Today’s Daily Feature is “The Way Is Already Made” by Retro Soul / Americana artist Elder Jack Ward featuring Elizabeth King. Even though I now live in Japan, I grew up in the United States. There, I listened to so many different kinds of musical genres. One of my favorite genres is the gospel, which I sang in a chorus during college. What I love about gospel is the groovy melodies, the call and responses, and the upbeat tempo. I really love that gospel gets people really involve, either by dancing or singing or something else. It could leave a positive mark on someone with their uplifting, upbeat melodies but could also get them involved with various methods.
Elder Jack Ward’s “The Way Is Already Made” is a tune that has the very same characteristics in gospel music that I love so much. This retro soul/gospel tune will get listeners to clap along and maybe dance too with its buoyant, groovy tempo from the first beat. The melody is a catchy yet inviting one and is easy enough for the listener to join in the chorus with the call and response. The final thing that makes this song so infectious is Elder Jack Ward’s soulful, passionate vocals. One shouldn’t miss the way he inserts his own personal touch on each note. It makes for a fabulous listen!
One shouldn’t miss out on “The Way Is Already Made” as it is such an irresistible tune that will get up and clapping (and maybe dancing around or singing) in no time! Make sure to check out the song below and let me know what you think in the comments!
About the Artist: Elder Jack Ward
Memphis gospel singer Elder Jack Ward was born in the land where the blues began, the often mythologized Mississippi Delta, but as his new Bible and Tire album Already Made aptly demonstrates, the area’s gospel heritage is every bit as rich as its secular counterpart. “I was born in the country and I would hear Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, all of the guys — and I used to patronize them, and sing like them a little bit, but I came back to my roots. I used to do a lot of blues singing but I broke from that and got into the gospel.
“I grew up around Itta Bena, Mississippi, that’s about six miles from Greenwood, and I used to sing with a group there called the Kings Of The South. I did a lot of singing, but I was a farm boy, worked on the farm. I chopped cotton, picked cotton, drove mules with a one-row planter. But music’s been in me since I was about seven or eight years old when I first tried to sing.
My mother, my father, and my two sisters would be in the cotton field and I did a little song called ‘I Woke Up This Morning’ — I didn’t know how to put it together but my mother said, ‘Hey, boy! I don’t want you singin’ no blues.’”
What she couldn’t have known then was that a journey to Memphis when Ward was a teenager would inadvertently insure that he would take the right road. “My mom came up here to see her grandmother. I was sixteen at the time. And I said to myself, ‘When I turn eighteen I’m coming back to Memphis and make me a hit record.’ And I did.”
“I have pretty good talent, I can just about sing anything anyone else sings. I never bragged on myself but this was a gift from God and the Bible says, ‘A gift comes without repentance.’ In other words, you don’t have to be a Christian to be able to sing. If you’ve got that God-given gift you can do it — your choice if you want to sing rock ’n’ roll, blues, gospel — but I choose the right side.” And thank God he did.
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