Zach Deputy's "Gospel Ninja Soul" Comes to Downtown Orlando

Zach Deputy at Backbooth Orlando on 2/13/15
Zach Deputy at Backbooth on 2/13

Feel Good Jams with a Side of Funk

Zach Deputy’s music is a balm for tired spirits, the work of a joyful man who lives with gratitude in his heart. On Feb. 13, he brought his one man show to Backbooth in Downtown Orlando for a funky night that opened with a set by Orlando’s own funkUs.

If you don’t know Zach, here’s the low-down: He’s a Southern boy, born in Bluffton, S.C. He’s a touring machine, hitting cities all over the country every year. He’s a lover of Florida; he can often be found playing shows in the state and even hosts a disc jam at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

He plays a mixture of funk, soul, and gospel music, heavily influenced by his rich cultural heritage. He loops and layers all the elements of his music (guitar, bass, beatboxing, vocals, drum sounds) during performances, allowing for flexibility and creativity so that each show is a unique experience.

Friday night’s show included favorites like “Twisty Twisty”, extended funk jams, and playful call and response sections. Backbooth was packed, and I was a little more cramped than I would have liked, but Zach still had me moving my feet. The rest of the crowd was pleased, too; shouts of “yeehaw” and loud whistling could be heard intermittently above the music.

He played us an encore, because we “asked so nicely,” and then it was over. I certainly could have listened to him play all night. He thanked his fans and then hung around to meet us after the show.

If I had to describe Zach’s music in one word, I would simply call it “happy”. It’s the kind of music that you can’t help but dance to and never fails to put a smile on your face. I can’t wait to have him back in Orlando again.

Friday’s show was hosted by ONElive Music.

Thandiwe Ogbonna is a freelance writer based in Orlando, Florida. She writes for The Untz, and has written for,, and Home Grown Music Network. Tweet to her, @ThandiWay, and tell her about your next great event.

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