Suzanne "Zanni" Parkins grew up taking in the sounds from her parents favourite musicians and with the same appreciation. She adapted her mother's love for the story telling styles of Country and Western and her father's addiction to the soul of the 60's, 70's and 80's. Overtime, along with her own musical influences, she developed such a passion that it became the driving force for her determination.
Through her early childhood years Zanni was noticeably shy but as she grew, so did her confidence. She started to participate more in school activities that showcased her talents and gave her a platform to entertain her family and friends. Her mother, who noticed her love for the arts, would lobby to enroll her in different programs one of which was a summer programme at Edna Manley's School of Drama which she attended for (2) consecutive years and possessed lead roles in both productions.
Nonetheless, Zanni's passion for music never wavered. Through her teenage years as she indulged in the music of the 90's and 2000's, while admiring performers like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera, she began to envision the possibilty of one day performing her own songs. That vision never left the forefront of her mind and it was during those years Zanni developed an interest in song writing and began to hone her writing skills.
Even though Zanni wanted to start a music career right after high school her mother had other plans. Zanni's mother insisted that she finished school first, so she did. She attended The University of Technology where she earned a Bsc. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and after just two years in the working world she began her pursuit of a career in music.
This eclectic artiste, mixes the sounds of R&B, Dancehall, Soul and Reggae to create what she calls ‘ Dancehall Fusion’ . Her first break was with D.A.M Rude Records in 2011, where she was able to release her first single “ How I like it” ft. Blaze. The song made it to the radio airwaves and led to performances at The Jonkoonu Lounge and Spring Break Negril 2011 as well as aided a feature in Yush Magazine of that year. "Just Wanna Party" with Caspa Productions soon followed then "Radar" produced by D.A.M Rude Records. The follow up track with D.A.M Rude Records got rave reviews especially with the release of Zanni's first official music video, promoting the track, making it's way onto the Hype TV Video Countdown.
In 2017, Zanni released "Own It" produced by Sidney Thorpe unbehalf of Zzaneye Music. The songs release led to features in Teen Vybe Magazine and The Jamaica Gleaner Youthlink Magazine as well as received airplay in the UK and garnered the attention of DJ's in Germany.
Zanni's latest single "Lifestyle Party" produced by Kingston Elite Studios and Zzaneye Music is an upbeat dancehall and R&B infused track about the party life through the eyes of a true island girl.