SARAH AVRIN // Publicist




Heralded by music critics as a cross between Janis Joplin, Florence Welch and Courtney Barnett, Lauren Ruth Ward is a force of nature. Hailing from Baltimore, Lauren  migrated to Los Angeles in 2015, where she quickly built a large and loyal local following in partnership with her guitarist and cowriter Eduardo Rivera. With her debut album, Well HellLauren's arresting voice and her unique blend of 70s rock, glam and Americana has her poised to win audiences worldwide.

Lauren had a spectacular 2018, In addition to releasing her critically acclaimed debut album Well, Hell, she has shared stages with Keith Urban, Shirley Manson, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Shakey Graves and Liz Phair, played to sold out crowds in LA & across the US. She celebrated Grace Slick’s birthday by releasing her rendition of Jefferson Airplane hit single “White Rabbitand a seven song Doors tribute album for Jim Morrison’s 75th, called “Happy Birthday Jim”.

Since the beginning of the 2019, Lauren has deviated from the traditional album format and is keeping her creative spark aflame with the release of a new song or video every five weeks. First with the fierce “Valhalla”, “Hungry Barber” via BUST, and then the introspective slow burner “Pullstring.” She previously went into the studio with renowned hitmaker/songwriter writer Billy Steinberg and Australian legend Mark McEntee -- the founder/guitarist of the Divinyls. The trio had a blast together and recorded a beautiful rendition of Divinyls’I Touch Myself.

Lauren also recently teamed up with retropop powerhouse Desi Valentine and Jack Daniels to record “Same Soul”, inspired by a recent trip to Tennessee. Hear the song and see behind-the-scenes clips of the collaboration via FADER, here.

"Lauren Ruth Ward attacks every show as though it might be her last. Lyrics tumble out of Ward’s mouth faster than her song’s often breakneck tempos, as if she’s daring them to keep up... all delivered in a sandpaper voice that can swoop from a Grace Slick warble to a Janis Joplin growl." - Noisey 

"Lauren Ruth Ward Is What Happens When You Mix Florence Welch And Janis Joplin... Ward’s debut album, Well, Hell [is] a force not felt in the music scene since Lana Del Rey dropped 'Blue Jeans'." - Nylon 

A sound that marries the swagger of ‘70s rock with the sensitivity of modern folk. Her raspy, throaty vocals are the real showcase here.” - Consequence of Sound 

…the force of nature known as Lauren Ruth Ward.” - The 405 

"a powerhouse vocalist with a bluesy rasp that naturally recalls Janis Joplin... Ward's sound is at once very vintage and of-the-moment.... a crisp, post-punk sound with rootsy undertones that feels modern yet grounded." - LA Times

...a '70s-Channeling Mix of Janis Joplin and Courtney Barnett” - LA Weekly