ZZ Ward is an up-and-coming singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose music is a raw, powerful blend of hip-hop and the blues.

Ward grew up in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, where she split her time between listening to her father’s blues collection and her brother’s hip-hop records. The two sounds would later fuse into her signature style. At age 12, Ward began singing in her father’s blues band, and by 16 she was playing gigs in Eugene with local R&B and hip-hop groups.

Ward moved to Los Angeles after high school with hopes of breaking into the West Coast music business. Her unique sound and many talents soon landed her a contract with Boardwalk Entertainment and Hollywood Records. In 2012, she released a mixtape, Eleven Roses, consisting of Ward’s interpretations of contemporary tracks by other artists. Her first EP, Criminal, dropped later that year, and was followed by the successful full album, Til the Casket Drops. Two singles from that album, “Last Love Song,” and “365 Days” reached Top 30 in Adult Alternative charts, and “Put the Gun Down,” placed at number 39 on Alternative Rock charts.

Ward’s four-song EP Love and War (2015) was intended as the prelude to a full album called This Means War, which never appeared. Instead, Ward released 2017’s The Storm, which had two successful singles “The Deep,” and “Help Me, Mama.” Ward performs regularly at concerts and music festivals, and is often booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.