Press, Reviews, & Kudos

“She’s gentle, strong, poignant; her own story will move you — so will her music.” – MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE


“As a showcase for everything that makes Diane Ward so special, this record [Beautiful Ways] is a gem that should not escape your attention. It is a triumphant and emotive collection of songs that will answer the question: “Where have all the great singer-songwriters gone?” Before you lament the poor state of popular music, make sure you check out Beautiful Ways to have your faith refreshed and restored!” – KEYBOARD MAGAZINE


“BEAUTIFUL WAYS: TOP 10 LOCAL ALBUMS OF 2014 – Beginning with the soaring confidence of the jazzy title track, the many joys to be found in this 10-song collection are made all the more remarkable with the knowledge that much of it was created, over an extended period of time, while veteran singer-songwriter Ward was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. With help from longtime friend Jack Shawde and mixer extraordinaire John Merchant, Ward has produced an irresistible compilation of stories about longing, love and life. – SUN SENTINEL – Ft. Lauderdale, FL


“Beautiful Ways is a fearlessly joyful 10-song collection…” – SUN SENTINEL – Ft. Lauderdale, FL


“One of the most compelling live performers in Florida Today. Period.” – FOCUS MAGAZINE – Tampa, FL


“VOTED BEST ROCK VOCALIST / MIAMI NEW TIMES – Blessed with a conscience and a voice like honey in a blender, Ward always finds a way to sweeten her woeful lyrics while stirring up those themes that deserve the whirring-blade treatment. Her gift has made the Miami native a regional attraction…” – MIAMI NEW TIMES – Miami, FL


“VOTED BEST SONGWRITER / CITY LINK MAGAZINE – On her latest CD, Wonderlight, Ward pens tunes that are so damn hummable you’ll find yourself whistling the choruses while standing in line at Publix…” – CITY LINK MAGAZINE – Ft. Lauderdale, FL


“What do you get when you blend the power of Melissa Etheridge’s voice with the beauty of k.d. lang’s? Two words: Diane Ward. This singer/songwriter powerhouse has been long under-recognized for her soulful voice and strike-to-the-heart lyrics.” – BIMAGAZINE

About Diane’s music from award-winning, writer & director of Calloused Hands, Jesse Quinones

“i first came across diane ward’s music 15 years ago as a teenager. i always remember loving how delicately she was able to balance pain and love in a single song. her music hits you right in the gut. when i started developing calloused hands, i was very aware that this was a film that also needed to come from the gut. i listened to diane’s album ‘great impossible’ while i wrote the screenplay to help take me back to that place. according to my itunes i listened to baby look up 160 times. i knew the film would need music like this, that could capture those intense feelings. gratefully diane said yes to allowing us to use both ‘great impossible’ and ‘baby look up’ in the film. the film wouldn’t be the same without it.” – Jesse Quinones

Highlights

  • 5 independently released, award-winning albums
  • Voted Best Songwriter, CITY LINK MAGAZINE, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Voted Best Rock Vocalist, MIAMI NEW TIMES, Miami, Florida
  • From the Wonderlight album, Trampoline Hero single charts #1 on SIRIUS RADIO the Out Q channel
  • The Great Impossible album has had multiple songs featured independent films and in television. 2 songs are currently featured in the award-winning independent film, Calloused Hands starring Andre Royo (The Wire)