Lyric-driven, simple folk songs are what BMI 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 continued to receive recognition from peers as a nominee in four categories of the
Detroit Music Awards. Additionally, Phil Maq of WHFR 89.3FM named "We Wonder" in
his top 100 albums of 2019.
Mike performs throughout Michigan and beyond. (PJ's Lager House, Gaelic League in, Detroit, Thirty One West in Newark ,OH, Rare Bird in Traverse City, Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor, GhostLight in Hamtramck, The Raven in Port Huron and The Commodore Grille in Nashville.
Festivals such as Arts, Eats & Beats, Wheatland 2020 (a virtual songwriter round with Kyle Rasche, Kaitlin Rose and Samantha Cooper) Traverse City Film Fest, Thumbfest, Ferndale Front Porch, Detroit Folk Festival and FARM Performance Alley 2019.
He has also been featured on Folk Music Notebook Shelter in Place Showcase, The Detroit Songwriter Dispatch, WHFR 89.3FM with Scott Boatright, Ron Leary’s Travelling Salesman Hour on CJAM 99.1, Irish Music Cafe with Patrick Johnson, Brother Stone on SolidStateRadio.net and WNMC 90.7 Traverse City on Will Thomas' Local Motion)
From an article written by Lori Barnard Stratton "...Those two exquisite tracks are among some of Ward’s latest new recordings since releasing his poignant “We Wonder” album in 2018. With insightful tales about love, family, growth and aging, Ward weaves a gorgeous Americana orchestration of acoustic guitars, violins, harmonicas and keyboards to provide a timeless, lyric-driven sound akin to Jason Isbell and Dawes."
From Ron Leary host of the Travelling Salesman Hour on CJAM 99.1FM Windsor, ONT radio, "Mike Ward writes beautiful, heartbreaking songs exploring the tragic human condition in a most positively fearless fashion."
Michelle Everett Wilbert of Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor, MI recently said "...from the opening notes of Mike Ward's 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