Solana Rowe A.K.A. “SZA” was born in St Louis, but was raised in New Jersey. Rowe formed her stage name from the Supreme Alphabet, taking influence from rapper RZA, the last two letters in her name stand for Zig-zag and Allah, while the first letter Rowe developed herself switching it from savior to “sovereign.
SZA first met members of Top Dawg Entertainment in 2011, when her boyfriend’s clothing company sponsored a show in which Kendrick Lamar was performing. TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson heard her music liked the material, and stayed in touch.
On April 10, 2013 SZA released her second extended play S, which was critically acclaimed. On July 14, 2013 it was announced that Top Dawg had signed an upcoming female singer named SZA, to the label.
In 2014 SZA featured on a variety of songs from her label-mates albums including two songs for Isaiah Rashad debut extended play Cilvia Demo as well as featuring on Schoolboy Q debut studio album Oxymoron. The EP, titled Z, was released on April 8, 2014. Her sound is simply a breath of fresh air filled with soul and good energy.