Interview: ZZ Ward Is Winning the Battles and the 'War'
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:15:11
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The singer is about to release This Means War and she is winning the battle when it comes to love!
ZZ Ward is an old soul. At least that's what her voice tells us on her new album This Means War [9/18, Hollywood Records], a passionate collection of soulful pop songs. We grabbed some time with the vocal vixen, who gave us the inside scoop about This Means War. Is she winning the battle? The war? Find out by reading further.
Do you get a lot of ZZ Top comments while growing up with your name? Sorry, I had to ask... I know am perpetrating the annoyance, if it is indeed an annoyance. But I was like, "People have to ask her about that, don't they? How does she deal with what has to be a repeat question?"
ZZ Ward: I have a funny story I can tell you about. Sometimes people are like, 'Did you get your name from ZZ Top?' I don't care when they ask. My real name is 'Zsuzsanna' and no one can say it right. So yes, they ask, 'Did you get it from ZZ Top?' I have two Zs in my name. Someone is constantly talking about my name.
I was interviewed live on the radio one time. Right before I went on, I was sitting and this woman says, 'When I introduce you, I won't say ZZ Top.' I laughed, like 'Why would you say that anyway? I'm ZZ Ward.' She announced me as ZZ Top! Live on the radio.
OMG! Like a Freudian slip. How did you react or bounce back on that one?
It was 'One two three...' and I played my song. Was I supposed to correct her? Probably not. [Laughs]. It happens
This Means War is such a strong, aggressive title. Who is ZZ Ward at war with? And is she winning the battle, the war, or both?
For me, love is a battlefield in 2015. I had to figure out where I was in my life and what I wanted to write about, and to express what I was going through. The album came out of that. I had gotten into a relationship. You find a great relationship and you think you want to be in it forever. You have to fight for that great love and fight the war to keep it together. I want to have my own career and be a strong, successful female.
But there is the traditional way of thinking, about settling down, having kids. So I had some doubts in my head that I would raise... is this the right path for me? I can't be your miracle. You have to be your miracle. 'Rescue' is about loving someone more than you love yourself. There are a lot of different themes... since if it was the same story every song, I'd be quite bored.
Hear the song "Lonely" from ZZ Ward: