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Matthew Stephen Ward (b 4th October 1973, Newbury Park, California), known by his stage name M. Ward, is a U.S. singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. In addition to his solo work, he is known as a member of She & Him and Monsters of Folk.

Ward was previously with the band Rodriguez, which included bassist Kyle Field (of Little Wings fame) and drummer Mike Funk. They recorded and released on cassette Box Plots and Cash Crops and then the album Swing Like a Metronome in 2000. Duet for Guitars #2 was released on Howe Gelb’s Ow Om record label. Ward’s 2001 album, End of Amnesia, was released by Future Farmer Records, and his subsequent albums have been released on Merge Records. A collection of live recordings, Live Music & The Voices Of Strangers, was a self-released disc that was sold at his shows. His next album, Transfiguration of Vincent, was released in 2003, followed by Transistor Radio in 2005. A year later, Post War was released.

In 2006, he contributed a song to, and helped produce, the John Fahey tribute album, I Am the Resurrection. He also contributed the song “Transfiguration #1” from Transfiguration of Vincent to the Brushfire Records soundtrack for A Brokedown Melody, a Jack Johnson surfing film.


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  • palanwen

    I think it's safe to say I adore every single track on "Transfiguration of Vincent". Giving it a listen after probably six years. Stunning.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • iamaidang

    @MichaelKeppler any way you could help me find some sheet music for chinese translation? The more advanced the better but I can complicate something simplistic if that's the best that can be found.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • PurpleMuleMan

    @riclmnopp You are right. I just felt that he has a lot of songs about God/ Jesus/ getting saved/ other whatnot. I realize now that he is just an artist with that standpoint to his songwriting, and is not necessarily "christian music". But still songs like Fishing Boat Song and Fisher of Men can get me really thinking about Jesus.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • riclmnopp

    @PurpleMuleMan, Just because an album or song seems to have religious undertones doesn't make it Christian Music.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • PurpleMuleMan

    M. Ward proves that Christian music/ songs about God don't have to suck. In fact, they can be quite good.

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • MichaelKeppler

    Transfiguration #2 sheets right here: Enjoy!

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • saythissooner

    the go getter soundtrack sz

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • joetattie

    Right people, the only album of his i've got is "Transistor Radio", and I noticed that neither the songs, nor the album are listed highly on here. I was wondering if all his stuff is like this album, or if it's different at all. By the way "Four Hours in Washington" is cool as shit, but far too short! Leave me a shout on whether I should pursue M. Ward further.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • EndOfNovember

    +1 on Trans

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • MichaelKeppler

    +1 on the transfiguration sheets!

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hydrogeneblues

    If anyone ever gets their hands on Transfiguration no 2 sheet music, please let me know!

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bgk90

    I'll never be able to express how in touch with everyone and everything his performance at Central Park was a few years ago. It was a free show on top of that which added an extra level of laid-back, but man his opening acoustic version of Sad, Sad Song was just spine-tingling!

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mynameislea

    audio xanax.

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mayra_coldplay

    Come to Brazil =)

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    M. Ward is a wise man. Hands down.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Juanrockr

    De los mejores músicos actuales. [2]

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • econsurbe

    De los mejores músicos actuales.

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • karmapolice41

    I go on long spells of not listening, but when I come back I'm knocked out every time. Brilliant.

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lalojimenezf

    genial su último disco, en vivo el y su banda tocan poca madre!

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
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