‘The Four’ Star Zhavia Ward Reportedly Inks Million-Dollar Deal With Columbia Records
Zhavia Ward has officially joined the Columbia Records family, according to TMZ.
The 17-year-old singer, who astonished viewers as a contestant on the inaugural season of Fox's singing competition show, The Four: Battle for Stardom, has reportedly signed a multi-million dollar recording deal with the music company.
During her tenure on the show's first season, Ward rose as a fan favorite for her bohemian attire and show-stopping vocal chops. Particularly, it was her rendition of Khalid's "Location" in her entry that jumpstarted her fanbase.
In a shocking turn of events, Ward had been dethroned after she was outperformed by Kendyle Paige during an all-or-nothing standoff. Due to fans' outcry over the elimination, however, she became one of four other players invited back for a second chance to compete.
Although she fought hard enough to become a finalist in the tournament the champion title was ultimately given to her fellow contender, Evvie McKinney.
Despite the defeat, the young performer's efforts on the hit series were not in vain.
TMZ notifies that denoted in Ward's contract, procured first by the outlet, is a $700K advance on her first record in addition to 18 percent in royalties. Also, given the commercial success of her debut, the soloist could potentially receive a bonus $750K for her second LP and a collective $200K for her third and fourth albums.
As previously reported, mere moments before closing its season one finale, it was announced that The Four was renewed for a second turn, airing this summer.
The Four Season 2 will premiere June 7, 2018.