Zenobia ~ Albuquerque

Music Commissioner Zenobia

Music Background

  • Singer 1. Zenobia & Friends at Cowgirl, El Farol, Vansesee, Evangelos, La Fonda, Santa Fe Bandstand; 2. Soulman Sam & Zenobia at Evangelos; 3. Jay Boy Adams & Zenobia at Santa Fe Bandstand, West Texas, NYC, and Europe; and, 4. Featured singer at New Mexico Jazz Workshop’s Music Under The Stars Ladies Sing The Blues, Women’s Voices, Johnny Otis Tribute “Dangerous Creation” with Tracey Whitney
  • Backup Singer 1. Jane Olivor opening for Charles Aznovar, Burt Bacharach, Bill Cosby, and Sammy Davis Jr; 2. Julie Budd in NYC cabaret venues; and, 3. Alaina Reed in NYC cabaret venues
  • Recording Artist 1. Recorded/debuted Disco hit “It’s Raining Men” in NYC at Studio 54; 2. Recording Contract with Streetwise Records (In The Night); 3.
  • Producer Co-produced Rockers’ Revenge “Living for the Weekend” Billboard #52
  • Media 1. Featured on the cover of ABQ Arts; 2. Featured in Albuquerque the Magazine
  • Awards 1. CD of the Year, “Resurrection” New Mexico Music Awards (NMMA) 2015; 2. Best Gospel Song, “One More Night” NMMA 2014
  • Musical Theater 1. HAiR (Broadway/National Tours); 2. Godspell (National Tours); 3. Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tours)

Administrative Background

  • Director of Development: New Mexico Jazz Workshop
  • Secretary/Radio Producer: Young & Rubicam (ad agency)
  • TV Producer: Chisholm Mingo (ad agency)
  • Producer: David Horowitz Music
  • Producer/Casting Director: RadioBand Pennylane Studios
  • Broadcast Producer: Vigilante (ad agency)
  • Radio Producer: J. Walter Thompson (ad agency)
  • Various Miami Florida production companies: Freelance TV Production Assistant, Production Coordinator
  • Organizations: Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA, musicians local 802 (NYC), Recording Academy (Grammys)


Mannes School of Music 1987


Los Angeles, California


Albuquerque North Valley, Bernalillo County


11 September 2020 by Governor Lujan Grisham

Commission Term

September 11, 2020 ~ September 11, 2023


County Liaison

  • Lincoln
  • McKinley
  • Valencia


Zenobia grew up singing in a Baptist church in East L.A. and made her professional theater debut at 18 in the L.A. and Broadway casts of HAiR.  Studio backup singer: her claim to fame was in 1982 in NYC, when she debuted the disco hit, “It’s Raining Men” (co-written by HAiR alumni Paul Jabara).  Advertising career: as an award-winning commercial producer, Zenobia produced huge talents Luther Van Dross, Lou Rawles, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Martin, Ossie Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, James Brown and Richie Havens, etc. Musician/singer/songwriter: 2001 – debuted her first CD, “Home”. 2014 – her CD “Resurrection” included the contemporary gospel single, “One More Night”, winner of the “Best Gospel Song” award/New Mexico Music Awards.  Zenobia and music partner, Jay Boy Adams, released their album, “How Long, How Long” in 2014 and tour the US/Europe with their band.  Zenobia is featured on Jay Boy’s Billboard-charted Americana CD, “Let It Go”.

Creative Examples

These examples cite Zenobia’s work as a music industry professional in the private sector.

Social Media


Staying with the beat w Zenobia and Lewis Winn, live streamed from the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, July 2020.

Good Enough (c) Denise Rich & Zenobia 2011

Only Lover by Tommy Mandel w Zenobia (c) Invisible City Editions 2002

In The Night music and lyrics by Zenobia, performed by Zenobia (c) Streetwise Records 1985

One and Only music and lyrics by Zenobia, performed by the Ritchie Family (c) Believe Music (on behalf of Scorpio Music); UMPG Publishing, CMRRA, Sony ATV Publishing, Peermusic, and 4 Music Rights Societies 1982

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