Michelle Branch

From hairstylist to emerging voice in rock, Lauren Ruth Ward returns to Baltimore with Ottobar show

From hairstylist to emerging voice in rock, Lauren Ruth Ward returns to Baltimore with Ottobar show

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...

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