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Local Spotlight: The Year of Lauren Ruth Ward

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Credit, Emery Becker. Lauren Ruth Ward at The Echo in February.

The last year has been met with a cacophony of voices in opposition of each other – through the noise artists like Lauren Ruth Ward have erupted onto the Los Angeles music scene.

Lauren Ruth Ward was bitten by the music bug at a young age and throughout high school remained one of her passions.  After graduation, Ward followed an interest in hair styling eventually owning her own business by nineteen. In 2015, she made the move from her hometown of Baltimore to Los Angeles to pursue her interest in music further. It is in LA where she formed her alternative-folk band with Eduardo Rivera, Liv Slingerland and India Pascucci.

Balancing soulfully raspy — almost ethereal vocals with a strong message of authenticity, Ward immediately grabs listener’s attention. The rawness and honesty of “Did I Offend You?” and  “Make Love to Myself” instills a sense of fierceness and independence, particularly for women.  The music video for “Make Love to Myself” was shot at Harvard & Stone, featuring a cameo appearance by Ward’s singer-songwriter girlfriend LP.

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Credit, Emery Becker. Lauren Ruth Ward in Los Angeles in January.

 “Burden” was included on the June release of the album PLAG Sounds Vol. 1 as part of a team up with Play Like a Girl, an LA-based collective for women.

The anticipated full-length album Well, Hell is expected to be released on September 29th.