Twist Online : How did you start your music career? Tell us a little about your past.
Jake Ward : I come from a very musical family but only recently met my cousin Kris Bergsnes, who is the first one in our family to make a career in music. He’s done a lot but is a great songwriter and mentor.
The band has been together in this form for a little over two years. We have had several lineup changes but it was worth the wait to get these guys together. Paul Teltschik is an amazing guitarist. We were in
elementary school together and then caught up again in college. We basically hunted down the other guys in the band are we are so lucky to have Daniel, Sunshine and Owen — great musicians, hard workers,
and good friends who are willing to sleep in pickup trucks and eat pizza for breakfast if necessary.
Twist Online : Do you like singing solo or in background?
Jake Ward : Vocal harmonies are an extremely important part of our sound. I like to sing lead, but when we record I blend in my voice to create a tight harmony sound.
Twist Online: Tell us about your achievements so far?
Jake Ward: We have worked really hard to get a tight sound and a set list of original songs that is full of energy and fun for people who come to our shows.
Twist Online: Do you work according to plans to achieve your goals?
Jake Ward: Musically, we do. We practice hard and put a lot of thought into our setlists. From a business standpoint, we are an independent band so we get gigs where we can and when we can.
It’s the hardest part of the job and very hard to plan. But, I am planning to plan more. It’s one of my main plans for the year.
Twist Online: You have been on top of texas chart recently. What’s your next target?
Jake Ward : Celebrating #1 at Brewster Street Ice House last month was an unforgettable night. Take My Hand was the first song I wrote for our album and we were blessed and blown away when it made #1
on the Texas regional chart. We are getting ready to release our next single, Lonely Street, and I love the song. We’re going to be featuring it in our shows. Ironically, the first show of our summer
touis April 28 when we return to Brewster Street Ice House in Corpus Christi!
Twist Online: What kind of music do you like?
Jake Ward: It’s easier for me to say “whose” music I like than it is to label it but I really like the music of people like Wade Bowen, Randy Rodgers, Zane Williams, Mario Flores, Bri Bagwell, George Strait,
Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, the list goes on.
Twist Online: What is the motivation behind your work?
Jake Ward: I love what I do and I realize the music business is hard to survive in as a livelihood. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunities I’ve enjoyed. It’s hard work, but I hope to make my career doing it because i love it.
Twist Online: Any project you are working on? When it will be released?
Jake Ward: We’re putting the finishing touches on Lonely Street and we will release it around the time of our Brewster Street show on April 28.
Twist Online : Are you on Social Media? Your fans would love to follow you.
Jake Ward : Sure! Just go to jakewardmusic.com and you’ll see our social media. Please like us and all that stuff — it makes a big difference!