Is "Happy Pop Rock" even a musical genre? The Colton and Zara Band says it is—and proves it.
The Colton and Zara Band began when childhood friends Colton and Zara were playing around a campfire with songs Zara had written, right after their former band had parted ways. The band had been invited to play a showcase in Nashville, and though Colton and Zara were in college to become veterinarians, they decided to give the showcase a try, for fun, with the new songs.
Three months later, the duo was signed to a label, preparing for their first tour to the west coast in 2009, and finishing up their first album, Whimsical Dreams-- a light, airy, and melodic acoustic album. After seeing success in the West Coast coffee houses and restaurants, and on a winter tour in the northern states following soon after, the duo expanded into a band as Stevie and Dustin Davy, and bassist Darren Schrag, filled the stage.
This growth brought forth the band’s second album in 2010, My Favorite Day, stepping up not only the amount of songs, but also the content, and the fun, upbeat melodies, along with more serious songs such as “Librarian” and hidden track, “White Bird”. This album also featured their most successful song, “The Cupcake Song”, with its bouncy, light, and altogether fun beat, winning the hearts—and dance moves—of many.
In 2012, the band (now signed with Take Back Records out of Nashville) toured for six months with the major national tour, The Extreme Tour, covering all of the east and west coasts, and have opened for Sanctus Real, After Edmund, Paradigm, We Are Leo, DaMac, and Crazy Crazy Awesome Awesome. They have also made it onto the hip-hop album, "Man Up 116", featuring Lecrae, Tedashii, KB, Trip Lee, PRo, and Andy Mineo, have released three albums, made it onto several radio stations nationally, and currently released a teaser of the upcoming radio single, "You Are Love" onto www.Rdio.com.