Shreepal Zala (a.k.a. Shreeps) was born in New Hampshire to East Indian immigrants who arrived in the States in the early 1970s. His parents settled Philadelphia suburb where Shreeps grew up listening to a melting pot of music from classical Indian singers to pop albums like Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. Once he discovered The Beatles & other British Invasion bands, Shreeps began singing nonstop & was soon featured in his school’s choir & a cappella group. He began accumulating records of his favorite artists at the time like Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., Counting Crows & The Police.
Shreeps first picked up a guitar towards the end of high school and continued playing and singing through college at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Being the son of non-musicians in the medical field, Shreeps had little inclination at the time to pursue music as a career & graduated from Emory in 2003 with a B.A. in Economics. Nonetheless, he was part of the school’s accomplished a cappella group, No Strings Attached, and helped direct the group for two years after graduating. After a brief stint in the business world, Shreeps turned his love affair with music into his life’s work. He studied guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music and then immersed himself in the Atlanta music scene. He cites many influences to his guitar playing — Clapton, David Gilmour, Mike Campbell (of the Heartbreakers), Jerry Garcia, Dickey Betts, Mike Einziger (of Incubus) to name a few. He mentions The Beatles, particularly John Lennon, amongst his top songwriting influences as well as other notables like Paul Simon, Adam Duritz, & Peter Gabriel.
Since turning to music as a career, Shreeps has built a slate of regular gigs—playing venues, events, weddings, and independently releasing his first studio EP Avondale Escape in 2012. His vocal style has a markedly dynamic range. On the softer side, it sits somewhere between Paul Simon and Damien Rice while the sandpaper side of his voice hints at a Van Morrison rasp or an amped-up Tom Petty. For more info, click here.