San Diego native Ian Ward has been playing Romeo in “Baz” at the Palazzo Theatre for simply five months, however he’s currently discovered a lot about Las Vegas and even discovered some inspiration here.
“Being from San Diego, Vegas was constantly the weekend getaway. Even when I was a kid, my parents brought me for my birthday and we did the indoor sky diving and Circus Circus, but I never understood Vegas had a lot to offer,” states the vocalist, songwriter and actor.
His brand-new single “Desert Rain,” a sultry rock song, was motivated by his Vegas experiences and will be included on the complete album he’s composing and recording with prepare for a release later on this year.
“When I’m writing I do not think about what sort of genre the tune is going to be, it just winds up having a particular sound,” says Ward. “I’m influenced by a broad spectrum of artists so the music is going to released a broad sound. ‘Desert Rain’ is certainly influenced by being here and I believe the bass and tune has a sort of Sting or Coldplay vibe, while other tunes are more electro-pop or classic ’70s four-piece rock.”
Ward states his musical tastes are rooted in his daddy’s vinyl collection, music from the 1960s through the 1980s. However his experiences onstage with musical comedy have likewise affected his own songwriting and creativity.
“That’s why I like ‘Baz’ a lot, which has this fantastic combination of pop music,” he states. “When I first arrived, it was my job to enter this cohesive unit and bring what I might to the character, and for the first few weeks it was a whirlwind. And now after five months I believe I’m fitting into the character and making it my own, and absolutely more comfortable.”
Ward has actually also performed in “American Moron” at La Mirada Theatre in Los Angeles and in “Rock of Ages” on Norwegian Cruise Lines to name a few productions throughout his 15-year profession. He’s been composing his own music for about five years and is now fitting recording sessions into his chaotic, six-night show schedule while likewise pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music.
He’s likewise performed around town at the Tuscany, on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York and at Bailiwick at the Orleans. “Today I’m creating a live program I can pitch to places around Las Vegas and working on a setlist that will include a few of these original tracks,” he says.