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  • Writer's pictureThe Real Ding


With a sound that looks to take influence from the more nostalgic side of RnB, fast-rising artist Zhanel is returning with a bold and forward-thinking new offering in the shape of 'Superficial Love'.

Bringing in a dark and driven production from start to finish, 'Superficial Love' makes for a fresh and fascinating listen. With her sweeping voice layered throughout, she is truly making this retro-inspired approach her own with this one.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and inspirations over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I fell in love with the sound of the acoustic guitar!! I broke my dads guitar when I was little when I tried to play. I don’t remember how but I know it happened because he never stopped reminding me haha.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I loved pop music and RnB.

What was the first album you remember owning?

I remember owning this Hannah Montana album… I think it came with a dvd of the first season of the show.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

I wish I could’ve written Driver’s license by Olivia Rodrigo, there’s so much pain out into the best words to describe it, I want to be able to write just like that.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

No, but I probably should!

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

H.E.R, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Jorja Smith, Alex Isley, and UMI.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

Definitely Doja Cat or Billie Eilish!!

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Being able to reach people in such an almost intimate way, and realising the words that I’ve written have reached them in such a deep and personal way.


Zhanel's new single 'Superficial Love' is available to stream now. Check out the video for it below.


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