Kristen Ward

Kristen Ward

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAmericanaRock

A striking brunette with an original voice well matured beyond her years, Kristen Ward's songs are heartfelt and gritty, (think Linda Ronstadt meets Lucinda Williams). While based in a roots-rock sound with country and blues flavors, Kristen has crafted a style that is all her own.

Biography

Kristen Ward is an American singer-songwriter. She was raised in rural eastern Washington where she received a first-hand musical education from her mother, a country singer, who pursued her own career in Nashville as a recording artist. Surrounded by country-western musicians in her youth, Ward began writing music at an early age.

She released her first full-length recording of original songs at age 23. Since then Ward has been hailed as one of the most powerful and original female voices from the Pacific Northwest in the last decade. Her work and performances have been featured in publications ranging from The Seattle Times to USA Today and have garnered endorsements from Guns and Roses’ Duff McKagen and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.

A striking brunette with a voice well matured beyond her years, she has earned a reputation for being uncompromising to her musical vision. Her songs are unapologetically heartfelt and gritty. While still based in a roots rock sound with country and blues flavors, Ward’s music continues to evolve. She defied expectations when she chose to record her fourth full-length album, Last Night On Division, with legendary hard rock producer Terry Date (Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Smashing Pumpkins). The album, which features special guest Mike McCready, was mixed by Glenn Lorbecki (The Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, Violent Femmes).

Kristen Ward has sung her way straight into the hearts of her ever-growing audience and has shared stages with acts like, Leon Russell, Country Legend Ian Tyson, Gillian Welch, Matt Kearney, JJ Grey, Jesse Sykes, Alan White (Yes), Natasha Bedingfield and even rock legend Roger Daltrey (The Who). Ward has performed live and/or recorded with multiple Northwest heavy hitters including, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Duff McKagan(Guns n Roses, Loaded), Andy Stoller ( Tracy Chapman), Gary Westlake, Kevin Suggs (The Shins, Brandi Carlile, Evangeline) and many more.

Discography

Kristen Ward "Last Night On Division" (2012 Self Released)

Kristen Ward "Charles" (2010 Self Released)

Kristen Ward "Drive Away" (2008 Self Released)
-tracks "Drive Away", "Shoot Me Down" and "With You Again" are played on 90.3KEXP and 104.9FM.

Kristen Ward "Roll Me On" (2006 Chroma Sound)

Set List

1. Baby
2. Loneliness
3. With You Again
4. Shoot Me Down
5. Drive Away
6. Red Roses
7. All Alone
8. Faith
9. Lowdownville
10. Good Time Man
11. Why Don't He Love Me

Typically sets are 10-11 songs (47-55) min long. Covers are usually not played...but a little Hank Williams might sometimes be snuck in.