Creating ‘SPACES’ with James Ian & Zack and Zarek Elizondo

Creating ‘SPACES’ with James Ian & Zack and Zarek Elizondo

This episode, Judy interviews James Ian, and Zack and Zarek Elizondo. The three worked together with many others to create the song and music video SPACES, which was sponsered by Genentech as a part of the SMA My Way program, which was built to support and raise awareness for the Spinal Muscular Atrophy community.

The transcript for this episode is available here.

Follow James Ian on Instagram @jamesianmusic

Follow Zack and Zarek on Facebook @suitelifeofzackandzarek.

Learn more about SMA My Way.

A headshot of James Ian, a black man with black hair shaved on the sides and the top tied into a man bun. He has light facial hair and is wearing a red and blue plaid button down shirt with a blue cardigan.

James Ian is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and writer. He is a passionate advocate for authentic representation of disabled actors in TV, film and other media. His filmography includes several movies and commercials, TV series and documentaries, including The Allnighter, Pugsley, Kimboo and Inner Warrior. He also serves on the board of DisArt.

A photo of Zarek and Zack Elizondo in their studio. Zarek is a hispanic man who uses a wheelchair. He has a black beard and mustache. He is wearing a black hat, a grey shirt, and a gold chain. Zack is a hispanic man with brown hair pulled back into a bun and a brown beard. He is wearing a black button down that is open at the top with a two overlapping necklaces.

Zarek DeMarco and Zachary Markel (together known as the Elizondo brothers), have dedicated themselves to completing Zarek’s life-goal list, while also educating others about SMA. Zack is a musician for a regional rock group called ...And The Hero Prevails. Sharing his experiences of opening for many bands like The Offespring, Puddle of Mudd, and Saliva have been some of the greatest moments they’ve shared as brothers and content for their vlog Sweet Life of Zack and Zarek.

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Intro music by Lachi:

Outro music by Gaelynn Lea: 

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