MICHAEL WARD Making waves

WA singer-songwriter Michael Ward has released his new single Swell, and is celebrating the launch with a series of live shows across Western Australia. He kicks off his next run of dates in Yealering this Sunday, April 3 followed by sets in Esperance and Bunbury, and a special full-band show at Rosemount Hotel on Friday, May 20.

“The Rosie show will be as a band and the female vocalist that recorded on the single, Rachelle Kearney, will be having a cameo for this track too so I’m absolutely pumped for that,” he said. Michael Ward will also be joined by special guests Brooke Bugeja, Ullah and Michael Day for the performance.

Michael Ward will hit the road again in winter, with regional shows lined up in Exmouth, Karratha, Bridgetown and Albany through June and July.

The release begins a new chapter for the WA artist, who has performed for years as a bass player in other acts. “This track probably marks the start of a new era of songwriting for me as I feel it is the start of ‘my sound,’  or my music,” he said. “I’ve really been working on my own style, working with and discovering my own voice as well as the permanent move to six strings.”

As for the song itself, Swell is about one of Michael Ward’s greatest passions. “The track is about my love for the ocean, surfing, the waves and how different life feels if I’m catching waves,” he said. “I feel much more grounded and connected and I wanted to share that because I think it’s pretty special.”

Michael Ward says there is more music on the way, revealing plans to record an EP this year with hopes to release it in the lead up to next summer.

Check out Michael Ward’s upcoming live dates below:

Sunday, April 3 – Yealering Hotel, Yealering
Friday, April 8 – 33 Degrees, Esperance
Sunday, April 10 – Lucky Bay Brewery, Esperance
Sunday, April 24 – Sanctuary Golf Resort, Bunbury
Friday, May 20 – Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Friday, June 17 – Whalebone Brewery, Exmouth
Sunday, June 19 – Samson Tavern, Point Samson
Friday, July 29 – The Cidery, Bridgetown
Saturday, July 30 – Wilson Brewery, Albany
Sunday, July 31 – King River Tavern, Albany

Michael Ward plays multiple dates across Western Australia in support of his new single Swell. For more info follow justmichaelhere on instagram.

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