Arizona Zervas has a viral hit with "Roxanne," but he's been at it for years.
Maryland-born singer and songwriter Arizona Zervas just notched his first Hot 100 entry with the catchy, whistling hit “Roxanne,” which debuted at No. 34 for the week of Nov. 16. And while the song may seem to have materialized out of thin air, calling Zervas an overnight success would be a disservice to the years he has spent on the grind, steadily building a following.

Here’s a cheat sheet on everything you should know about the up-and-coming artist -- and how an aggressive touring schedule,a singles strategy and playlisting support helped him reach the Hot 100, three years after his first release.

He writes and engineers all of his songs.

Zervas has the same bio on Instagram and Twitter accounts: “non-fiction.” The term sums up his approach to songwriting, as he’s focused on chronicling his real-life experiences through music. Now based in Los Angeles, he writes and engineers all of his songs himself, tapping a range of producers including RedLightMuzik, J-Glad and, for "Roxanne," 94skrt.