Zane Carney at the Hotel Cafe

A mere three days after meeting him in the NAMM plaza, I had the opportunity to attend a show by artist Zane Carney. The performance was held on January 27th in the venue known for helping many LA singer/songwriters get their start: The Hotel Cafe. A few artist friends of mine had booked shows at this venue, but I had never had the chance to visit the reputable spot myself.

By the time I arrived, the intimate Hollywood venue was packed with some of the trendiest people in the LA area. I smiled as I remembered that in LA, it’s totally normal to go out on a Monday night, especially if there is the promise of impressive live music. Although the room was filled with music lovers, there was barely a murmur to be heard as the audience turned it’s full attention to the one man show on stage.

Only a few minutes in, Carney and his guitar had us completely captivated.

With a resume of opening for music greats such as U2, and playing on Oprah, Ellen, and David Letterman, Carney’s performance chops preceded him to Monday’s cozy show on the Cahuenga Boulevard strip. Carney, currently residing in New York, stayed in town after the NAMM show to promote his debut EP #CONFLUENCE, as well as his guitar album Amalgam which will be available worldwide this month. After gaining recognition as lead singer of the band CARNEY and as guitarist for John Mayer, Carney was ready to step out of the shadows and share his new found passion for writing and performing his own brilliant pieces.

Although it is hard to ignore the similarities between Carney and John Mayer in style and even physical appearance, Carney pulled off the solo show with the ease of a seasoned performer, using the night to convincingly distinguish himself as a singer/songwriter in his own right. The respectful silence in the room as he performed featured songs from #CONFLUENCE and Amalgam was uncommon for a venue of this sort, and a true recognition of the talent and potential that Carney has as a solo artist. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Carney is scheduled to head out on John Mayer’s Australian tour this month. More on that coming soon!

To learn more about Zane Carney, visit www.zanecarney.com. And to be sure to check out Amalgam and #CONFLUENCE on iTunes.

Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music enthusiast living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.