email: zionrock AT hotmail.com
Zion Rock Godchaux was born and raised in Marin County , in the
San Francisco Bay Area, in 1974. The son of Keith & Donna Godchaux
of “The Grateful Dead,” Zion was born with music in his blood.
Formative years for Zion was traveling with the band, both in the
States and overseas, soaking it up both philosophically and musically.
By age two, his instinct for rhythm was obvious. At four years
old Zion had his own drum set, and at six was playing a special
segment with his mom at “Heart of Gold Band” shows.
At seventeen, Zion turned his sights to guitar, singing, and song
writing. From there he formed various bands centering around original
music. In addition to his deep affinity for the music of “The Grateful
Dead,” Zion 's love of music has enabled him to draw from many
styles, including blues, reggae, funk, jazz, and electronic.
In 1997 Zion joined the “Donna Jean Band” playing guitar and percussion
when the band toured. Later, he also recorded his first CD, “True
Vibes of The Scene,” which was a fusion of electronic beats and
reggae grooves, wrapped around original songs. The CD enjoyed regional
success in the San Diego area where he was living at the time.
More recently in 2003, Zion spent most of the year in the studio
with the “Heart of Gold Band,” recording the new CD “At The Table.” In
addition to his contribution as songwriter, singer, and musician,
he played a major role in producing. Zion is also a professional
DJ with the unique approach of incorporating real-time sequencing
into the live performances of his original material.