Date of Birth: 9th April, 1992
Location: St Julian’s
Star Sign: Aries
Media-related occupation: Singer
Angela Vella Zarb is a Maltese singer who first made her live appearance in 2009, fronting a college band. Between 2011 and 2015, she contributed backing vocals to various local rock bands, and in 2014, she joined a funk/disco band on lead vocals.
After attending a two-day workshop with Mro. Massimo de Majo, Angela shifted her focus to jazz studies, and now performs professionally with gypsy jazz/manouche ensemble Swing Nuages (winners of the 2015 Indi Unplugged Competition), The Elata Quartet, the Organic Choir Malta, and in various jazz combos with top local musicians.
She’s recorded guest vocals for contemporary jazz/rock band, The Ranch, and was selected to sing at the Malta Jazz Festival with the Fringe Youth Ensemble in 2016.
Image above: Angela Vella Zarb with Swing Nuages – Image credit: Mia Sarah
What do you really have to sacrifice to be a successful vocalist?
We work a lot of evenings, so I often have to miss out on family and friends’ gatherings. Although, there is one day of the year that I keep for myself and my family no matter what – Christmas Eve.
Can you recall the first time you performed in front of an audience?
I had taken drama at school, so I performed a few times in plays, singing and acting. The most memorable was my role as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I got to sing this really powerful song and shout my lines in French. My first proper band gig happened years later at BJs Music Club in Paceville in 2009. It was ridiculously exciting at the time.
Image above: Angela Vella Zarb performing at the Malta Jazz Festival 2016 – Image credit: Ruben Buhagiar
How do you combine your passions with your daily routine?
I like learning new songs whilst driving around in my car. It’s a sneaky way to get some practice time in whilst getting the boring stuff done. I’m also preparing for a mountain climbing trip at the moment, and it’s super tricky fitting in training around rehearsals and gigs, but I’m making it work with good old fashioned time management.
Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
I’m looking to study music formally within the next few years, so hopefully I’ll have a BA to my name by then. I hope that through my studies abroad, I’ll get into the jazz club scene internationally.