Zach (the one on the right) is currently running a campaign for his 32nd birthday to raise money for clean water projects.

He's the lead singer of The Lone Bellow, a Brooklyn-based country-rock trio that's currently harmonizing their way up the charts. Take a look at this NYT spotlight on them -- they're fantastic. Zach has a couple different connections to charity: water and has really become a personal friend of ours. In addition to pledging his 32nd birthday, The Lone Bellow recently performed at our SXSW event.


What birthday gift did you ask for and never receive? I asked a young lady named Noel Dillon if she would please give me her phone number for my birthday during math class in the 5th grade. I even dressed up for the special occasion in a hunter green silk shirt, a hunter green silk tie, a pair of bright orange Duck Head shorts, and my favorite pair of baseball cleats. Didn't get that one.

Which birthday would you love to re-live -- and whyLast year I had a sleepover at my house with all my best buds. Everyone made pallets and watched movies all.night.long. It was a perfect surprise from my wife. The best.

Most embarrassing birthday wish you've ever made? I once wished I could be the bass singer from Boyz II Men.

Best birthday surprise you've ever received? My father stayed up all night on my 10th birthday assembling a basketball goal in our driveway. It also happened to be the morning that we had to give away our Dalmatian and all 8 of her puppies. She ate a couple of them so I was very happy to get the basketball goal and get rid of the strange dog I was always afraid of.

Most unusual birthday gift you've ever received? I once got a remote control car that had tiny arms capable of doing ninja chopping moves. It came with batteries. Later in the day when the batteries ran out I thought it died, so I snuck into the crazy Dalmatian's fenced in area and buried it. Naturally. 

Why did you decide to do a birthday campaign for clean water?  I believe in the work charity: water is doing. I have the rare opportunity of knowing the staff personally and they are kind, hard working, and honest human beings doing work that truly matters.