Who Is The Mia Zapata? The Mia Zapata was an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the early 1990s as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the punk rock band Gits. She was born in Miami, Florida, USA on August 25th, 1965. She is best known for her powerful and emotive vocal delivery, her intense and poetic songwriting style, and her influence on the Seattle music scene. Early Life At the age of 14, Zapata moved to Seattle with her family. Her interest in music grew during high school when she discovered punk rock and started playing in bands. She later attended Evergreen State College where she studied literature and culture. It was there that she met Matt Dresdner who introduced her to the underground punk scene in Seattle. Music Career In 1990, Zapata formed the Gits with Steve Moriarty (guitar), Andy Kessler (bass), and Steve Fisk (drums). The band quickly gained a following through their live performances and released their debut album Frenching the Bully in 1992. The album featured Zapata's powerful songwriting and emotive vocals, which garnered critical acclaim and commercial success. In 1993, the band released their second album Enter: The Conquering Chicken which was met with similar success. Death Tragically, Zapata was murdered in Seattle on July 7th, 1993 at the age of 27. Her murder remains unsolved to this day. The tragedy of her death was felt throughout the music community as many of her peers paid tribute to her through songs and concerts. Legacy The Mia Zapata left behind a legacy of powerful music and lyrics that still resonates today. Her influence on the Seattle music scene is still felt through many of the artists who cite her as an inspiration. She also collaborated with other artists like D+ and performed alongside acts such as Nirvana, Sleater-Kinney, and Hole. While her life was tragically cut short, her influence on music and culture is still felt today.