Lauren Ruth Ward is a force to be reckoned with in her new single and video “Wise Gal,” premiered today via Billboard. Headstrong with powerful vocals in tow, she reflects on previously internalized lack of confidence she once held about calling herself a musician, proclaiming in the track’s chorus: “…don’t want to be with you man, I want to be in the band.” Lauren also recently announced a national fall tour with Melanie Martinez that will kick off onOctober 15. First Europe / UK tour to follow with dates announced soon.
Lauren: “‘Years before I came out of the closet as a musician I was just a show going hairstylist to the artists I admired. I look back at those times and remember the attitude I had towards myself which was more than just a lack of confidence. It was a reflection of the men I was dating who drank the patriarchy’s cool-aid combined with the lack of women musicians in my community (I see, I do). This was 2004-2011. Today this experience is overplayed, a bright note. “Wise Gal” is about my realization that young Lauren surrounded herself with all things music to band-aid the thought of not being able to become a musician herself. It took her (us) a long time to listen to the voice that said ‘you are more than capable and you are your own support system!’. Nicol Biesek and Dri Sommer’s satirical approach to binary gender chores combined with my need to emote deep-seeded frustrations on this traumatic concept felt perfectly cathartic. This is my favorite music video I’ve done so far.”