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In the second decade of the 21st century, it's surprising that an artist this polished and professional didn’t arrive via a music-related reality show. Instead, Zsuzsanna Eva Ward—a.k.a. ZZ Ward—grew up in the Pacific Northwest, spending rainy days indoors with her father’s blues albums and her brother’s hip-hop collections. She started singing in her dad’s blues band at age 12 before joining various hip-hop acts in her teenage years. Jump to 2012, and she's released a debut album that solidly reflects her musical upbringing. The opening title track on Til the Casket Drops pulses with a seductive and gritty urban rhythm; Ward sings like a tougher Fiona Apple over a flowing blend of rootsy string arrangements set to a tight mix of heavy beats. “Put the Gun Down” is equally dramatic but noticeably more blues-inspired, save for the earworm chorus in which Ward’s powerful voice comes with barbed pop hooks. “Blue Eyes Blind” is sung so soulfully that during the more intense moments it’s hard not to imagine a young Amy Winehouse.

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I love all her songs, she has an amazing voice, and I'm hoping that we'll see more of her!!!

My new favorite!

This album is amazing! She's got so much soul, and a real perspective on what real music is all about!

Very Cool!

Love It!!! This girl is going to go far! Can't wait for more great music from her!


Born: Abington, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Born Zsuzsanna Eva Ward in Abington, Pennsylvania, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, and harmonica) ZZ Ward spent her childhood in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, splitting her listening time between her father's blues collection and her brother's hip-hop records, a blend that would be a big part of her later sound and style. She was singing in her father's blues band by the time she was 12, and by 16 she was singing with hip-hop acts in Eugene. Moving to L.A. and...
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