ZZ Ward Readies Full-length DEBUT ALBUM “TIL THE CASKET DROPS” Due October 16

ZZWards recently releasedCriminalEPis laying the groundwork for her debut full-length dueOctober 16 on Boardwalk/Hollywood Records, and the unanimous praise keeps rolling in. Ward burst onto the scene earlier this year with an eclectic mixtape,Eleven Roses,boldly reinterpreting some of her favorite hip-hop tracks. Making no apologies for straddling two distinct genres, Wardset the tone for her unique artistry and the reaction was immediate, Newcomer ZZ Ward is equal parts throwback blues wailer, steely hip-hop crooner and razor-sharp pop belter,PureVolumeraved, whileEsquirepegged Ward as a 2012 Artist to Watch, because I dont know of any other blues singer bold enough to belt over the beat of Tyler the Creators Yonkers..

In March, Ward made her live debut at this years SxSW music convention where she wowed the audiences, landed a coveted segment on NBCs Last Call with Carson Daly and prompted NPR to call her a star. With the momentum of her SxSW performances, Ward further honed her chops hitting the road with Allen Stone followed by a stint with Fitz and the Tantrums as well as dates with labelmates Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Live, Wards gritty blues-soaked, hip-hop inspired repertoire explodes as her dynamic vocals captivate with a force.

Til The Casket Drops, features a staggering array of collaborators including Ryan Tedder, Kendrick Lamar, Ludwig Goransson, Pete Rock, Theron Neff-U Feemster, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest), Blended Babies and Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums) and takes the listener through a myriad of emotions, some heartbreaking (Last Love Song), some provocative (Charlie Aint Home) but always with a sense of confidence.I decided to call my albumTil The Casket Drops, notes Ward. Not only was it the first song I wrote for this record but it really captures the whole story in one song. This album is about the ups and downs of relationships, theyre not always perfect and sometimes you have to fight for great love.

Til The Casket Dropswas recently hand-picked as the song featured in the bed of the official trailer for ABC Familys runaway hit, Pretty Little Liars, and resulted in a fan-favorite music video tailored to the series.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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