Barry Ward’s songs come from his deep roots in the heart of rural America. As a 4th generation Kansas farmer and rancher, he writes of the men and women whose lives are entwined with the seasons, the land, and the will of God.
Traveling to 22 states and 2 foreign countries, Barry has shared his songs at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings, Silver Dollar City, and venues and churches across the West. His music has taken him from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the jungles of Cameroon, Africa.
Barry is honored to be the 2013 Western Music Association Male Performer of the Year. His recording of “Eli Crow,” written by the late Paul Hendel, won the Will Rogers Award as 2012 Song of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. According to True West Magazine (January 2013), the song “should become a classic cowboy gunfighter song in the vein of songs like ‘El Paso’ and ‘Cross the Brazos to Waco.’”
You may be surprised to learn that this award-winning western performer never picked up a guitar before he started taking lessons at the age of thirty-five. In Barry’s hands, the guitar takes on the resonance of a five-piece band, enhancing the songs and bringing out the meaning of the words. Performance is always about the listener connecting to the song as far as Barry is concerned. The very reason he travels the country to share his music.
Barry and his wife, Victoria, now live on a ranch near Elbert, Colorado. Victoria manages Barry’s music career and their recording company, Flying W Productions.
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”
Academy of Western Artists:
Top 5 Finalist: Western Music Male Vocalist of the Year (2012) 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 (2010-2013)
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
Flying W Productions
2782 County Road 98, Elbert, CO 80106
Phone: 303-648-3547 (home) 303-243-1978 (cell)