Lyric-driven, simple folk songs are what singer-songwriter Mike Ward produces. Currently living in Detroit, Mike grew up listening to the Irish music of the Clancy Brothers and singing in church choirs. His influences are the likes of Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine. The songs that Mike writes are a combination of stories and life lessons which are still being learned.
Why Psychosongs? A Spotify mix-up made it clear that there were too many Mike Ward’s out there. Since his nickname is PsychoWard (those who have seen him dance or play hockey can affirm its authenticity). Thus, Mike Ward: Psychosongs.
Released in 2018, the album "We Wonder" is a collaboration with several extremely talented musicians and engineers from Chicago, Lansing and Detroit. In 2019, Mike has continued to receive recognition from peers as a nominee in four categories of the Detroit Music Awards.
While pushing to to write, perform and collaborate more around Detroit area, Mike's schedule includes many venues in Detroit and other locations. (Crazy Wisdom TeaRoom, Ann Arbor, PJ's Lager House, Art. Eats & Beats, Ferndale Front Porch, Detroit Folk Festival, Eastern Market Brewing, Gaelic League Detroit, Thirty One West, Newark ,OH, GhostLight in Hamtramck as well as the Traverse City Film Fest, Rare Bird Traverse City, The Commodore Grille in Nashville, several house shows and Mike also runs an open mic at Ashe Coffee in Detroit. He has also been featured and interviewed on WHFR 89.3FM with Scott Boatright, Ron Leary’s Travelling Salesman Hour on CJAM 99.1, Irish Music Cafe with Patrick Johnson and WNMC 90.7 Traverse City on Will Thomas' Local Motion)
Michelle Everett Wilbert of Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor, MI recently said "...from the opening notes of Mike Ward's first solo show at Crazy Wisdom. His voice and songwriting are exemplary--beautifully crafted songs, a gorgeous voice and strong guitar playing--but it was his generosity of spirit; the settled conviction of the power of art and music that comes across with every song...every breath."
Scott Boatright of WHFR noted "Mike Ward brings to the listener autobiographical tales of life's lessons, including hardship, loss, aging, and confronting one's own shortcomings. He never presents his songs in an overly pessimistic or sentimental way, but as a way of expressing what most of have felt in our lives and leaves it up to the audience in how to respond to it. A true American slice of life."
"Mike is exactly the kind of musician I love to meet; humble, passionate, and most importantly a writer of honest and heartfelt songs." Will Thomas of WNMC