ZZ Ward

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ZZ Ward
Birth nameZsuzsanna Eva Ward
Born (1986-06-02) June 2, 1986 (age 32)[1]
Abington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginRoseburg, Oregon, U.S.[2]
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • harmonica
Years active2012–present

Zsuzsanna Eva "ZZ" Ward (born June 2, 1986)[3] is an American musician, singer and songwriter. She is signed to Boardwalk Entertainment Group[4] and Hollywood Records, and managed by Triple 8 Management.[5]

Ward 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 on February 3, 2013,[6] staying there for 10 weeks, and also broke into the top 40 on the Billboard Alternative chart. On March 2, 2017, Ward released the single "The Deep" (featuring Joey Purp). Her second studio album, The Storm, was released on June 30, 2017, peaking at number 1 on the Billboard Blues Albums Chart in July 2017.

Early life[edit]

Ward was born in Abington, Pennsylvania,[1] before moving to Roseburg, Oregon, at the age of 6.[7] In Roseburg, she joined her first band, with her father, at the age of 12.[8] Ward recalled the first song she sang was "an Albert King track called 'As the Years Go Passing By'".[9]


Debut EP and Til the Casket Drops (2012–15)[edit]

After moving to Los Angeles and signing to E. Kidd Bogart's Boardwalk Entertainment Group, Ward began recording the Criminal EP, as well as Eleven Roses, a free mixtape on which she offered her interpretations of tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator.[10] For the recording of "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 on May 8, 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 on October 16, 2012.[11] It includes the singles "365 Days", "Put the Gun Down" and "Last Love Song", the song "Cryin' Wolf" with Kendrick Lamar, as well as appearances from Ryan Tedder, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Theron "Neff-U" Feemster and Fitz of Fitz and the Tantrums.[12] Ward performed the album's first single, "Put The Gun Down", on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan 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 Big Morning Buzz Live,[19] both on March 7, 2013; on the September 3, 2013 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno;[20] and on the January 30, 2014 episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In May 2013, Ward, in conjunction with her second single release, launched her 365 Days of ZZ Ward app.[21]

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 Son House,[22] and a previously unreleased song, "Everybody Wants to Be Famous".[23] The 7-inch cover features an image taken of Ward when she was 11 years-old.[24]

Notable live appearances in 2014 include Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival,[25] Bonnaroo Music Festival,[26] and a short tour with Eric Clapton.[27]

Second EP and The Storm (2015–present)[edit]

Ward's second EP, Love and War, featuring the single "LOVE 3X", was released on Hollywood Records on August 28, 2015.[3]

On March 2, 2017, Ward released the single "The Deep", featuring Chicago MC Joey Purp. The track is built around a sample of "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels, which is also sampled in "C.R.E.A.M." by Wu-Tang Clan. The song is about Ward's feelings of being trapped in a bad relationship.[28] The song's music video premiered on W magazine's website on March 9, 2017.[29] Also in 2017, Ward collaborated with Gary Clark Jr. on "Ride" from the soundtrack to the Pixar film Cars 3. Ward performed "Ride" on Dancing with the Stars on April 17, 2017.[30]

On February 11, 2017, Ward performed at the Americana Music Association's tribute concert to Loretta Lynn at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, performing a cover of "The Home You're Tearing Down".[31][32] She performed at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend festival in June 2017 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.[33]

Ward's second studio album, The Storm, was released on June 30, 2017 through Hollywood Records.[34] It peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart in July 2017,[35] at number 12 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart,[36] and at number 75 on the Billboard 200.[37] The music video for the single "Cannonball" (featuring Fantastic Negrito) was released in July 2017.[38]

On June 25, 2018, Ward was selected to perform the new opening song for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN. She covers Tom Petty's classic "Runnin Down a Dream". Many NASCAR personalities appear in the video.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Til the Casket Drops 72 31
The Storm
  • Release: June 30, 2017
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Formats: CD, digital download
75 12 1


List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Extended play details
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


As lead artist[edit]

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 Love and War
"The Deep" (featuring Joey Purp) 2017
"Help Me Mama" The Storm
"Cannonball" (featuring Fantastic Negrito)
"—" 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 non-album single
"Parties at the Disco"[41]
(Asher Roth featuring ZZ Ward)
2014 RetroHash

Guest appearances[edit]

Song Year Other artist(s) Album
"Breath of Me" 2015 Robben Ford Into the Sun
"Hold My Heart" 2016 Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough
"7 Digits"[42] 2017 Rich Gains, Freddie Gibbs, Nico Segal Gains

TV and film soundtrack appearances[edit]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Til the Casket Drops (Pretty Little Liars Version)"[49] 2012 Unknown
"Put the Gun Down" Alex Bulkley[50]
"Criminal" 2013 The Engine[51]
"365 Days (The Summer's Over)" Roman & Pedro[52]
"Last Love Song" 2014 Joseph Toman[53]
"Last Love Song (Pretty Little Liars Version)"[54] Unknown
"Love 3x" 2015 MIE[55]
"The Deep" 2017 Kyle Cogan[56][57]
"Help Me Mama"
"Ride" Declan Whitebloom[58]
"Cannonball" Kyle Cogan[59]

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. ^ a b Lesley McKenzie, "Decked Out: ZZ Ward's Onstage Style Evolution", The Hollywood Reporter, August 28, 2015.
  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. ^ https://triple8mgmt.com/portfolio/zzward/
  6. ^ "AAA Radio Songs: 2-3-13". The Top 22. February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Reyan Ali, "Blues artist ZZ Ward stops by the Social", Orlando Weekly, May 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "SXSW Report: ZZ Ward Interview". vevo.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  11. ^ "ZZ Ward Talks Instagram, Hip-Hop, and Attitude". beatdropping.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  12. ^ (04:02). "ZZ Ward – "Cryin' Wolf" (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)". Earmilk.Com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  13. ^ 9/19/12. ""ZZ Ward Performs 'Put The Gun Down'" by ZZ Ward | Show Performance". VH1.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  14. ^ Gundersen, Edna (November 1, 2012). "USA Today Story ZZ Ward on Jay Leno".
  15. ^ "ZZ Ward "Put the Gun Down" 01/10/13 – CONAN on TBS". YouTube. January 11, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  16. ^ Haller, Val (March 1, 2013). "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. February 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  18. ^ July 3, 2013. "ZZ Ward Performs '365 Days' on 'GMA' | Video – ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  19. ^ 3/7/13. ""ZZ Ward Performs '365 Days'" by ZZ Ward | Show Performance". VH1.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  20. ^ "Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | Episodes | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". NBC. September 3, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  21. ^ Anthony, Brian (May 22, 2013). "ZZ Ward's App Uses Facebook to Plot When Fans Discovered Her Music". Mashable.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  22. ^ "Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: 'Grinnin' in Your Face,' ZZ Ward – Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "ZZ Ward Record Store Day Release // Tour Dates | Listen". Earbuddy. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
  25. ^ Gerrick D. Kennedy, "Coachella 2014: Watch an exclusive acoustic performance by ZZ Ward", Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2014.
  26. ^ "The 2014 Lineup!". Bonnaroo. February 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  27. ^ "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.
  28. ^ Myles Tanzer, "ZZ Ward And Joey Purp Pull From A Classic For 'The Deep'", The Fader, March 2, 2017.
  29. ^ Katherine Cusumano, "Exclusive Music Video Premiere: ZZ Ward's 'The Deep' Is the First Look at Her Most Personal Record Yet", W, March 9, 2017.
  30. ^ "Cars 3 Soundtrack First Listen: ZZ Ward & Gary Clark Jr's Energetic Track, 'Ride' and Dancing With The Stars Performance", Pixar Post, April 14, 2017.
  31. ^ Randy Lewis, "Jack Ingram, Joe Henry, ZZ Ward join Americana Music Assn. salute to Loretta Lynn", Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2017.
  32. ^ Chris Willman, "Kesha Joins Americana Artists at Pre-Grammy Salute to Loretta Lynn", Billboard, February 12, 2017.
  33. ^ Alex Young, "Coachella organizers launch new two-day festival called Arroyo Seco Weekend", Consequence of Sound, March 14, 2017.
  34. ^ Frederick, Brittany (April 20, 2017). "ZZ Ward's summer tour includes Denver's Bluebird and LA's Roxy". AXS. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  35. ^ "Blues Music: Top Blues Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  36. ^ "Rock Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  37. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  38. ^ Kaitlin Reilly, "Video Premiere For ZZ Ward's 'Cannonball'," Refinery29, July 6, 2017.
  39. ^ "ZZ Ward – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  40. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015.
  41. ^ "iTunes – Music – RetroHash by Asher Roth". Itunes.apple.com. August 11, 1985. Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  42. ^ "Rich Gains - 7 Digits Feat. Freddie Gibbs, ZZ Ward & Nico Segal". hotnewhiphop. April 28, 2017. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  43. ^ "OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO: ZZ Ward "Til the Casket Drops"". youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  44. ^ "The Good Wife Season 5 Promo". YouTube. August 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-12. Saving Hope Season 1 Episode 1 (Pilot)
  45. ^ "ZZ Ward". Pollstar. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  46. ^ "We're the Millers (2013) : Soundtracks". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  47. ^ "ZZ Ward – Last Love Song (from ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars")". YouTube. April 24, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  48. ^ "Veronica Mars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: CDs & Vinyl". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  49. ^ "ZZ Ward – Til the Casket Drops (Pretty Little Liars)". YouTube. May 23, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  50. ^ "Put the Gun Down – ZZ Ward". Vevo. July 17, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  51. ^ "Criminal (Live in Studio with Freddie Gibbs) – ZZ Ward". Vevo. October 18, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  52. ^ "365 Days (The Summer's Over) – ZZ Ward". Vevo. August 2, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  53. ^ "ZZ Ward – Last Love Song (Official Video)". YouTube. April 25, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  54. ^ "ZZ Ward – Last Love Song (Pretty Little Liars)". YouTube. April 24, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  55. ^ "Love 3x – ZZ Ward". Vevo. June 5, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  56. ^ "The Deep – ZZ Ward". Vevo. March 10, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  57. ^ "Help Me Mama – ZZ Ward". Vevo. May 18, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  58. ^ "Ride – ZZ Ward". Vevo. June 16, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  59. ^ "Cannonball – ZZ Ward". Vevo. July 6, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.

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