showcases include WSKG TV, NewsChannel34, Winchester Community TV and the Steve Katsos show. Popular venues (The Bitter End, Endicott Performing Arts Center, The Binghamton Jazz Festival, Seven Seas in Cyprus, the Tanz Café in South Africa, the High Dive and the Showbox in Seattle) from coast to coast have showcased Zarni (with a couple dozen other unique venues in between). The young artist has also shared the stage with The Presidents of the United States of America, Anberlin, Stars in Stereo, Mary Lambert (of Mackelmore) and Nikolas Metaxas. Alongside performing, Zarni has also shared her passion for teaching music in the United States and abroad. In Limassol Cyprus she helped to write, choreograph and direct a short musical at the Xenia Tsolaki Private Institute to help young students with their English language skills. Zarni has always been the type of artist that tries to balance her love of performing with helping those around her with music.

From fundraisers, to community service projects, Zarni is always excited to raise money for others through music (Flood the Tier Fundraiser, CHOW Fundraiser and many more).

“Fans is just a fancy word for friends” Zarni said in a recent interview with a laugh, as she doesn’t like to keep her supporters at bay and instead wants to get to know each one. “Where would I be without my friends and supporters?”

Zarni recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a double major in Music Education and Songwriting. During her time at Berklee she recorded and released two full-length albums: one self produced “Friday Night Lights” (2010) and “Straight Forward” (2011) and a 3 song EP (2012) both produced by talented Matt McArthur. Zarni’s music is available on Itunes or we will send you a personal, signed physical copy if you contact us on this website!

Awards: Scott Benson Scholarship (Berklee College of Music Highest Award for Songwriting), Korg Endowed Scholarship (for Skills as Music Educator), Promising Music Educator Award

Song Contests: Gauteng South Africa Songwriting Competition Winner, Rocking Mom’s Song Contest 1st Place Winner, John Lennon Honorable Mention (at age 11 for her song titled “This World”)

Other cool stuff! Song “Fire” currently being used in Auction Hunters (a National TV Series) “Time of your life” and “This is how you lose yourself” used in Etalk Daily and Giada at Home (Food Network) Performed for John Mayer (with 12 other selected Songwriters), and Listed in book Faces of the Southern Tier (as influential Musician)



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