Sally Zito began her musical career at age 4 on classical piano, concertizing throughout her early youth. At age 14, she switched to drums, playing as the only female in a heavy metal cover band in Las Vegas where she grew up, and soon after began composing on piano while
studying orchestration and arranging with her father, composer Joseph Zito, musical arranger and conductor for Nat King Cole, among other top celebrities before studying formally at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Film Scoring (writing music for film).
Sally relocated to Los Angeles and began scoring student and independent films until the forming of The Sally Zito Project band, a 9-piece band (that sometimes included an 8 to 24-piece choir), bringing her love of film scoring, song writing, and rock & roll piano to the live performance stages of Los Angeles.
Playing all over California, Sally and her band appeared as the opening act at the Paramount Theater in Hollywood during In Defense of Animals’ “Benefit For the Animals”, hosted by Paula Abdul, alongside such notable artists as Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Tony Maiden of Rufus and Chaka Kahn, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Robbie Dupree (“Steal Away”) and Grammy and Oscar-nominated recording artist Stephen Bishop (“Separate Lives”, “It Might Be You”).
In 2009, The Sally Zito Project opened for Eddie Money in San Francisco for a charity benefiting Strikeouts for Troops, performing alongside her brother Barry Zito, pitcher for the Oakland Athletics / San Francisco Giants, and acoustic guitarist on Sally’s debut album, “Cheap & Alive.” She has received radio airplay across the nation and in Canada, including stations all across California, in Oregon, Arizona, and in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
Later that year, Sally Zito was honored with receiving Los Angeles Women in Music’s (LAWIM) Comet Award as the best songwriter/performer of 2008-2009.
Together for over 13 years, The Sally Zito Project can be seen backing up New York-based frontman/lead singer Steven Ryan (a/k/a The Legendary Pot Roast) in a “Tribute to Meatloaf and the Songs of Jim Steinman,” paying homage to rock&roll writer great, Jim Steinman (“I Would Do Anything For Love,” “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,”).
Sally is currently involved in numerous projects aimed at raising awareness about animal suffering in the food industry and beyond, and is in the final stages of recording the music score for Director John Bernard’s (#AwakeningConscience) most recent film, “The Walk,” documenting the LIVE from Hollywood, California street art performance of the same name, created by Bernard to show how cows and pigs are subjected to institutionalized torture.