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Chandler singer exudes passion for music BY CHRISTINA FUOCO-KARASINSKI Staff

Perry High School senior Lois Zozobrado has the spunk and the drive of musicians who are twice her age. She rattles off her marketing plan without taking a breath, and just as passionately shares she was adopted from

of fans as well. They can see her perform as part of the Mesa Music Festival Thursday, Nov. 9, to Saturday, Nov. 11. Visit mesamusicfest.com for detailed schedules. This is Zozobrado’s second time playing the Mesa Music Festival. “I went from being a little girl with terrible stage fright,” she said. “Today

I went from being a little girl with terrible stage “ fright, Today I’m 18. I’m already performing at music festivals and Spring Training games.”

– Lois Zozobrado

China and suffered from nodules on her vocal cords. “I think if you’re going to be successful in music, you have to be passionate about it,” said Zozobrado, of Chandler. “It shines through in performances and when you talk to people about music. “My mom doesn’t need to force me to do homework. She doesn’t need to force me to write songs,” Zozobrado added. “She doesn’t need to force me to get gigs. That’s me. That’s my own thing. I do it by myself and my mom is supportive of that.” The singer-songwriter has the support

I’m 18. I’m already performing at music festivals and spring training games. It’s insane how far I’ve come.” The festivals and gigs are fun, but singing the national anthem is meaningful. “The Cubs game is hands down the biggest crowd I have ever performed in front of,” Zozobrado said. “I look at the flag and I think, ‘This is so worth it.’ I don’t pay attention to the people. I’m looking at the flag and appreciating it. You have to feel the national anthem. It’s one of those songs.” At the Mesa Music Festival, Zozobrado

will perform tracks from her debut album, “Sunshine Boulevard,” and new songs. She was working on an album when she got word that she needed to have vocal cord surgery. “I had two surgeries and months of therapy,” Zozobrado said. “I’m so outgoing, and talkative, and I couldn’t communicate as well. I had a lot of stress and anxiety. I was down in the dumps. My therapist, my friends and my mom said I should do other things.” She concentrated on songwriting and improving her guitar skills. “I was inspired,” said Zozobrado, who interns at a recording studio. “I was really driven to achieve those goals. When you’re in music, you’re always busy gigging. I, finally, for once, had a break. “I thank God for my parents for bearing with me on that. It’s so hard. But honestly, I feel it was a learning experience. This year is a really, really, really good time to release new Special to SanTan Sun News music. The momentum I have Lois Zozobrado will perform at the Mesa Music Festival Thursday, November 9, to Saturday, November 11. right now is amazing.”

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