ZZ Ward, the edgy, blues-inspired artist known for her unique blend of hip-hop, pop, R&B, neo-soul, and rock, has announced Dirty Shine, her first album as an independent artist, slated for release on September 8th via her own Dirty Shine Records.

Expect a cinematic 11-song album, spilling over with an intoxicating cocktail of bold electronic textures, rugged hip-hop beats, fierce rhymes and pop hooks, acoustic Delta blues riffs, sensual R&B singing, and juke joint harmonica; Dirty Shine represents a new chapter in ZZ’s career, as she embraces life as a new mother and removes the constraints of the major label system. The album embodies the creative freedom she now enjoys and draws on the strength and determination she’s found through motherhood.

ZZ Ward on motherhood and her new single:

“People think being a mother makes you weak, but this song is about how it’s emboldened me.”

To celebrate the announcement, ZZ has released a music video for the album’s latest single, “On One.” Featuring artist, musician, and filmmaker Jean Deaux; the single boasts driving hip-hop grooves and an empowering message inspired by being a new parent.

Listen to the album’s latest single, “On One,” and pre-order Dirty Shine HERE.

ZZ Ward ‘Dirty Shine’ album artwork
ZZ Ward ‘Dirty Shine’ album artwork



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