grew up in the Texas hill country, born the third youngest of seven children. He spent his days in church and his nights at tent revivals. When he was eight, his family moved to Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where he thought the kids talked funny. After high school, he went to the University of Kentucky to study Vocal Music Performance. The Piccardy thirds and Plagal cadences of Brahms and Bach began to wear on him, so he took to writing his own songs (however meek and small they were). Zephaniah’s church-filled childhood has permeated his writing, often leading to stories that meld religion and folklore. Upon graduation, Zephaniah moved to Nashville, where he is currently teaching 6th Grade Reading, working on a collection of short stories, and producing a self-recorded album.