J. R. Ward
J.R. Ward started out playing country music in beach bars and nursing homes in north Florida. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, J.R. now lives in Palm Coast, Florida, tours throughout the Southeast U.S., and released his first EP, My Own Way in 2017.
The first single released from his EP, Ready to Go, was inspired by his time playing in the assisted living homes and nursing homes. It has been used for a national fundraising campaign with the Walk to End Alzheimer's and a music video was created with the help from Kindred at Home.
J.R. has headlined venues and played support for national touring acts such as The Steel Woods, Ward Davis, and Ray Scott. In his songwriting, J.R. draws influences from Waylon Jennings, Gary Allan and Jamey Johnson. In fact, the title of his EP, comes from a quote by Waylon Jennings who said, "There is always one more way to do things, and that's your way..."
J.R.'s way is to write soulful country songs that tell a story or relate a hard lesson learned and to sing them and other old country favorites — sometimes as a solo act and at other times with his full band.