Originally from Melbourne, Stephen Ward brings energy, excitement, professionalism, experience and his high level of musicianship to every performance. Using his strong and his warmed tone voice, Stephen sings your favourite classics along with the newest top 40 hits. He also injects his Guitar prowess and broad musical influences from the worlds of Pop, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Gospel, Blues and Country in his captivating live shows.
His debut album So Long (2011) offered the first glimpse of his talent; and after three years of solid gigging Stephen has again hit the studio and recorded four-track EP Permanent Dream.
Mixed by Joel Tipping and mastered by Naomune Anzai, Permanent Dream features Ward on vocals, guitars, and bass. Additional contributions from Mitch McGregor (djembe and percussion), Laura Moore (cello) and Lucy Smyth (harmony vocal) help shape the lush acoustic backdrop for this subtly eclectic set of songs.
The response to So Long was enthusiastic – it has sold far and wide via digital channels to increasing numbers of fans in the US, UK, Germany and New Zealand – already Permanent Dream’s country-tinged opening track ‘White Circles’ was awarded first prize at the Gippsland Country Music Festival songwriting competition.