Our spotlight shines on Jake Ward this week! His brand new single, “Restless” is already up to #59 on the Texas Regional Radio Report after only 2 weeks, and has been streamed 30K+ times on Spotify! Engineered by Greg Bieck at Drive By Studios, the song was written with Ward’s cousin Kris Bergnes and friend Ben Pleasant. “Musically, I wanted to write an up-tempo summer song with a cool melody. Lyrically, it’s about this wonderful girl who drives a Mustang and is magnetically attractive, but fiercely independent to the point that you’re really risking heartbreak to fall in love with her; but you do anyway because you’re living in the moment” Ward told us.
As the followup his #1 hit-single “Lonely Street”, we fully expect this one to find itself at the top of the chart as well! Ward’s upbeat delivery and smooth vocals breathe life in to the breezy tune, creating an infectious youthful energy. The care-free and whimsical vibe provide a complimentary soundtrack for any summer road trip or adventure (especially with the person you’re in a relationship with).
As if a new single racing up the chart wasn’t enough excitement from the Corpus Christ, Texas native, there’s a also a new record in the works! “Restless” is the first song the group specifically recorded for the new album; which is currently in the works, and set to release in the fall! “I am really excited about the new songs we’re recording. We’ve been gradually adding them to our shows and the audience response has been great!” he told us
With one successful album under his belt, Ward was able to approach his sophomore effort a little differently. “We first recorded in the studio 3 years ago — seems like ages ago — and at the time we really just had one song (Hit the Road) that we wanted to record — though we had no plan of what to do with it afterwards. When it did well on Texas Radio we decided to do a whole album — which was new for us and so cool. For this album, we have more experience and we’re better organized, but I still have that great feeling of enthusiasm of creating new songs and going into the studio to try to realize what I hear in my head. In other words, it’s still new and cool; not at all routine or ‘work’, and I like to think it’s just the beginning and a great kickoff for what I hope will be an album people will really love” he told us.
I don’t know about y’all, but we’re certainly anxious to hear the new tunes, and will definitely be on the lookout! In the meantime, take a listen to the new single below, and help us push it up the charts by requesting it on your online and local radio stations!
You can also hear it here on our TMP Spotify Playlist, as well as, a lot of other great Texas and Red Dirt music: https://open.spotify.com/user/texas_music_pickers/playlist/4X1EDu99kIPVqHleQfLen2
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