Cyd Ward - Bio
Originally from Seattle, Cyd's formative years included music of all styles, many of which subtly found their way into her songs. Playing everything from the recorder (which she still plays), to the saxophone and the piano most of her life, she recently became enamored of the acoustical stringed instruments. A poet since her early years, her songwriting was instigated by the gift of a guitar a few years ago. Cyd lives for harmony and performs as often as she can with her musical peers. You can also hear her backup vocals and recorder on several area musicians' recordings.
Delivered in a unique and beautiful voice that is at once sensuous and innocent, passionate and pensive, Cyd's songs dip their toes in the muddy waters of relationships and swim naked upstream to tackle raw emotions. In true singer/songwriter tradition, she is equally comfortable with a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the gender gap, comparing falling in love to a common phobia, or chronicling the trickle down effects of violence in modern society.
Cyd performs regularly at venues throughout Florida (Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, Chocolate Moose in Ft. Lauderdale) and at schools (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's "Arts & Letters Series", Stetson University), coffeehouses, house concerts, clubs (The Broken Spoke, Douglas Corner in Nashville), concert series (Leu Gardens, Langford Park in Orlando, Hickman Theater in Gulfport, Sarasota Art Center in Sarasota), festivals (South Florida Folk Festival, Gamble Rogers Festival, Suwannee Springfest, Wings & Strings, etc.), and fairs. She has opened for Cosy Sheridan, Jack Williams, David Mallett, Greg Trooper, and Marc-Alan Barnett, and has shared the stage with Bob Rafkin, Harvey Reid, and many area performers.
has also been a finalist in national songwriting contests such as the
Kerrville New Folk, South Florida Folk Festival, and Unisong International
song contests, and winner in the Suwannee Springfest, Great American Song
Contest, and Songwriters Showcase of America competitions. Her songs have
received national airplay on Rich Warren's "Midnight Special"
program out of Chicago and Roz & Howard's "Folkscene",
and were awarded WTKS's Philip's Phile "Pick of the Week" when
her "Between The Lines" CD was released this spring. She has
also appeared live as a featured artist on WMFE's "Arts Connection"
with Patricia Madden, WFIT's "FM Odyssey" with Fred Migliori
and "Java" John, WMNF's "Sunday Folk Show" with Bill
Dudley, WPRK's "Acoustic Highway" with Paul Gerardi, and has
had frequent airplay on many other local stations.