December 9, 2013
Straight from the pages of the new issue of RAGGED, we’re thrilled to give you an exclusive excerpt from our featured story with ZZ Ward! Be sure to grab the full issue download (for free!) for the rest of the article and more photos with the band. (Full issue download here!)
Zsuzsanna Ward (better known as “ZZ”) was born with a bluesy voice as memorable as her given name. Though the blues-rock and R & B singer-songwriter currently resides in Los Angeles, she grew up in the “Timber Capital of the Nation”—Roseburg, Oregon—and there, she cut her teeth singing hooks for local hip-hop groups and would drive for miles down logging roads. Even before her stint as a backup singer, she would lend her inimitable pipes for performances at local dive bars for her father’s blues-rock band.
The 27-year-old artist with a voice that can make the hair on your neck stand up released her debut album Til the Casket Drops last fall. The promising record featured rising rappers Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs and melded R & B and hip-hop beats with rock and pop music aplomb. Since the album dropped, Ward has been keeping busy on tour, which she’ll continue to do throughout festival season in the US. During a break from her busy schedule promoting Til the Casket Drops’ latest single, the romance-weary closing track “365 Days,” Ward dished the goods on failed relationships, musical inspiration, the joys of thrift shopping and her keen fashion sense.