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“Put The Gun Down”!: Why ZZ Ward Is An Acclaimed Artist To Watch

ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward

Indie Artist Spotlight stand out turned Hollywood Records Signee ZZ Ward has been building a tone of buzz off of her Criminal EP  that was released this past May, and all signs point to her having a promising career as an emerging singer song writer.  Prior to some early buzz provided by Clizbeats’ Indie Artist Spotlight, ZZ Ward began turning heads in the industry through her free mixtape, Eleven Roses. On Eleven Roses she provided  her own memorable interpretations of recent tracks by Freddie Gibbs, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator.  In addition to Clizbeats, this creativity turned the heads of other reputable publications like Esquire, Marie Claire,  and The San Francisco Bay Guardian. All of us agreed that ZZ Ward has what  Marie Claire described as, a “palpable heartbreak in her voice [that] will raise goose bumps down your spine.’”

After Critical acclaim was more than taken care of, ZZ and her Disney owned label Hollywood Records decided to release her first EP, Criminal on May 8th.  In true Disney promotional form, it didn’t take long until her and her new EP began to get a first taste of the media mainstream.    By May 21st   her EP’s lead single “Till The Casket Drops” began being used as a featured song to help promote the current season of ABC Family’s teen drama Pretty Little Liars. To Follow that up, this past Tuesday saw the release of a full length music video for the EP’s second single “Put The Gun Down”, which is racking up views steadily.

In a lot of ways, wether she’s ready for it or not, ZZ Ward is quickly developing into one of the most watched new artists of the year.  On her full length debut album, ZZ Ward has been reported to have worked with Onerepublic frontman and producer extraordinaire Ryan Tedder, DJ Premiere, Kendrick Lamar, and more.  Based on what we’ve heard thus far, we’re betting that the final pruduct is going to be full of quality material.

Keep checking back with us for the developing details of ZZ Ward’s yet to be named album which is currently set for release sometime within this year.  Also, we are proud to say that Clizbeats has nabbed an interview with ZZ Ward that is full of exclusive insights that fans will hopefully love.  Until we’re ready to release what we think is going to be a cool ZZ Ward audio documentary feature, you’ll have to tide yourself over with some music videos.  Below is the brand new  music video for “Put The Gun Down”, as well as a few fun extras that we found for your enjoyment.

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“Put The Gun Down”

From: Criminal

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“Till The Casket Drops” (ABC Family Music Video)

From: Criminal

Hollywood Records

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“Overdue” (Expicit)

From: Eleven Roses

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Last Love Song (Acoustic)

From: Eleven Roses

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“Better Off Dead”

From: Eleven Roses