JJ Wilde has made waves globally over the last year. Her debut album Ruthless released in June chronicles the fast-rising career of one of rock’s most exciting new voices. The Canadian native of Kitchener, Ontario, Wilde
has gone from a fan-favourite underdog, touring alongside The Struts, Incubus, The Blue Stones, and The Glorious Sons, to a recent chart-topper. With her debut single “The Rush” Wilde made history as the first
female artist to simultaneously hit #1 on all three Mediabase rock radio charts in Canada, ultimately holding the coveted triple-#1 for an incredible 8 weeks, only one week shy of the all-time record.
“This album has felt like a long time coming, and no time at all,” says Wilde of Ruthless. “Most of the inspiration for the album came from an apartment I lived in two years before I started this journey. I was in a dark place
and was very unsure of where my life was going. Almost 4 years later, with countless shows, tours, travelling, writing sessions, I now feel like this album is the complete first draft of an inside look into my world. My journey to get here, relationships beginning and ending, friendships, jobs, you name it. It been a wild ride, and I’m excited to finally be able to share it.”
Ruthless is full of fan and critical favourites, including the devastating ballad “Funeral For A Lover” (“profoundly moving” – American Songwriter), the soaring “State of Mind” (“soul-stirring anthem” – Ones to Watch), and the groovy “Cold Shoulder” (for fans of [The] Struts, Amy Winehouse and YONAKA … kicking ass and taking names” – Alt Press). Ruthless also features the aforementioned hit “The Rush,” which shared the top ten with modern
rock legends like The Killers, The Black Keys, and Billy Talent.
COVID-19 came at a pivotal moment for Wilde. With over 50 tour dates globally playing alongside the likes of Rival Sons and Jimmy Eat World, and festival confirmations including SXSW, Download, Firefly, Nova Rock and
Bottle Rock Festivals cancelled, she has shifted focus to new music and connecting with her burgeoning audience online, including regular a “Coffee and a Cover” series and successful “Live from Isolation” performances.
Taking no breaks, the new single “Best Boy” is a cheeky, empowering anthem that expands upon the attitude, sonic landscape and themes found across her catalogue to date, continuing to cement her place as one of the
most important, emergent voices in rock.