Mats Edström and Anette Johansson started out together with a rock band called Yankee Heaven around 1994 in Jönköping, Sweden. When the band ended they were involved in different music projects separately from each other but in 2002 they came together again and founded SHIVA.
3 albums were released during 2002-2006: SHIVA - self titled (2002); Desert Dreams (2004) and The curse of the gift (2006). After 2006 Anette and Mats decided to take a break from SHIVA due to other commitments in life.
But for the love of the music created from the great co-operation between them, Anette and Mats came together again in 2015, now under the name ZHIVA. The reason to spell the name a little different was to mark the start of something new but still the same. In 2016, 10 years after the break, ZHIVA is now releasing their first EP called Evelyn´s letters from hell. ZHIVA starts out as a studio project but the intension has always been to create a solid band and to play live in the near future.
The spark never dies!