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Delivering a soulful blend of Australian Country and Americana music, Matt Ward’s journey as an artist has been different from most. Working for years across regional and outback South Australia, Ward has an intimate knowledge of the land and its people. Time on the road, his connection to the country, emotions experienced along the way–it is the lifeblood of country music, and Matt has it in spades.
His journey as an adult, combined with his strong urban roots, provide compelling authenticity as an artist. Most recently Ward has travelled through music, living and touring out of Texas in the United States. This experience has only expanded Matt’s influences, broadening both his personality and capacity as a musician.
Matt’s new single, released in August 2018, is titled ‘Annabelle’. Crafted by award-winning producer Matt Fell and also featuring the vocals of Katie Brianna, the track is the first from the upcoming album ‘Heartland’. Combining classic Australian influences with modern country feels, it is easy to draw a comparison to the likes of Paul Kelly, Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell in the songs, vocals and band arrangements.
“Matt Ward is THAT guy… Wordsmith, tunesmith and craftsman. A songwriter’s songwriter whose material speaks deeply and simultaneously of his journey and of ours.”–Matt Fell (5 x Golden-guitar winning producer)
There is no doubt Ward is forging his own space within the Australian Country and Americana scene. Recently The Music Network described Matt as a “musician of high promise” and since the successful release of his debut EP in 2016, he has successfully showcased at Australian Music Week, performed at some of Tamworth’s hottest events including ‘Late Nite Alt’ and ‘Country Music Cocktails’ and has also been selected to showcase for the Americana Music Association of Australia.
With soulful vocals, a compelling narrative and rich arrangements, Matt Ward and his debut album Heartland may prove one of the best finds in recent years.
“Matt‘s songs evoke the vastness and expanse of Australia while speaking with true heart… He is a spokesman of our time and his music is a perfect blend of Australian country outlaw.” – Bonnie Montgomery (2018 Arkansas Country Music Awards – Americana Artist of the Year & Female Singer of the Year; 2016 Ameripolitan Outlaw Female Artist of the Year).