User profile: Zach Pohl
Zach Pohl is an Austin-based roots music artist.
Having lived most of his life in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Zach Pohl now resides in Austin, Texas "The Live Music Capital of the World".
From his early beginnings in DFW, he identified and perfected his musical talents, not only as a gifted singer, but also as a talented song writer and musician.
By age nine, Zach began singing solos in church services and pursued his calling throughout his entire life. Most of his time in high shcool he spent singing in church and prestigious high school choirs. He continued his singing career at TCU and afterwards with the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
His musical abilities were evident as early as his singing talents. By the third grade, he began taking piano lessons; in junior high and high school, he played the French horn and trumpet. By the time he graduated from high school, he was singing and playing keys with a local band of musicians.
After graduation, he pursued a degree in music at TCU, graduating in 2002. He also served as a music director for various churches throughout the D/FW area, searching for his niche in life, when a friend approached him about writing a song for her wedding. That inspiration prompted him to begin writing, and since then, he found that niche.
Not long afterwards, he decided to play bass for a local rock band. Within six months, he had become their lead singer and songwriter, fulfilling a life-long dream. After the group disbanded, Zach fed his fervor for writing and eventually co-founded a songwriting troupe, finding new inspiration in folk, soul, and blues music. The influence of these talented individuals helped shape his attitude about, and his commitment to, songwriting.
From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Pohl played bass, sang lead vocals, and wrote songs for the group Madera. In 2006 he joined Austin songwriter Doug Kent, playing bass and singing vocals together. Later he played guitar and harmonica, sang vocals, and wrote songs for the 508's, a folk group he founded himself.
Today Mr. Pohl pursues his passion with a tireless enthusiasm and commitment. He has been a solo acoustic artist since January, 2008, recording one demo, one live CD and two produced studio CDs . He has sung back-up vocals for Richard Davis, served as interim road manager for Max Stalling, and continues to work with artists like Valenti Funk (The Effinay's) and The Moment Before. He spends most of his time and energy planning his annual cross- country tours. Zach says, “As a solo artist I've been paving my way, cutting my teeth, and paying my dues to establish myself as a songwriter. At times it's a challenging road, but I enjoy every minute and would not give it up for the world. I write songs for the sake of writing songs and I strive to always be true to myself. I continue to write and perform to give back to the music community that made me who I am.”