Twenty year old, Detroit native, Charity Ward, is making her mark on the independent music arena with her debut album, "Sounds Like Love". Charity insists that each element of her music aims to display audible quality of genuine sincerity, but most importantly, love. With her pen and guitar in hand, Charity uses the composition of music to pull the beauty out of every aspect of life.
Often referring to herself as an "Indie, Genreless, Lover of Art", Charity allows each style of her musical training to work it's way into her sound. Growing up in an extremely musical family, including 3 singing sisters, Charity possessed a love for a large range of music, from Negro Spirituals to the soulful sound of the 70's. Then at the age of 13, Joel Palmer, her first guitar instructor, provided her with an intimate love for her guitar, exposed her to the healing element of music and taught her how to involve the story-telling ingredient of Folk music in her lyrics.
After being home-schooled until the 11th grade, Charity spent one year at Detroit's Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts where her gift was greatly appreciated and nurtured. Charity went on to study Commercial Music at The Tennessee State University where she was exposed to Classical and Jazz guitar styles. After returning to Detroit to pursue music full-time, Charity has created quite a buzz- opening for artists such as Raheem Devaughn, Kindred the Family Soul, Anthony David and Eric Roberson.
Reflects Charity, "My soul is moved by music that makes me feel like I'm falling in love and my aim is to create music that possesses that quality - music that "Sounds Like Love". When people listen to my records, I desire for their experience to be reminiscent of a home cooked meal, prepared by someone that cares for them with love as opposed to a McDonalds hamburger- something manufactured. "
Having been influenced by Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Corinne Bailey Rae and John Mayer, Charity's summer release, "Sounds Like Love", is reminiscent of her favorite artist's ability to create beautiful music while remaining true to something far bigger than them- something that Charity admits has the power to change someone's circumstance.
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