Zane Christopher Encapsulates Everything It Means to Be “Young”

Kieran Kohorst

As summer playlists start to take shape, 22-year-old New England-raised artist Zane Christopher has arrived with a new single that allows listeners to turn back the clock a bit. True to its name, “Young” exuberates a naive confidence common in adolescence, the free-flowing nature we all feel and try to hold on to as we come of age. Christopher’s performance on the song is entirely youthful, full of contagious energy that incites a craving for your favorite summer activities. Fundamentally the song is a celebration of life, a sentiment Christopher was able to nail down with a personal addition to the song. “I’m really happy Ralph (my grandfather) made the final cut of ‘Young,’” Christopher says of the track’s inspiration. “I was lucky enough to have my voice memos recording to catch the 86-year-old’s remark “we’re young baby, yeah we’re young baby!” which is featured in the song. At that time, I didn’t really know what the song meant to me, but, as things evolved, the vision became more clear that this record was about celebrating life and living in the moment together.” The genuine emotion expressed in his grandfather’s voice permeates throughout the record. 

“Young” is the first single from Christopher’s upcoming EP Awaken, due later this year. The project will follow up 2020’s solo release “Road Song,” which performed well on notable indie playlists. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Harry Styles, Mt. Joy, The Strokes, and Kings of Leon, Christopher balances genres and sounds equally in his music, incorporating 5-piece live sets in compliment of his performances. Collaborating with producer Jon Gilbert on his newest music, Christopher has positioned himself nicely as an artist worthy of attention in a competitive indie-pop space. “Young” bolsters his resume and gives credence to the potential many noticed in his past work. If Awaken is anything as its name suggests, there will be few left sleeping on Zane Christopher by year’s end.

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