ZZ Ward, the genre-defying artist celebrated for her distinctive fusion of blues, hip-hop, pop, R&B, neo-soul, and rock, has exciting news to share with fans worldwide. Set to embark on a new chapter of her illustrious career, ZZ Ward proudly announces the release of her upcoming album, Dirty Shine, marking her debut as an independent artist. The album is scheduled to hit the airwaves on September 8th, under her very own label, Dirty Shine Records.
Dirty Shine is a captivating 11-song masterpiece, presenting an intoxicating blend of bold electronic textures, rugged hip-hop beats, fierce rhymes, and irresistible pop hooks. Infused with acoustic Delta blues riffs, soulful R&B melodies, and the mesmerizing allure of juke joint harmonica, the album epitomizes ZZ’s artistic evolution, embracing her newfound role as a mother and liberating herself from the confines of major record labels.
This album reflects her creative emancipation, drawing strength and inspiration from the experience of motherhood.
To celebrate this momentous announcement, ZZ Ward has unveiled the music video for the album’s latest single, “On One”. Collaborating with the talented artist, musician, and filmmaker, Jean Deaux, the single exudes empowering messages inspired by the transformative journey of becoming a parent. “People may perceive motherhood as a weakness, but this song is a testament to how it has emboldened me”, ZZ reveals.
Experiencing a surge of creative inspiration, ZZ has joined forces with her filmmaker brother, Adam Ward (known for his work on “Parole Officers” and “Bad Advice”), to produce captivating mini-movies that accompany her songs. These high-concept, action-packed cinematic fantasies blur the boundaries between music and film, offering a unique and immersive experience to her audience.
The music video for “On One”, the second part of the thrilling mini-movie series that began with “Forget About Us”, delivers a gripping Zombie-Western love story. Filled with captivating choreography, stunning visuals, and awe-inspiring makeup and visual effects by renowned artist Jay Q, the video is a true testament to ZZ Ward‘s creative vision and artistic prowess.
As ZZ Ward forges ahead with her latest album Dirty Shine, fans can anticipate a mesmerizing journey through a musical landscape that showcases her growth, courage, and renewed artistic freedom. Mark your calendars for September 8th as ZZ Ward unveils her powerful and genre-defying album that is sure to captivate audiences worldwide.