In ZZ Ward’s fan community the phrase “dirty shine” means being your authentic self; imperfections and vulnerabilities all included. Recently, “dirty shine” became something of a mission statement for the alternative, blues and hip-hop-blending artist, as ZZ welcomed a creative and career rebirth as an independent artist. Now, no longer tied to the major label machine, the LA-based singer-songwriter is beaming down her fullest artistic expression with the aptly-titled new album, Dirty Shine, releasing September 8th (Dirty Shine Records).
The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and now video director, record label owner, milliner, and new mom is enjoying an outpouring of creativity. ZZ is making ambitious mini-movies for her songs with her filmmaker brother, Adam Ward (Parole Officers, Bad Advice), living out her high-concept, action-packed, and ultra-chic cinematic fantasies. She is hand-making versions of her signature fedoras available for purchase via her website. Removing the big corporation has also put ZZ closer to her fans and her family. Every morning ZZ chats with her community directly. Being ZZ Ward has also become a family affair; besides ZZ’s collaborations with her brother, her label and her management is a partnership with her longtime collaborator and husband, GRAMMY-winning songwriter Evan Kidd Bogart. Adding to the sweetness of this time is the fact that ZZ and her husband have just welcomed their firstborn.