"world class.....testament to Ward's ability to blend
popular country and alt country elements in convincingly heartfelt songs on this strong debut"
(Chris Hamilton, Rhythms Magazine July 2019)
Delivering an energetic blend of Australian and Americana country music, Matt Ward is forging his own space within the Australian music scene.
His 2019 debut album "Heartland" reached #1 on the ARIA Australian Country charts and his four single releases have received more than 130,000 streams worldwide. Crafted by award-winning producer Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios (Sydney), Heartland showcases Matt’s exceptional songwriting and takes the listener on an album-length journey of love, loss and redemption.
Rhythms Magazine described Heartland as a "strong debut", its track Annabelle as "world class" and the album “testament to Ward's ability to blend popular and alt country elements to produce convincingly heartfelt songs". Country Music Capital News said Ward was "everything that is good about Australian Country Music" while Jolene Country Music blog said Ward's songs were "..as fitting in a dusty outback pub as they were in an inner city Melbourne bar" and that "songs as well constructed as these can travel".
"World class song... testament to Ward’s ability to blend popular and alt. country elements in convincingly heartfelt songs”
(Chris Familton, Rhythms Magazine, July 2019)
In 2019 Ward showcased at Americanafest (Nasvhille) and Australian Music Week, toured Heartland across Australia and played the popular 500 Miles of Music tour with Adam Harvey, Aleyce Simmonds and Brad Butcher. 2020 will see Ward begin to release tracks from his next album (recorded in Texas at the famous Yellow Dog Studios), kicking off at Tamworth with slots at The Longyard, Tamworth Opry and the Tamworth Hotel,
“Matt Ward is that guy… wordsmith, tunesmith, and craftsman. A songwriter’s songwriter whose material speaks deeply and simultaneously of his journey and of ours.”
(Matt Fell, 4 x Golden-guitar winning producer)
But Matt's journey has been different from most. Working for years in land management across regional Australia, Ward has an intimate knowledge of the land and its people. Time on the road, his connection to country, emotions experienced along the way – it’s the lifeblood of country music and Matt has it in spades.
With strong storytelling, catchy hooks and a full country band sound, Ward draws comparison to Paul Kelly, Corb Lund and Midland in his songs and spirited live performances. He's ready for Australia's biggest country stages and his journey to get there provides compelling authenticity as both an artist and person.
"Matt‘s songs evoke the vastness and expanse of Australia while speaking with true heart… his music is a perfect blend of Australian country outlaw"
(Bonnie Montgomery, 2019 Arkansas Americana Artist of the Year)