A Soundtrack for Change
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Zo’s debut EP, Blessed Unrest, was funded by a groundswell of fan support, and adds to a resurgence of music with a message. His songs effortlessly combine the anthem-ready energy of modern rock and the passion of gospel with contemporary beats and folk-inspired storytelling. In-studio and onstage, acoustic or full-band, Zo’s rhythmic grooves, musical prowess, lyrical depth, and emotional power go to the heart of who we are and what we’re here to contribute.
Born to a nurturing Jewish-American family with a middle-class mother from Massachusetts and a working-class father from Israel, Zo grew up comfortable — yet aware of the suffering and injustices in his community and the world. His life changed course at age 16 when his 80-year old mentor gave him a wake-up call, telling him: “When you’re my age, your grandkids will ask what you did with your life.”
By college, he immersed himself in the young but growing global movement for climate justice — and by a few years out, after working overtime as a grassroots organizer, he found himself “burned out” and lost. After a time of soul-searching, spiritual awakening, and intense study, he came back to social change — this time as a certified life & leadership coach and founder of efforts helping rising stars in social and environmental justice movements thrive and amplify their impact.
With a sound as epic as the Dave Matthews Band, soulfully conscious as Michael Franti, and infectious as Nahko & Medicine for the People, Zo Tobi delivers a stirring soundtrack for change in our lives, our communities, and the world.
News & Updates
For those days when the way seems blockaded: Here’s a brand-new song I wrote called “Small Sweet Steps”.It came to me one day after waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Give a listen, share around, and join the new Facebook Group to let me know how it hits you! <3 Zo
I’ll be sharing a song as one of the curated artists, at the legendary You’re Going To Die show in San Francisco next Wednesday! YG2D exists “to bring people creatively into the conversation of death and dying, while helping to inspire & empower out of an unabashed embrace of our loss & mortality.” It’s one(…)
On Sunday, August 24th — two days after performing at the Boston Opera House for the People’s Climate Tour — I’ll have the honor of contributing music for the Unitarian Universalist worship service at the historic and socially progressive Arlington Street Church. At a time when religion is the backdrop for so much separation, hatred,(…)
I’ve just been asked to join as a featured musician for the People’s Climate Tour! This is a huge honor for me. In just a few weeks, the Tour will educate, inspire, and empower people in the lead-up to the People’s Climate March — an event shaping up to be the largest climate-focused demonstration ever.(…)