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FutureStarrWho Is Zach Sobiech
Zach Sobiech, who is a musician and singer, died on May 20, 2014 at the age of 19, after a long battle with a rare form of cancer known as osteosarcoma. Sobiech, a self-proclaimed 'songwriter, guitar player, and singer,' recorded his first EP, 'Bloom,' in 2011, at the age of 16, and the album featured the song, "Clouds".
The duo are given the chance of a lifetime and are offered a record deal thanks to Sobiech's mentor and teacher Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery). Their song "Clouds" makes it onto the radio and Sobiech and Sammy are able to perform the song onstage. (Source: www.upi.com)
In the SoulPancake documentary, which has now surpassed 15 million views, Zach recounts his journey of turning to music to express himself and to comfort his loved ones after receiving his terminal diagnosis at age 17. "My closure is being able to get my feelings into these songs, so they could have something to remember me by and lean on when I am gone," Zach shares in the documentary. "[His music] is Zach's way of saying goodbye," his mother Laura says, while his brother Sam expresses that Zach's music ". . . is kind of like a record of how much he cares for us." (Source: www.popsugar.com)
In the short time that he lived, he had a huge impact in the music industry. His name is used to this day to identify the sound of acoustic guitar. He was killed in a car accident in the summer of 2011 at the age of 18. He was on his way to his first big concert in St. Louis, Missouri with his band.
Instead of wallowing, Zach put the pedal to the metal. He and two friends formed a band, A Firm Handshake, and slid their first single, a folksy pop tune Zach wrote, “Clouds,” onto YouTube. There, the effervescent earworm, in which Zach turned staring down death into an unabashed celebration of the precious time he had left to live, changed everything. It went viral, and before long Zach was everywhere. Meanwhile, “Clouds” eased its way onto the Billboard charts—it peaked at number three on the Hot Rock and Alternative Songs chart—and into regular rotation on radio stations around the country. (Source: mspmag.com)