Zach Friedhof is a Troubadour of Peace originally from from Akron Ohio, now residing in the Teton Mountains of Wyoming. His music is an uplifting blend of folk & soul immersed in love.
25 years ago after a nearly fatal appendix rupture, Zach began writing and performing music in Northeast Ohio, releasing his first CD and making his way onto stages across the country, sometimes with the likes of Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Gin Blossoms, Bo Diddley, Trevor Hall, Steve Poltz, and Brett Dennon. Since then he has performed across North America in diverse venues from living rooms and yoga classes to clubs to theatres, to festivals. Recently he was awarded the John T Looney Justice and Peace Award. Other accolades include Humanitarian of the Year, Local Band of the Year, Best Singer/Songwriter, and the he was invited to perform in Toronto in 2018 and 2023 at the Parliament of World's Religions.
In addition, Zach has released 5 Kirtan records (Jai Ma Vol 1-5). He led weekly chanting in person and through Facebook Live for 2 years. He is a yogi, leads meditation and is a co-director of the Yoga Summit of Ohio. He also co-created and is the Executive Director of the Big Love Network, which focuses on environmental health equity and justice through community uplift and engagement though neighbor-led neighborhood initiatives involving arts, skills, and gatherings. As a photographer, his first book of meditations and photography, Tiny Meditations, was released 2016, and has since released 3 more books of photography and meditations / poetry.
Performances with his high energy band Zach & the Bright Lights (Neil Keating, Charlie Trenta, Michael Marotta and Drew Thornberry) get the body and soul moving!
Zach will be releasing his 33rd album in Aug, called Elevate Orchestra, an album of kirtan created with many amazing regional sacred musicians.
In 2021, he released, Guideline, which was written about his mother's passing, and his struggles with that expereince.
Zach lives most of the year in The Teton Mountains in Wyoming, where he says he feels an ancient connection.
“My soul was hewn from those rocks and stones,” he says.
Zach released his first CD in 1999, “Delusions”, and since then he has performed over 5,000 shows and toured across 350,000 miles.
Zach hopes his recordings and shows can be a catalyst for uplift, mental health, and community.