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James Ward was born in southern Illinois, fifth child of a Presbyterian minister in a family which loves music. His innovative music has influenced the church since 1970. He has toured North America and Europe as a recording artist and singer-songwriter. He has recorded 15 albums and written several hit contemporary praise songs.

He resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife Beth. They married in 1972 right after graduating from Covenant College. They have two children and eight grandchildren. He holds a BA in music from Covenant College (1972) and a Masters in Music in jazz performance from the University of Tennessee (1996).

James has served the diverse musical needs of his home church, New City Fellowship PCA, beginning in 1971. From 2002 until 2017 he was the full-time music director in this church and has trained many music interns for the difficult job of music director in cross cultural churches.

James has distinguished himself as a band leader and worship director for several Christian conventions including the National Youth Worker's Convention, Jubilee Convention in Pittsburgh, and the Creation Festival in Pennsylvania.

In the 1970s through the 1990s he distinguished himself as a band leader and worship director for several Christian conventions including the National Youth Worker’s Convention, Jubilee Convention in Pittsburgh and the Creation Festival in Pennsylvania. For five years he was a choral director, band director and general music teacher at Chattanooga Christian School. Lately he has been teaching jazz piano and ensemble at Covenant College and at Lee University.

BIG WONDERFUL WORLD!

BIG, WONDERFUL WORLD is an album about, and for, children. But this is not campy kids stuff, it's vintage James Ward tunes like All Forgiven, In the Stable and Big Wonderful World; brand new songs like Bubblegum, By Myself and Battle of Joshua.

Get it NOW, in time for Christmas, at our Music Shop!

PLUS you can find all the lyrics right HERE!

DIGITAL RE-MASTERS

James Ward's classic, Mourning to Dancing, and the powerful No Violence albums have now been digitally re-mastered. Joining the latest versions of Faith Takes A Vision & Good Advice, these four, carefully re-mastered, albums will bring a fresh sonic quality and clarity into your James Ward collection. They're available in our Music Shop or on iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets.

ROCK OF AGES

James Ward performing the melody he composed for the Toplady hymn.

Enjoy.