CONCERT: Lauren Ruth Ward doesn’t hold back. Stops at Johnny Brenda’s

Lauren Ruth Ward
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IF YOU GO

What: Lauren Ruth Ward, with opener Slugs.

When: 8 p.m. April 29.

Where: Johnny Brenda’s. 1201 N. Frankford Ave., Philadelphia.

Tickets: $12.

Info.: www.johnnybrendas.com, (215) 739-9684.

Her first full-length album, “Well, Hell,” makes frank, brash, clear-the-air statements like “Did I Offend You?”, “Make Love to Myself,” “Sheet Stains” and “Blue Collar Sex Kitten.”

Since moving from Baltimore to Los Angeles three years ago — trading her hair styling tools for fronting a rock band — powerhouse vocalist Lauren Ruth Ward has been feeling the love from L.A., and is looking to win over hearts in the East with a Sunday night show at Johnny Brenda’s.

“If your lyrics are deep, if they are a truth to tell, it’ll make you go: ‘Mmmm!’,” Ward said of the autobiographical nature of her songs. “Eduardo Rivera is my guitarist. Eddie and I write most of the songs together. My heart beats for rock ‘n’ roll. I love classic rock, but sonically ... I really love cowbell. Folk, Americana, I go into the different roots of rock.”

Ward was recently featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist, and in American Apparel’s “Meet Lauren” campaign.

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When not making music, she still loves to cut hair. “I just don’t do it as much (as when she was a full-time stylist). My salon is in the back yard under clementine trees,” said Ward.

She still feels that switching careers from hair to music isn’t that much of a departure. When asked what her approach was to her own hair, she shared that the first step is taming her cowlick. “I don’t like to use too much product. I don’t like to use too much heat on my hair. I like bangs, so I keep those going,” Ward said.

Ward is engaged to the singer/songwriter LP — who in addition to performing her own music, has written songs for Cher, Rihanna, The Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera. Ward’s ex-boyfriend back east was the one that introduced them. They haven’t yet set a wedding date because of conflicting travel schedules.

Ward hand-picked her opening band, Slugs, with a Northeast audience in mind. “They’ve got a real great ‘90s flair — a grunge flair. It’s real wholesome rock ‘n’ roll,” she said.