ZZ Ward

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ZZ Ward
ZZ Ward Chicago Last Love Tour.png
ZZ Ward on stage in Chicago, IL on the Last Love Tour (3/23/14)
Background information
Birth nameZsuzsanna Eva Ward
Born(1986-06-02) June 2, 1986 (age 27)[1]
Abington, PA, U.S.
OriginRoseburg, OR, U.S.[2]
GenresBlues rock, R&B, pop rock, blue-eyed soul
OccupationsMusician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Years active2007–present
LabelsBoardwalk Entertainment Group (2009–present)
Hollywood (2011–present)
 
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ZZ Ward
ZZ Ward Chicago Last Love Tour.png
ZZ Ward on stage in Chicago, IL on the Last Love Tour (3/23/14)
Background information
Birth nameZsuzsanna Eva Ward
Born(1986-06-02) June 2, 1986 (age 27)[1]
Abington, PA, U.S.
OriginRoseburg, OR, U.S.[2]
GenresBlues rock, R&B, pop rock, blue-eyed soul
OccupationsMusician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Years active2007–present
LabelsBoardwalk Entertainment Group (2009–present)
Hollywood (2011–present)

ZZ Ward (born Zsuzsanna Eva Ward[3]) is an American musician and singer-songwriter, signed to the Boardwalk Entertainment Group [4] and Hollywood Records. Her debut album Til The Casket Drops is available now at iTunes. ZZ Ward is also managed by E. Kidd Bogart's Boardwalk Music Group. She released her debut EP, Criminal, on May 8, 2012. Her debut album, Til the Casket Drops, was released on October 16, 2012. "Put The Gun Down", her first single, broke into the Top 10 on the AAA radio chart February 3, 2013,[5] staying there for 10 weeks, and also broke into the Top 40 on the Billboard Alternative chart.

History[edit]

Ward was born in Abington, Pennsylvania on June 2, 1986.[1] Ward lived in Abington as a child before moving to Roseburg, Oregon,[6] where she joined her first band, with her father, at the age of 12. Ward recalls the first song she sang was "an Albert King track called 'As the Years Go Passing By'".[7] She moved to Los Angeles and signed to E. Kidd Bogart's Boardwalk Entertainment Group, after which she began work on her debut album, which included work with Kendrick Lamar,[8] Ryan Tedder, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Theron "Neff-U" Feemster and Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums.[9] While making the Criminal EP, Ward also began work on Eleven Roses, a free mix-tape on which she offered her interpretations of recent tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator.[10] For "Criminal" she sampled the beat from "Oil Money" by Freddie Gibbs, who was so impressed by Ward's remake that he asked to contribute a guest verse to the official version on the EP. The Criminal EP was released in May 2012, and features the songs "Til the Casket Drops" (featured in the TV promo campaign for the 3rd season of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars),[11] "Put the Gun Down", "Move Like U Stole It" (featured in the Season 2 finale of MTV's Awkward and Season 4 of Showtime's Shameless), and "Criminal" (feat. Freddie Gibbs). Ward's debut album, Til the Casket Drops, was released October 16, 2012.[12]

Ward performed her first single from the album, "Put The Gun Down", on VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagen on September 19, 2012,[13] The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 1, 2012 [14] and Conan on January 10, 2013.[15] In March 2013, The New York Times said of Ward, "Her energy evokes Tina Turner's, her chops Aretha Franklin's and her soul Etta James's" [16] and she was named one of Fuse TV's 30 must-see artists at SXSW.[17]

Ward performed her second single, "365 Days", on Good Morning America [18] and VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live,[19] both on March 7, 2013 and was serviced to AAA radio May 21, 2013. In May 2013, ZZ Ward, in conjunction with her second single release, launched her "365 Days Of ZZ Ward" app which, according to Mashable, "uses Facebook's Open Graph to browse users' Facebook activity and plot their ZZ Ward-tagged status updates, photos and videos." [20]

On April 20, 2013 for Record Store Day, Ward released a limited edition 7-inch vinyl that included her cover of "Grinnin In Your Face", written and originally recorded by the artist Son House [21] and a previously unreleased song "Everybody Wants To Be Famous." [22] The 7-inch cover features an image taken of Ward when she was just 11 years old.[23]

She performed "365 Days" on the September 3, 2013 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,[citation needed] as well as on the January 30, 2014 episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Track listing

  1. "Til the Casket Drops" - 3:05
  2. "Put the Gun Down" - 2:50
  3. "Blue Eyes Blind" - 3:26
  4. "Home" - 3:42
  5. "Cryin Wolf (featuring Kendrick Lamar)" - 4:02
  6. "Save My Life" - 3:20
  7. "Last Love Song" - 3:31
  8. "Lil Darlin (featuring The O'Mys)" - 3:34
  9. "Move Like U Stole It" - 3:19
  10. "Criminal (featuring Freddie Gibbs)" - 3:51
  11. "If I Could Be Her" - 2:50
  12. "Charlie Ain't Home" - 3:37
  13. "365 Days" - 3:27

EPs[edit]

Track listing

  1. "Til the Casket Drops" - 3:08
  2. "Put the Gun Down" - 2:50
  3. "Criminal (feat. Freddie Gibbs)" - 3:51
  4. "Move Like U Stole It" - 3:20

Remixes[edit]

Track listing

  1. Criminal featuring Freddie Gibbs (Joywave Remix)
  2. Blue Eyes Blind (Wick-it Remix)
  3. Last Love Song (White Sea Remix)
  4. 365 Days (Blended Babies Remix featuring Asher Roth and King Chip)

Mixtapes[edit]

Track listing

  1. "Better Off Dead" - 2:49
  2. "Got It Bad" - 2:44
  3. "OVERdUe" - 2:37
  4. "Criminal" - 2:42
  5. "Morphine" - 2:38
  6. "Cinnamon Stix" - 2:20
  7. "Til the Casket Drops (live acoustic)" - 3:03
  8. "Last Love Song (acoustic)" - 3:27

Vinyl[edit]

Track Listing

  1. "Grinnin In Your Face"
  2. "Everybody Wants To Be Famous"

Singles[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
USUS
R&B
UKUK R&B
"See the World"[25]
(Blended Babies featuring Asher Roth, Chuck Inglish and ZZ Ward)
2013Non-album single
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearArtist(s)Album
"Parties at the Disco"[26]2014Asher RothRetroHash

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zsuzsanna Ward - North Hollywood, CA | MyLife®". Mylife.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ "Jefferson Public Radio - Roseburg's ZZ Ward Live Session 7/27 at Noon". Ijpr.org. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. ^ "'Idol' audition draws a crowd. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Justin Timberlake Signs on to Star in and Produce Boardwalk Films' Feature... - LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/". Prnewswire.com. 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  5. ^ "AAA Radio Songs: 2-3-13". The Top 22. 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  6. ^ Meet ZZ Ward - 'Backporch Blues Meets Hip Hop' says: (2012-10-21). "Editor’s Pick: ZZ Ward Exclusive Video". The Top 22. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  7. ^ "How ZZ Ward Went From Playing in Bars Underage to a Kendrick Lamar Collabo - Fuse Q&A - Fuse". Fuse.tv. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  8. ^ (04:02). "ZZ Ward - "Cryin' Wolf" (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)". Earmilk.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  9. ^ "Embracing Artistry, Moving on from Mixtapes and EPs to Crafting a Dazzling Debut Album". buzzine.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  10. ^ "SXSW Report: ZZ Ward Interview". vevo.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  11. ^ "OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: ZZ Ward "Til the Casket Drops"". youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  12. ^ "ZZ Ward Talks Instagram, Hip-Hop, and Attitude". beatdropping.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  13. ^ Posted 9/19/12. ""ZZ Ward Performs 'Put The Gun Down'" by ZZ Ward | Show Performance". VH1.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  14. ^ Gundersen, Edna (2012-11-01). "USA Today Story ZZ Ward on Jay Leno". 
  15. ^ "ZZ Ward "Put the Gun Down" 01/10/13 - CONAN on TBS". YouTube. 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  16. ^ Haller, Val (2013-03-01). "If You Like Rickie Lee Jones, Try ZZ Ward". The New York Times. 
  17. ^ "30 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2013 - Photos - South by Southwest - Festivals - Fuse". Fuse.tv. 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  18. ^ 03/07/2013. "ZZ Ward Performs '365 Days' on 'GMA' | Video - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  19. ^ Posted 3/7/13. ""ZZ Ward Performs '365 Days'" by ZZ Ward | Show Performance". VH1.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  20. ^ Anthony, Brian (2013-05-22). "ZZ Ward's App Uses Facebook to Plot When Fans Discovered Her Music". Mashable.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  21. ^ By. "Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: 'Grinnin' in Your Face,' ZZ Ward - Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  22. ^ Robbie Daw. "ZZ Ward’s "Everybody Wants To Be Famous": Record Store Day Song Premiere | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  23. ^ "ZZ Ward Record Store Day Release // Tour Dates | Listen". Earbuddy. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  24. ^ https://soundcloud.com/zzward/sets/zz-ward-remix-album
  25. ^ "See the World (feat. Asher Roth, Chuck Inglish & ZZ Ward) – Single by Blended Babies". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - RetroHash by Asher Roth". Itunes.apple.com. 1985-08-11. Retrieved 2014-03-25.