David Ward


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“David Ward’s range is impressive, blending gruff, James Brown’styled catcalls and a breathy falsetto, often in the same song. Think Jeff Buckley meets James Brown meets Tom Waits meets Stan Getz meets Marvin Gaye. One of my favourites in a long time.”

– John P. McLaughlin (The Province)

Music is at the core of all David’s endeavours. Ever since he self-released his debut album Never Meant to Know (2006), he has been consistently honing his craft on the live circuit, having toured Canada multiple times and Japan last spring. In addition to performing as the lead singer/guitar player for The Phonix, David has held down weekly residencies in Toronto and Vancouver, playing both covers and his own music.

“David’s voice sparkles, a voice which resembles Jeff Buckley or Tom Waits. It’s the knowledgeable mix of funk, soul, jazz and blues that more than once makes the sound of this trio so very special. ‘Unstuck Note’ is above all a beautiful CD.”

– The Georgia Straight

“Imagine Jeff Buckley’s untethered falsetto with Stevie Wonder’s warm, grainy tenor…David Ward has mastered both, plus all points between. Ward is clearly a versatile and ambitious talent.” – Uncut

“Most likely to: Be assured of a golden future.” – The Guardian

“His new single marks the emergence of a very special artist indeed.” – Q

“Exploratory, ever-evolving songcraft, his is a beautiful, very solitary universe.” – Clash

“…the only thing stopping David Ward from becoming a household name is the injustice of the music industry.” – Drowned in Sound

Sample Songs…

Alright – Jamiroquai
As – Stevie Wonder
Billie Jean – Emin
Blame It On The Sun – Stevie Wonder
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Everything In It’s Right Place – Radiohead
Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Group
Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison
Higher Ground – Stevie Wonder
Hold On I’m Comin’ – Sam & Dave
I Can’t Help It – Michael Jackson
I Can’t Help Myself – Temptations
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Kiss – Prince
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Love and Happiness – Al Green
Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
Senorita – Justin Timberlake
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
You’ve Got a Friend – Donny Hathaway
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
I’ll be Around – The Spinners
Whose Gonna Save My Soul Now – Gnarls Barkley
My Doorbell – White Stripes
Vultures – John Mayer
Going On – Gnarls Barkley
Love on Top – Beyonce
Astral Weeks Van Morrison