ZZ Ward

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ZZ Ward
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Ward live at Shakey Knees Festival 2015 in Atlanta, GA
Background information
Birth name Zsuzsanna Eva Ward
Born (1986-06-02) June 2, 1986 (age 30)[1]
Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
Origin Roseburg, Oregon, United States[2]
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • harmonica
Years active 2007–present
  • Boardwalk (2009–present)
  • Hollywood (2011–present)

ZZ Ward (born Zsuzsanna Eva Ward,[3] June 2, 1986) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. She is signed to Boardwalk Entertainment Group[4] and Hollywood Records. 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. Notable live appearances include sets at 2014's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival,[6] Bonnaroo Music Festival,[7] and a short tour with Eric Clapton.[8]


Ward was born in Abington, Pennsylvania.[1] Ward lived in Abington as a child before moving to Roseburg, Oregon,[9] 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'".[10] 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,[11] Ryan Tedder, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Theron "Neff-U" Feemster and Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums.[12] 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.[13] 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", "Put the Gun Down", "Move Like U Stole It", and "Criminal" (feat. Freddie Gibbs). Ward's debut album, Til the Casket Drops, was released October 16, 2012.[14]

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,[15] The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on November 1, 2012[16] and Conan on January 10, 2013.[17] 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"[18] and she was named one of Fuse TV's 30 must-see artists at SXSW.[19]

Ward performed her second single, "365 Days", on Good Morning America[20] and VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live,[21] 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."[22]

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[23] and a previously unreleased song "Everybody Wants To Be Famous."[24] The 7-inch cover features an image taken of Ward when she was just 11 years old.[25]

She performed "365 Days" on the September 3, 2013 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,[26] and on the January 30, 2014 episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Songs in TV and film[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Til the Casket Drops 72 31
This Means War[35][36]
  • Release: Fall 2016
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Love and War
  • Release: August 28, 2015
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Details
Eleven Roses
  • Release date: February 1, 2012
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Put the Gun Down" 2012 39 Til the Casket Drops
"Criminal" (featuring Freddie Gibbs) 2013
"365 Days" 28
"Last Love Song" 2014 30 19
"Love 3x" 2015 5 This Means War
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

As featured artist[edit]

Song Year Album
"See the World"
(Blended Babies featuring Asher Roth, Chuck Inglish and ZZ Ward)
2013 N/A
"Parties at the Disco"[37]
(Asher Roth featuring ZZ Ward)
2014 RetroHash
"Breath of Me"
(Robben Ford featuring ZZ Ward)
2015 Into the Sun
"Hold My Heart"
(Lindsey Stirling featuring ZZ Ward)
2016 Brave Enough

See also[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. September 26, 2011. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  5. ^ "AAA Radio Songs: 2-3-13". The Top 22. February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  6. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  7. ^ "The 2014 Lineup!". Bonnaroo. February 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  8. ^ "ZZ WARD RELEASES TWO VERSIONS OF "LAST LOVE SONG" VIDEO TODAY ABC Family to release 'Pretty Little Liars' version Billboard.com to premiere official video". Clizbeats.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  9. ^ Meet ZZ Ward – 'Backporch Blues Meets Hip Hop' says: (October 21, 2012). "Editor's Pick: ZZ Ward Exclusive Video". The Top 22. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  10. ^ "How ZZ Ward Went From Playing in Bars Underage to a Kendrick Lamar Collabo – Fuse Q&A – Fuse". Fuse.tv. May 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  11. ^ (04:02). "ZZ Ward – "Cryin' Wolf" (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)". Earmilk.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  12. ^ "Embracing Artistry, Moving on from Mixtapes and EPs to Crafting a Dazzling Debut Album". buzzine.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  13. ^ "SXSW Report: ZZ Ward Interview". vevo.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  14. ^ "ZZ Ward Talks Instagram, Hip-Hop, and Attitude". beatdropping.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  15. ^ 9/19/12. ""ZZ Ward Performs 'Put The Gun Down'" by ZZ Ward | Show Performance". VH1.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  16. ^ Gundersen, Edna (November 1, 2012). "USA Today Story ZZ Ward on Jay Leno". 
  17. ^ "ZZ Ward "Put the Gun Down" 01/10/13 – CONAN on TBS". YouTube. January 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  18. ^ Haller, Val (March 1, 2013). "If You Like Rickie Lee Jones, Try ZZ Ward". The New York Times. 
  19. ^ "30 Must-See Acts at SXSW 2013 – Photos – South by Southwest – Festivals – Fuse". Fuse.tv. February 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  20. ^ July 3, 2013. "ZZ Ward Performs '365 Days' on 'GMA' | Video – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  21. ^ 3/7/13. ""ZZ Ward Performs '365 Days'" by ZZ Ward | Show Performance". VH1.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  22. ^ Anthony, Brian (May 22, 2013). "ZZ Ward's App Uses Facebook to Plot When Fans Discovered Her Music". Mashable.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  23. ^ "Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: 'Grinnin' in Your Face,' ZZ Ward – Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "ZZ Ward Record Store Day Release // Tour Dates | Listen". Earbuddy. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  26. ^ "Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | Episodes | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". NBC. September 3, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  27. ^ "ZZ Ward – Last Love Song (from ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars")". YouTube. April 24, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  28. ^ "OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: ZZ Ward "Til the Casket Drops"". youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  29. ^ "The Good Wife Season 5 Promo". YouTube. August 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-12.  Saving Hope Season 1 Episode 1 (Pilot)
  30. ^ "Veronica Mars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: CDs & Vinyl". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  31. ^ "ZZ Ward". Pollstar. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  32. ^ "We're the Millers (2013) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  33. ^ "ZZ Ward – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  34. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015. 
  35. ^ "ZZ Ward Announces New Single "LOVE 3X"". Guitar World. May 19, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  36. ^ "'This Means War' - ZZ Ward". iTunes. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  37. ^ "iTunes – Music – RetroHash by Asher Roth". Itunes.apple.com. August 11, 1985. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 

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