M. Ward

M. Ward

Infobox musical artist
Name = M. Ward

Img_capt = M. Ward performing at The Bonnaroo Festival on June 11, 2005
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Matt Ward
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Origin = Newbury Park, California, U.S.
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Genre = Indie folk
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Years_active = 1999–present
Label = Merge, Matador, Future Farmer
Associated_acts = She and Him, Bright Eyes
URL = [http://www.mwardmusic.com/ www.mwardmusic.com]
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Matt Ward, known by his stage name M. Ward, is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. In the summer of 2006, Ward relocated to New Hampshire and in the fall of 2007 subsequently returned to Portland.


His solo debut "Duet for Guitars #2" was released by Howe Gelb on his Ow Om record label. Ward's 2001 album, "End of Amnesia", was put out by Future Farmer Records. A collection of live recordings, "Live Music & The Voice of Strangers", was a self-released disc that was sold at his shows in 2001. His subsequent albums have been released on Merge Records.

He has guested on recordings by Cat Power, Beth Orton (with whom he co-wrote the title track to her album "Comfort of Strangers"), The Court & Spark, Bright Eyes (with whom he toured on the 2004 Vote For Change tour with R.E.M. and Bruce Springsteen), Jenny Lewis (whose debut solo album "Rabbit Fur Coat" he co-produced), and My Morning Jacket.

In 2006, he contributed a song to, and helped produce the John Fahey tribute album "I Am the Resurrection". He also appears on Norah Jones' album "Not Too Late", performing backing vocals and guitar on "Sinkin' Soon", and toured as the opener and a member of her "Handsome Band" for the album in the spring of 2007. Also his cover of David Bowie's song "Let's Dance" is featured on the soundtrack of the 2007 New Zealand film "Eagle vs Shark". Ward was previously a member of the band Rodriguez with Kyle Field of Little Wings. Their album "Swing Like a Metronome" was released in 2000 and produced by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy.

In 2004 Ward played guitar for Bright Eyes on a taping of "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn". During the performance, Bright Eyes' singer Conor Oberst yelled out "M. Ward for President!" This prompted "Newsweek" to run an article on Ward and his next album "Transistor Radio".

Current projects

Ward's latest album, "Post-War", was described by "Vanity Fair" in its August 2006 issue as thematic on the question "How will America heal once this craziness in Iraq is over?" Ward said in that article that he looked to the post-war music of the late 1940s and 50s. "I had the naive, simplistic idea that producers and writers and artists of the time helped in a minuscule way to change the mind-set of America". The album was released on Merge Records on August 29, 2006. It features cameo performances by Howe Gelb, Jim James and Neko Case.

From the music blog It's Hard To Find A Friend: "According to the "Omaha City Weekly":...Also with recording plans for the winter is Conor Oberst. Beginning in the new year, Oberst is slated to begin recording two new albums — one a solo record in Mexico (the album is self titled "Connor Oberst") with Jake Bellows playing a role and another with a new band being formed with M Ward". [http://www.hardtofindafriend.blogspot.com/]

In 2006, Ward recorded a duet with actress Zooey Deschanel, which collaboration resulted in the formation of the band She & Him [ [http://www.sheandhim.com/sheandhim.php#biography Biography | SheandHim.com] ] . The duo's album "Volume One"—which Ward produced—was released on Merge Records on March 18, 2008. Ward and Deschanel performed (along with Yo La Tengo) on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on April 22, 2008.


Ward says that "Amazing Grace" is probably his favorite song. His favorite piece of musical equipment is the TASCAM 4-Track Recorder, which he uses to start every song he writes. [ [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/41189-guest-list-m-ward M. Ward | Pitchfork ] ]



* "Duet for Guitars #2" (1999)
* "End of Amnesia" (2001)
* "Live Music & The Voice of Strangers" (2001)
* "Transfiguration of Vincent" (2003)
* "Transistor Radio" (2005)
* "Post-War" (2006)


* "Scene from #12 (I Ain't Sleeping)" (2002)
* "To Go Home" (2007)

Compilation tracks

*"John King's Watercolor Bicycle" on "Acuarela Songs 1" (2001, Acuarela)
*"Fearless" on "Merge Records Presents: Survive and Advance Vol. 3" (2003, Merge Records)
*"Story of an Artist" (Daniel Johnston) on "" (2004, Gammon Records)
*"One More Goodbye" on "Old Enough 2 Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records" (2004, Merge Records)
*"Let My Love Open the Door" (Pete Townshend) on "Sweetheart 2005" (2005, Hear Music)
*"Green River" (Creedence Clearwater Revival) on "Green River: Benefit For Mercy Corps" (2005, Merge Records)
*"Bean Vine Blues #2" (John Fahey) on "" (2006, Vanguard Records)
*"What is a Soul?" on "Big Change: Songs for FINCA" (2007, IODA)
*"Let's Dance" on "" (2007, Hear Music)
*"Crooked Lines" on "The Hottest State (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (2007, Sony/ATV)

Other appearances

*My Morning Jacket - "Z" (2005 ATO Records)
*Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins - "Rabbit Fur Coat" (2006 · Team Love)
*Bright Eyes - "Four Winds" (2007 · Saddle Creek)
*Bright Eyes - "Cassadaga" (2007 · Saddle Creek)
*She & Him - "Volume One" (2008 · Merge Records)
*Jenny Lewis - "Acid Tongue" (2008 · WEA/Reprise)
*Eli Stone - Season one Episode two


External links

* [http://www.mwardmusic.com/ M. Ward's homepage]
* [http://www.postward.com/ Postward M. Ward's unoffical site]
* [http://www.futurefarmer.com/mward.php Future Farmer infopage]
* [http://www.matadorrecords.com/m_ward Matador Records infopage]
* [http://www.mergerecords.com/band.php?news=true&band_id=8 Merge Records infopage]
* [http://subculturemagazine.com/reviewdetails.php?id=304 Review of "Post War" on Subculture Magazine]
* [http://www.timmcmahan.com/mward.htm Lazy-i Interview: July 2003]
* [http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=m_ward Trouser Press entry]
* [http://www.prefixmag.com/features/M/m-ward/437 Prefixmag.com Interview: October 2006]


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