Taking stock of her life in 2014, Lauren Ruth Ward saw all positive signs: a loving boyfriend, a healthy bank account and a growing reputation as an Ellicott City hairstylist. It was, as she put it, “a beautiful life that most people would be very lucky to have.”
And yet there was a nagging feeling of complacency she could no longer ignore.
“I couldn’t shake wanting something different or more,” Ward said on the phone earlier this week. “So I cleared the slate.”
With a plan to turn a songbook of lyrics into a career, Ward left Fells Point at the start of 2015 for Los Angeles, where the 29-year-old singer-songwriter released her debut album, “Well, Hell,” via Weekday...