Zak Sobel is a singer-songwriter and composer from New York, New York. Although Zak had been a lifelong music lover, it wasn’t until his freshman year at Penn State University, in 2007, when he first picked up a guitar. Although those closest to him thought it wouldn't stick, Zak and his Martin D-15 formed a quick and lasting friendship. Throughout college, Zak spent time honing his craft, writing songs, and meeting other musicians in the area. In April, 2010, towards the end of his junior year, Zak put a band together for a few shows before school let out for the summer. The Zak Sobel Band hit the ground running at the start of his senior year and by the time that Zak graduated, in May 2011, he and his band had become household names in his beloved State College, Pennsylvania.
In January, 2012, Zak made the move to Los Angeles, to work as the Music Supervisor, an Associate Producer, and a Composer on his first feature film, “Hansel & Gretel Get Baked.” "Hansel & Gretel Get Baked" finished post-production in December, 2012 and is being distributed by Tribeca Film domestically and Jinga Films (London) internationally.
Zak has recorded four albums of original music - "Target Rock," "Barcelona," "Songs Joanna Likes," and "For Jane." Zak's records have featured musicians who have worked with some of the greats, such as Steve Forbert, Sam the Sham, John Oates, etc.
In 2011, after graduating from Penn State University, Zak booked a 45-date tour up and down the east coast. In addition to headlining many of his own shows, Zak and his band also opened for acts such as Matisyahu, O.A.R., Lupe Fiasco, and Little Big Town. Zak also appeared at major festivals, including The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, in State College, Pennsylvania, and Park Avenue Festival in Rochester, New York, with annual attendances over 100,000 people and 250,000 people, respectively. After the tour, Zak took some time off from traveling and moved back to Central Pennsylvania for a few months before moving to Los Angeles in January, 2012.
After spending the majority of 2012, and the first couple months of 2013, working on "Hansel & Gretel Get Baked" and writing new material, Zak expects to release his fifth album in the summer of 2013.
In 2012, Zak was hired as an Associate Producer and the Music Supervisor on the film, "Hansel & Gretel Get Baked." In addition to supervising the music, Zak composed and performed three original compositions for the film.
In April, 2013, Zak licensed two of his original compositions, "No Reason To Beware" and "Your Heart's Refrain," to Verizon for use in their "Jetpack" campaign.