The multi-instrumentalist (voice/guitar/piano/bass/trumpet/drums) has been performing from an early age:
“When I was 12 I was given a unique opportunity to play ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ on trumpet in a US school. Over 1000 students began stomping their feet on the gymnasium floor in time with me. My career was born.”
September 2011 sees Ward launch his long-awaited debut recording So Long. The early response to Ward’s self-recorded album has been enthusiastic - the original demo of “Plasticine Eyes’ was played on ABC radio during a live-to-air interview, while the freshly released album has been selling fast via digital channels to increasing numbers of fans in the US, UK, Germany and New Zealand. So Long was mixed by Joel Tipping, and features Ward playing guitar, bass, percussion and trumpet, with drums played by Robert Callea.
The carefully constructed So Long is a result of years of experience and musical influences, and it shows. While the overall sound is chilled, with an acoustic pop flavour, this powerful performer showcases passionate and intelligent vocals alongside good honest rock. Underpinned with technical excellence and accessible hook driven melodies, its been incubating during Ward’s diverse musical career to date. Comparisons are already being made to Neil Finn, Foo Fighters and John Mayer.
So Long is just the first glimpse of Ward’s songwriting magic - the seal has been broken….following So Long in 2011, there is a 2012 release in the pipeline. Ward will soon make his mark as a songwriter and performer to watch.
Ward is officially launching So Long with his live band on September 15 2011 at The Bendigo Hotel, Collingwood, ahead of further Melbourne and regional dates.