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Josh Ward and his band perform a traditional style of country music. Josh Ward has a unique almost untouchable voice that grabs your attention. Just a few songs into a set and you will see just why Josh is turning heads everywhere he performs. Josh Ward’s influences stretch back to some of the founding fathers of country music like Hank and Lefty, to the outlaws like Waylon and Willie. Josh Ward leaves no one disappointed, and everyone asking for more!
Born May 15th, 1980 in Houston, Texas, Josh was raised on country music, although, his first musical influence was old gospel hymns he would sing at church. As a teenager Willie, Waylon, Merle and George Jones and Strait were his inspirations. While riding the high school Rodeo Circuit, Josh polished his guitar and vocals skills while singing on the tailgate of pickups at local rodeos. He joined his first band in early 2003 playing local honky-tonks and bars, giving Josh the stage time and experience needed to stretch out on his own and pursue his lifelong dream of performing and playing music full time. Josh is definitely one of the most respected and well-liked musicians in the state. His professionalism on and off stage cannot be compared.
Josh wears his influences on his sleeve and on his beat up old Takamine guitar. George Jones, Waylon Jennings, and Merle Haggard pour out of him like rain pours off a roof during a thunderstorm. His delivery is always honest and heartfelt. He’s one of those rare singer/songwriters who seems completely incapable of just going through the motions. He FEELS every single word of every single song. Fellow songwriter Mike Ethan Messick once said of Josh, “Josh Ward sings like Mike Tyson hits. Hard.”
Josh Ward released his 3rd album "Promises" in June 2012. The first single “Get Away” reached #18 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart - almost unheard of for a debut artist. Josh's second single "Rainout Hanout" quickly moved up the Texas and Regional Radio charts – reaching Top 5! The third single, "Sent Me You" was released January 4th to radio and received a #1 spot on both the Texas Music Chart and the Texas Regional Radio Chart for 2 consecutive weeks. The 4th single - the Title Track "Promises" was released to radio at the end of May, with highest debut, most radio adds, most spin increases, and record to watch. The single quickly climbed to the #1 spot on both the Texas Regional Radio Report and the Texas Music Chart. Josh's 5th Single "Hard Whiskey" was released in December 2013 and reached #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and #3 on the Texas Music Chart in March 2014. Josh Ward was recently named the 2013 New Male Vocalist of the Year at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards held in Arlington, TX. Josh Ward also received a nomination for "Song of the Year" during the 2014 Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Nomination and Voting Rounds.
Members of the Josh Ward Band include: Justin Spates – Lead Guitar; Nick Arbuckle – Bass Guitar; Luke Bishop - Steel Guitar; Chris Kelley - Drums; and Thomas Grant - Tour Manager/Merchandise