2013 WMA Male Performer of the Year
Barry Ward, western singer, or more aptly a cowboy who sings Western songs. He offers real knowledge of the songs he sings, having grown up on the western plains of Kansas, near a famous cow-town, Dodge City.
His great-grandparents settled the Kansas homestead in the late 1880s, shortly after the buffalo had been replaced by cattle. Barry, or “Bear” as he has come to be known by his friends, worked alongside his father and grandfather on the family ranch.
As ranchers were forced to diversify and start raising crops, these rugged saddle men became equally at home in the seat of a tractor. Some cowboys shied away from letting people know they were also farmers. Caught up in the romantic era of the cowboy, Barry never let that stop him from embracing the lands as a farmer, and sharing the music of his heritage.
Barry Ward writes most of his own songs featuring his own and other’s experience on the land, along with his strong faith and overflowing love for his country. – Orin Friesen, The Rockin’ Banjo Ranch.
Barry Ward is an AWA Final Five Finalist nominee for 2013 Male Performer of the Year.
Highlights of Barry Ward’s Career
2013 Western Music Association Male Performer of the Year
2012 Association of Western Artists Will Rogers Award for Western Music Song of the Year “Eli Crow” (written by the late Paul Hendel)
Academy of Western Artists:
Top 5 Finalist: Western Music Male Vocalist of the Year (2012, 2013) and
Song of the Year (2009, 2011)
Western Music Association:
Top 5 Finalist: Entertainer of the Year (2013), Male Vocalist of the Year (2009 – 2013,) Western Album of the Year (2010, 2012), Song of the Year (2010-2012), and Songwriter of the Year (2012-2013)
Guest Co-host RFD-TV Cowboy Church with Susie McEntire
First Western music entertainer to perform in Cameroon, Africa 2010
Performed at the Cultural Olympiad 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah
The Great American Cowboy Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City 2003)
When asked about his favorite song on the Lonesome County Road album, Ron Lee (a happy fan) said, “Really hard to choose. On a scale of 1 to10 they all fall in the 9-10 range. I would say “Beyond the Western Sky” edges to the top. The album itself rates a solid 10.”