Growing up in Vacherie, Louisiana, Zachariah D Landry had a gift and love of music he did not realize. He found himself sitting at a keyboard listening to music then duplicating it. He was told, “Maybe you should take this serious. Not too many people are able to play by ear.” Zack, as he is called by his family and friends, began to play the organ and piano at age 15. He was then placed in classes where he learn how to read music. It did not take long for his family to realize that he was given the gift of music by God.
The family’s faith was tried and tested. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina displaced Zack and his family. Times were hard but his faith grew stronger. At that time, he realized what the songwriter meant when he wrote, “Because He Lives.” Zack realized that it was God who had the final say because He held tomorrow. Through this adversity, Zack wrote several songs, “Lord, We Say Thank You” and “I Realize.” He realized his purpose is to win souls for Christ throughout the nation with music.
Zack has had the pleasure of singing these song with a group of his friends, Phaze. The group was created in 2008 when Zack was asked to lead praise and worship at his church. In October 2015, Zack and Phaze recorded an album, “Come On, Praise Him.” They have performed at the New Orleans Jazzfest on the Gospel Stage as well as the New Orleans Chapter of Gospel Music Workshop of America. He has also performed with various artists, one of whom more noted, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who encouraged Zack to “Set a standard in music. Be a trendsetter, not a follower.” In 2015, Zack was the winner of the Rhythm of Gospel Best Contemporary Artist. In 2016, he won the NOLA Award for Best Contemporary Artist.
Zack has remained humble in his walk with God. His love for gospel music has not changed. With a neo-soul flare and a jazzy twist, his style not only reaches young people but the young at heart as well. Recognizing the calling God has placed upon him, Zack.
Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
I am Zack Landry a National Gospel Recording Artist born and raised in Vacherie, La by way of New Orleans. I have been singing since I was 10 yrs old. I currently reside in New Orleans and I have a new song out entitled “Hold On’ which is now available on all digital platforms.
One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
I was born a singer and musician. From the time I played church with family and friends as a kid on the porch and steps of my old babysitter’s house, I knew then.
Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a producer that works with you?
I work with a producer by the name of Bmike Butler and sound engineer Reggie Nicholas.
What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
things that goes on the world today, things from my past.
I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
Either or is fine with me, however BEING in the mainstream is the top tier of it all, so I would have to say mainstream.
Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
It actually didn’t. I was fortunate and blessed to still have engagements, and musical things going on. I was creating videos and doing live sessions on Facebook during Covid.
I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
Social media is a blessing and a curse but it has definitely helped promote my music and other gifts that I possess.
Do you create music often? When can we expect another release?
Yes of course. I STAY working. I am working on an album as we speak.
I grew up in the 90’s, I listened to everyone from Dr. Dre, to Weezer, to Pink Floyd, Metallica, Cypress Hill and back again. I truly believe that the 90’s were one of the greatest era’s for original music. Which era of music is one of your favorites?
90s would have to be my favorite, musical ballads, hip hop, and even rnb were different then, but much more appealing to the ear. From the words to the music. It was slamming back then.
If you could swap yourself into a different artist, who would it be?
What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
to keep pushing and don’t stop believing in yourself. Remember that as an artist, it’s not just about how well you can produce that gift of yours but you have to know the business and know that nothing in this world comes free.
I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
hey guys, once again my name is Zack Landry.please make sure you check out my music on all digital platforms. Check out my website iamasound.org. also follow me on Instagram “officialiamasound”