Solána Imani Rowe (born November 8, 1990, known professionally as SZA ( SIZ-ə), is an American singer and songwriter. Rowe was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, and later relocated to Maplewood, New Jersey. In October 2012, SZA self-released her debut EP, See.SZA.Run, which she then followed up with her second EP, titled S, in April 2013. In July 2013, it was revealed that she had signed to the hip hop record label Top Dawg Entertainment, through which she released Z, her third EP and first retail release, in April 2014.
SZA's name, essentially written out often as S-Z-A, is an acronym derived from the Supreme Alphabet, which is "a system of interpreting text by assigning meanings to the letters of the Roman alphabet" in the religious belief of the Nation of Gods and Earths. S-Z-A stands for "sovereign", "zigzag", and "Allah".