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.
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.
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.