can be heard on the McKenzie Burns Project singing everything from Dance to Brazilian Jazz.Her
sensuous, yet powerful voice should not be missed.
The powerful, yet sensuous diva that you hear throughout the McKenzie Burns Project is none other than Zyanya
(pronounced Zonyuh) Lopez
.Already a favorite on the Chicago Salsa/Merengue scene, Zyanya
not only adds a unique Latin flavor to the CD, but also shows off her
soulful gospel roots.
Born and raised in Gary Indiana, Zyanya
was well-prepared for the tough reality of the music industry.Zyanya has been performing as a dancer across the country since the age of 4 when she joined the Mexican Folkloric dancing group, Fiesta Mexicana.Zyanya
later went on to direct and choreograph contemporary Latin dance troupes such as La Adelitas and Baile Sol
Ever since, Zyanya
has been dancing and singing her
way into the hearts of fans across the Chicago metropolitan area. Zyanya
can be found on most weekend nights singing with Chicago's hottest Salsa Meringue group, Banda Rika
, was the first artist that we recorded for The McKenzie Burns Project, so there's always a special feeling in the air when we're working with her
," says David Burns."Although she
won't admit it, she
got a little jealous when we started working with the other artists, so we had to explain to her
that Quincy didn't only work with Michael Jackson
and Jam and Lewis don't only work with Janet Jackson...I
think that Janet comparison made her
When asked what it was like growing up in Gary, Zyanya
replied, "I know people who are embarrassed to say that they are from Gary, but I'm very proud to be from Gary and I would never deny that because that would be denying a part of me.