Kristen Ward is an American singer-songwriter. She was raised in rural eastern Washington where she received a first-hand musical education from her mother, a country singer, who pursued her own career in Nashville as a recording artist. Surrounded by country-western musicians in her youth, Ward began writing music at an early age.
She released her first full-length recording of original songs at age 23. Since then Ward has been hailed as one of the most powerful and original female voices from the Pacific Northwest in the last decade. Her work and performances have been featured in publications ranging from The Seattle Times to USA Today and have garnered endorsements from Guns and Roses’ Duff McKagen and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.
A striking brunette with a voice well matured beyond her years, she has earned a reputation for being uncompromising to her musical vision. Her songs are unapologetically heartfelt. While still based in a roots rock sound with country and blues flavors, Ward’s music continues to evolve. She defied expectations when she chose to record her fourth full-length album, Last Night On Division, with legendary hard rock producer Terry Date (Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Smashing Pumpkins). The album, which features special guest Mike McCready, was mixed by Glenn Lorbecki (The Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, Violent Femmes).