Ralphie Report: Rozzi Crane and ZZ Ward — these ladies mean business
Could you imagine hanging out at a Cinco de Mayo party with friends, sipping on a beverage and then checking your phone and finding out that you have an email from Adam Levine?
Rozzi Crane doesn’t have to “imagine” that scenario because it happened to her in real life.
“I was like, ‘I gotta go!’” Crane recalled telling her friends at the party during a chat on “Ralphie Tonight.” “I didn’t tell anyone (about the email) for like, six months.”
Crane waited until the paperwork was signed before informing everyone that she was in fact, the first signee to Adam Levine’s 222 Recordings, an imprint on Maroon 5’s home label of Interscope Records.
The 24 year-old attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and met a mutual friend of Levine’s in a songwriting class. They started working on music with another mutual friend who was managed by Maroon 5’s manager. That is who sent “The Voice” coach a YouTube link of Crane performing.
For all intents and purposes, Levine “turned his chair around” and signed the USC alumna. Crane is promoting and touring behind her EP, Space, which features the single “Psycho.” No the song is not about an ex, but rather those who perhaps think you’re a little crazy for attempting to achieve your dreams.
And if your dream is to one day receive an email from Adam Levine, then maybe this is the song for you.
Unlike other artists looking to release their sophomore albums on a major label, the one thing singer ZZ Ward doesn’t have to worry about is if the LP will actually see the light of day. This Means War already has a street date of Sept. 18 and is available for pre-order now, a lengthy three-and-a-half months ahead of the album release.
“If I was a fan, that’d make me feel good,” Ward told “Ralphie Tonight” of the advance. “I’d be like, ‘Yes! I have it on lock. Like I know I’m getting it as soon as it comes out.’”
The pre-sale was announced in conjunction with a headlining tour and the release of a new single.
“’Love 3X’ is kind of about the ups-and-downs and the good and the bad and all of the imperfections that make your relationship the perfect mess that it is,” described Ward of the track.
The Oregon native, who has lived in Los Angeles for the past five years pursuing her music career, wrote the song herself. That also comes as a surprise, as her manager is a Gammy Award winning songwriter with a number of big radio hits to his credit. Despite this, Evan Bogart only contributed one track to the artist’s debut effort. Ward says that they wrote together “a lot” this second time around, but that she enjoys the creative and collaborative freedom afforded to her by Bogart.
“(Evan) has the ability to really guide you as a writer in the sense that, he doesn’t have to be like writing on everything or be up in all the videos,” Ward explained. “He can kind of let you do your thing, and so that’s been really great working with Evan.”