Canadian-born singer/songwriter Zackery has shared his long-awaited debut single, “On the Edge”, today via AWAL. The emotional indie-folk ballad is about being scared to fall for someone because you’re scared of getting hurt. Its accompanying video, directed by Zackery and his cousin Kelvin Dalke, was shot in one take during “Blue Hour” on his farm in Manitoba, Canada.
“Every story has its own unique beginning, mine happens to start on a grain farm,” says Zackery. “A few years ago I never thought I’d be releasing music. Writing songs has always been an escape for me but the farm has always been my priority. I struggled for a long time to find what a Zackery song would sound like. I thought I needed a lot of production to bring my songs to the next level, so it’s fitting that the first track is stripped back to guitar and vocal.”
Zackery grew up in a small town in Manitoba on his family’s farm. This land he now works on has been passed down by his grandfather and father. Farming has been an essential factor in his personal growth and music, and so has family. Zack’s grandfather was a tenor and encouraged him to sing in the church choir. Solitary life, hard work, and gospel hymns have all contributed to his unique perspective of the world.
Zackery picked up the guitar for the first time at 18. He took this instrument with him around the world during his post-high school travels and began writing the songs that would eventually be teased on his TikTok. After visiting every continent in the world and building confidence in his sound, Zack received advice from a mentor to take his sound to the then-new social media platform. After playing open mics and small bars in his hometown of Morden for almost a decade, his music started to connect with millions of people around the world.
After just one year of posting original song snippets and covers, Zack has amassed a following of over 150k listeners who have helped him put together a target list of songs to be included on his debut record. Zackery will record these in one-take in his reverberating grain silos, a technique that has captivated his followers and will continue to invite new listeners into his mysterious world.
Fans can expect more new music from Zackery this spring and summer.