Zach Deputy shares life through his music

"I like to leave the interpretation up to the listener," says Zach Deputy, who plays at Sky City this Friday.



Zach Deputy’s fourth album, Another Day, is just as much for himself as his fans.

The new release, out since late September, features songs written over the past decade, Deputy said in an interview while on the road between gigs in Ohio.

The Southern native and Savannah resident is on tour across the East Coast this winter. He stops in Augusta on Friday, Dec. 9, for a show at Sky City.

Audiences can expect dance tunes with some soul, Deputy said.

“It’s dance music that also touches the heart,” he said. “It’s a lot of funk, jazz, blues.”

The songs from his latest and most personal album were recorded in just four or five days in a Brooklyn, N.Y., studio.

“I like to leave the interpretation up to the listener,” Deputy said. “These are the stories of my life. Most of them are really personal.”

Deputy says his Puerto Rican, Crucian and Irish heritage influences his work, which combines rhythm and blues, gospel, and island-sounds into laid-back ballads and soulful dance songs. He says he’s inspired by artists like Al Green, Taj Mahal and Stevie Wonder, and is currently listening to a lot of Donny Hathaway.

The album’s title track serves as sort of a personal mantra, Deputy said.

“The only thing you control is your own soul,” he said. “You focus on what you can control. There’s always another day, another day where you can start over again.”