New Release: ZZ Ward – ‘Til The Casket Drops’

 

LA based and Oregon bred bluesy singer/songwriter ZZ Ward today dropped her new album, Til The Casket Drops, which features a mouthwatering stable of collaborators. Production from Ryan Tedder, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Fitz (Fitz and the and Tantrums), amongst others, make this a diverse and highly palatable project. And that voice coming out of that little lady – what?!

Blend in blues with a little rap, why not? Some of the feature guests include Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs who handle all that quite splendidly.

In case you missed it last time, watch the video for the first single, “Put The Gun Down,” after the jump and then fill out the widget below to download it for free!

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Tour dates + “Put The Gun Down” video after the jump

Now Accepting October Next Step Entries

 

The time is here and now for October Next Step contest submissions! Lehdoet.

Next Step winners in 2012 have included: Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, Dezaray Dawn for April, Jaidene Veda for May, The Broken Orchestra for June, and Sean Haefeli for July!

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Wednesday, October 31. That said, we are now open for October 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

Video: ZZ Ward – “Put The Gun Down” + Tour Dates

 

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Sassy Oregon vocalist ZZ Ward has caught the attention of some incredible collaborators, including Ryan Tedder, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Freddie Gibbs. The siren today released the video for “Put The Gun Down” with hard hitting zeal closely reminiscent of Adele and Christina Aguilera. Perfectly fine with us. The track comes from her recent Criminal EP.

Tour Dates
7/18 - Seattle, WA – Woodland Park Zoo
7/19 - Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo
7/20 - Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
7/21 - Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

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New Track: K’Naan – “Nothing To Lose” ft. Nas

 

On January 24th K’Naan will be releasing his More Beautiful Than Silence. Look out for appearances from Nelly Furtado and Nas as well as production by Ryan Tedder and Chuck Harmony. Above, find the first single from the project, “Nothing to Lose” featuring Nas.

K’Naan speaks on his upcoming EP:

I spent the last year living my life, observing other lives, changing, evolving, then breaking down to the basics. I’ve been good and ugly, sometimes couldn’t tell which was which. I felt the oldest pain in the world for the first time, and found myself lost. All the while, through all the changes the only thing which remained consistent was being in the studio. I sometimes took a matter seriously, and when I realized that the matter was me, I laughed hysterically. I wrote about 60 songs or so. Some of them will probably never be heard by ears other than mine, but some I am now ready to share.

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