ZZ Ward, a versatile and boundary-pushing artist, is gearing up to make a splash with her highly awaited debut independent album, Dirty Shine. The album is set to be released on September 8 under her new record label, Dirty Shine Records. True to her innovative style, the album is poised to be a masterful blend of bold electronic elements, infectious hip-hop beats, soulful R&B melodies, and the raw, energetic essence of acoustic Delta blues. With her signature edgy flair, ZZ Ward is set to deliver a one-of-a-kind musical experience that promises to captivate and leave a lasting impression on her audience.
After several successful releases under major labels, Ward is now embracing a new chapter in her career as an independent artist. Dirty Shine represents a celebration of her creative freedom, unshackled from the constraints of the music industry. This exciting move empowers ZZ to chart her own musical course and offers fans a more intimate connection to her artistic vision.
In celebration of the album’s announcement, ZZ Ward has unveiled a captivating music video for her single “On One,” which features the talented artist, musician, and filmmaker Jean Deaux. The song is driven by energetic hip-hop grooves and carries a powerful message inspired by ZZ’s personal experiences as a new mother. The video is part of a series of mini-movies, co-created with her filmmaker brother Adam Ward, providing fans with visually stunning and immersive experiences. With this artistic collaboration, ZZ Ward aims to offer her audience not only exceptional music but also a visually rich and engaging journey through her creative vision.
ZZ Ward’s musical journey began at a young age, sparked by her father’s blues record collection that captivated her heart. During her teenage years, she discovered the natural connection between blues and hip-hop, leading her to delve into Eugene’s vibrant music scene. As an independent artist, she worked tirelessly, and her efforts paid off when she landed a deal with Hollywood Records. Her debut release made a significant impact in the industry, and her second album reached the top of the Billboard Blues chart, featuring collaborations with Grammy winners Fantastic Negrito and Gary Clark Jr.
Motherhood has added new dimensions to ZZ Ward’s life and artistry. Balancing her music career and being a mother requires determination and adaptability, but she embraces the challenge with grace and resilience. Supported by her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Evan Kidd Bogart, who also serves as her label partner and manager, Ward navigates this phase of her life with creative vigor and personal growth. With her musical talent and dedication, ZZ Ward continues to make her mark in the industry while embracing the joys and challenges of motherhood.
Dirty Shine is a collaborative affair, boasting an impressive lineup of award-winning producers and collaborators including Vic Mensa, Aloe Blacc, Ludwig Goransson, Mike Elizondo, Jason Evigan, Dave Bassett, S1 and the duo Mark Jackson and Ian Scott.
Dirty Shine Track List:
1 | Welcome to Dirty Shine
2 | Ride or Die (feat. Vic Mensa)
3 | Fadeaway
4 | On One (feat. Jean Deaux)
5 | Slow Hum Hymnal
6 | Dead or Alive
7 | Forget About Us
8 | Friends Like These
9 | Baby Don’t
10 | North Bank Blues
11 | OverdoZZe
12 | Cut Me Loose
13 | Tin Cups (feat. Aloe Blacc)
14 | Don’t Let Me Down
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