Jul 9, 2014
1st grader, Tanner Kopp, helped Western Performer Barry Ward sing “Eli Crow” in front of 300 students of the Haven Grade School in Kansas on April 8, 2014. What makes this performance astounding is that Tanner has autism and ADHD. Music calms him. A year before this, Tanner would crawl under his desk, spin in circles, and not talk much, according to his teacher, Lisa Roberts. Roberts began using music videos to motivate Tanner and introduced Tanner to Barry Ward’s videos. Tanner began singing along and learned all of the words to “Eli Crow.”
Roberts, who knew Barry Ward, wrote and asked him for an autographed CD for Tanner. Ward hand-delivered the CD and asked Tanner to sing to the class with him. They set up this concert date for the entire school and Tanner became a “rock star” in the eyes of his classmates.
The power of music and people who care.
A tribute to all who have served in the armed services for our country. A special thanks to friends and fans who shared their photos of themselves and their loved ones for this video. “I’m Not a Brother” is found on the album, Whispers of the West. Please click here to purchase my itunes – Barry Ward.
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) Nominations:
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.” More Barry…