Sultry Songstress ZZ Ward Releases Criminal EP on iTunes

ZZ Ward keeps making noise and this time it’s with her Criminal EP, out now and officially available on iTunes. She was quick to share the good news with her fans, saying, “Because of all the love I decided I couldn’t wait to give you some back! The Criminal EP is available now!”

Ward has finally emerged from the studio after many hours honing this EP and forthcoming LP, where she was joined by a jaw-dropping 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). The four songs on Criminal paint a vivid picture of Ward’s unique approach to her self-proclaimed “dirty blues with beats” artistry. Her sultry vocal is accompanied by the husky growl of Freddie Gibbson the title track, while the gritty blues-soaked, hip-hop inspired “Move Like U Stole It” erupts from under her unmistakable belt and an infectious shuffle. “Put The Gun Down” will have you racing toward your porch to match the stomp, while “Til The Casket Drops” drips with raw emotion. “The first time we heard her smoky rasp, she was belting over the beat of Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Yonkers’ on her own mixtape. [“Criminal”] swelters a little more slowly, but it’s no less ballsy: Her wailing runs over rapper Freddie Gibbs’ cameo damn near make this NSFW,” declared Esquire.

This budding songstress is currently on tour with the soulful Allen Stone and will join Fitz and the Tantrums in June for a string of dates. Her debut LP is due September 18 on Boardwalk/Hollywood Records.


 

ZZ WARD WITH ALLEN STONE

May 9
Danbury, Conn.
Heirloom Arts Theatre
May 10
Rochester, N.Y.
Water Street Music Hall
May 11
Toronto, ON
The Mod Club
May 13
Greensboro, N.C.
Greene Street Club
May 15
Jacksonville, Fla.
Jack Rabbits
May 16
Tampa, Fla.
The Orpheum
May 17
Orlando, Fla.
The Social
May 19
Houston, Texas
House of Blues/Bronze Peacock
May 20
Dallas, Texas
House of Blues/Cambridge Room
ZZ WARD WITH FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS 
June 9
Charleston, N.C.
The Music Farm
June 10
Raleigh, N.C.
Lincoln Theatre
June 13
New York, N.Y.
Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) *
June 14
Buffalo, N.Y.
Buffalo Place Rocks The Harbor
June 15
Columbus, Ohio
LC Pavilion
June 16
Chicago, Ill.
Schubas *
June 25
Los Angeles, Calif.
Bardot *
* headline shows w/o Fitz