Whether she and husband, Jason Hicks, are singing at intimate affairs, community fundraising events or to capacity crowds, Joan Zen has been wooing music fans for years now. Her soul, rock and funk sound continues to attract fans of all ages to a wide variety of venues.
The couple has been songwriting together for 20 years. Their creative spark comes from their Buddhist faith; they strive to bring the tenets of love and compassion to their music as a guiding rule. Their success comes from marrying their lyrics to terrific melodies and rhythms, creating a pop-rock feel that’s downright habituating.
Joan Zen describes it as “modern-day dharma pop music.” She adds, “I’ve never been interested in writing about boy-meets-girl or break-ups, but rather suffering on a larger scale and offering commentary on how we all cope with it.”