In 2014, Moose Jaw native Zach Kleisinger took out his walking shoes and journeyed across the country playing street corners, bars, coﬀee shops, and venues – whoever would take in the determined, travelling poet. Zach landed in Victoria, B.C. to work with old friend Sam Weber, who produced his debut EP, “Between Cities”. The songs released on the EP captures an honest authenticity with a youthful curiosity. His brooding tales, gravelly vocals, and meandering guitar reflect the folk-fused blues of Bob Dylan, the earnest optimism of Jack Johnson, and the sonic style of Bruce Springsteen.
Since the release of the EP, Zach as re-located to Vancouver to continue building his reputation as a vocal powerhouse amongst the music community and industry alike. Kristian Lao from Indie VanCity describes “Zach eﬀortlessly delivers the raw, honest musings of my favorite old-time troubadours. I adore watching the audience’s surprise when that gravel-dragged, smokey old voice comes out of such an unassuming, polite young man”.
These days Zach can be found playing intimate solo shows or full band swings. He was recently selected for Studio Records’ Open Mic night finals, was a top 4 finalist in the 2016 Roxy Launch Project, and participated in Live Act’s ‘Best of Vancouver 2016’ showcase.
The upcoming year will see him release his follow up EP, tour the west coast to continue building a faithful fan base, hitting small grassroots festivals, and taking his position in Canada’s folk landscape as a voice to be reckoned with.
Zach eﬀortlessly delivers the raw, honest musings of my favorite old-time troubadours. I adore watching the audience’s surprise when that gravel-dragged, smokey old voice comes out of such an unassuming, polite young man.
-Kristina Lao, Indie VanCity
I’m always amazed by his voice and song writing. We look forward to bigger shows in the future with Zach.
– Kevin Shaillié, The Live Agency
Solid storytelling and delivery of songs has not been so skillfully told, or as honestly sung in a really long time. Zach Kleisinger invokes artists like Tom Waits, Kris Kristoﬀerson, even hints of the boss, in an utterly contemporary, yet timeless, oﬀering of Between Two Cities.
– Rebekah Ann Curtis, Northwest Music Scene
Between Two Cities is a great EP any way you look at it but the fact that Kleisinger is barely out of high school needs to be acknowledged. The fact that he is putting on this caliber of material is impressive and certainly points for better things to come. If he keeps improving it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that he can make a living oﬀ this music thing.
– Jamie Funk, No More Division