Zara McFarlane is a British jazz/soul singer and songwriter, based in East London. Her debut album, Until Tomorrow, was released on Brownswood Recordings in October 2011. Her second album, If You Knew Her, was released in January 2014 (March in Germany) also on Brownswood Recordings. Both albums contain mainly original compositions. She has collaborated with Denys Baptiste, Orphy Robinson, Soweto Kinch and Jazz Jamaica.
In October 2014, McFarlane was awarded the title of "Best Jazz Act" at the MOBO Awards.
Zara McFarlane was born in London and grew up on the borders of east London and Essex. She was born to parents of Jamaican heritage, which has had a big influence on her musical tastes. She studied musical theatre at the BRIT School, then went on to the London College of Music to study Popular Music Performance and completed a master's degree in jazz studies (vocals) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
McFarlane came up through Tomorrow's Warriors, where she met many of the musicians she performs and collaborates with today.
McFarlane's "If You Knew Her" tour in 2014 was praised by John Fordham in The Guardian, describing Zara as having "magnetic eloquence". She has also received critical acclaim from The Daily Telegraph, USA Today, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
Zara has made television appearances on programs around Europe, including Later... with Jools Holland (BBC Two), Un Lugar Llamado Mundo and the live broadcast of Victoires du Jazz. She has also made radio appearances worldwide, with her most notable appearances on Jamie Cullum's show on BBC Radio 2, NTS Radio and TSF Jazz.
Until Tomorrow (Brownswood, 2011)
If You Knew Her (Brownswood, 2014)
Arise (Brownswood, 2017)
Brownswood Bubblers Seven, Gilles Peterson (Brownswood, 2011)
Christmas Soul, Barbara Dennerlein and Magnus Lindgren (MPS, 2015)
Official Zara McFarlane website
Zara McFarlane Discography at Discogs