Asia Ward’s rendition of SZA’s “Kill Bill” is a tantalizing love letter, wrapped in sultry R&B tones. The choice to release it on Friday the 13th adds a poetic touch to its dark undertones. This version not only showcases Ward’s distinctive vocal stylings but also embraces intimate bedroom production, creating an experience that feels personal and authentic. Ward, the multifaceted artist behind this evocative rendition, is not only the singer but also the songwriter and producer. Influenced by the likes of Lizzy McAlpine, SZA, Lianne La Havas, and Hailey Knox, her music resonates with a blend of emotional depth and musical prowess.
Having graced the stage at Sofar Sounds Chicago, Ward has proven her ability to captivate audiences with her raw and soulful performances. Her music transcends the confines of a recording, drawing listeners into a world where emotions flow freely. One notable turning point in Ward’s journey was a weekend in NYC, hosted by Tayla Parx, which gathered established singers, producers, and songwriters. This experience provided a transformative platform for indie artists like Ward.
The recording of this cover took place in Ward’s very own Chicago bedroom, a testament to the intimate nature of the production. Collaborating with London-based producer Luke Moseley, Ward infused her own artistry into every note, resulting in a rendition that is uniquely her own. As Ward continues to make her mark, she has an original single, “heartstrings (voice memo),” set for release on November 17th, offering a glimpse into her forthcoming EP in 2024. With each release, Ward unveils a piece of her soul, inviting listeners to join her on a journey of introspection and musical discovery.