An Article by Johnny Cole
Photos by Stephen Anderson
In early 2018 while enjoying a mutual friend’s show at a popular live music venue in Mobile, Alabama, I met Joshua Stephen Ward, a singer-songwriter from the area. During the break, we struck up a conversation when he mentioned that he had completed a soon to be released album of original material. In my business, it is common to hear that, but sadly, I often never hear much more – this was NOT one of those times.
Fast forward two or three months, Josh’s debut release “Becoming” arrived in the mail and to my delight, was quite good. In fact, I gave it several listens, in particular, its first track “Be Me”. I contacted Joshua Stephen Ward to let him know I appreciated receiving his CD and how much I was enjoying it.
In the coming months, I had the opportunity to attend a number of shows featuring Josh, including several at which he teamed up with the talented Madison Grace. Josh and Madison appeared together on a number of occasions, including a few dedicated to holiday music.
In 2018, the lead track from Becoming, “Be Me”, was chosen as #3 in The Southland Music Line Top 10 Songs of the Year and the song “Armageddon” received local radio airplay. Josh continues to perform across the Gulf Coast, including at such venues as The Peoples Room of Mobile (AL) and Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS. He also regularly performs in Jackson (MS), Montgomery (AL) and the Florida Panhandle.
One of the things I have come to appreciate most about Josh is his optimism in life after years of battling OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He dedicates a good deal of his time to helping others learn to overcome personal adversities. Josh’s artistic and creative spirit has led him to successfully accomplish several goals. He has earned a degree in classical guitar, has studied music composition at the University of South Alabama and has several additional projects ongoing as he continues his journey. It has been a genuine privilege getting to know Josh, enjoying his music and learning from his incredible outlook on life.
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