To say ZZ Ward is unique is a bit of an understatement. Born in Pennsylvania but raised in Oregon, ZZ let her life experiences shape...

ZZ Ward, Singer - Songwriter

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To say ZZ Ward is unique is a bit of an understatement. Born in Pennsylvania but raised in Oregon, ZZ let her life experiences shape her musical style.

From a young age ZZ was surrounded by music, listening to and learning from the members of her father’s blues band. She started singing her own vocals at 12, and by 16, she was writing hooks for rappers for the Eugene, OR hip-hop scene.

You can hear both of those styles in her debut album, Til the Caskets Drop. Released in the fall of 2012 and produced by Evan “Kidd” Bogart for Hollywood Records, the album was met with praise from the critics. Rolling Stone called ZZ’s vocals “chill-inducing” and USA Today predicts big things for ZZ “ unapologetic blend of hip-hop, blues and pop paired with smoky vocals could make this singer a star.”

In addition to radio play, ZZ’s first single, Put the Gun Down has also been featured in a promotional campaign for ABC’s Pretty Little Liars and in the season two finale of MTV’s Awkward.
While critics and fans have multiple ways to describe ZZ’s sound, she calls it “dirty shine,” a mix of the bone-deep wail of he blues crossed with the big city gloss of cutting edge hip-hop. The singer-songwriter says a fan gave her a bumper sticker with those words. She tells AmoreMagazine.com, she plans to put it on her car.

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