Jim Ward (born September 19, 1976 in El Paso, Texas) is the lead vocalist, guitarist and leader of the band Sparta. A self-taught guitarist and pianist, he was also the co-founder of the seminal (and now defunct) post-hardcore band At the Drive-In.
While in At the Drive-In, Ward played guitar and sang backup vocals, as well as playing piano and keyboards on select songs.
When At the Drive-In parted ways due to creative differences in 2001, Jim Ward recruited most of its former members, apart from Omar and Cedric, while adding hometown friend Matt Miller on bass to form the band Sparta. At the Drive in’s breakup apparently bruised his friendship with Cedric Zavala and Omar Lopez as stated in an interview for MTV.
They soon released an EP, entitled Austere, and followed with their first album Wiretap Scars. However on May 25th, 2003, he endured the tragic loss of his cousin, Jeremy Ward, who was then performing as “sound manipulator” for Omar and Cedric’s band, The Mars Volta.
Ward finally overcame this personal loss and used it as fuel for Sparta’s second album, Porcelain, which contains tracks such as “Death in the Family” and “Travel By Bloodline”.
Ward prefers Gibson guitars and Park amplifiers.
He has an alternative-country sideproject called SleeperCar, where he also plays guitar and sings lead vocals. Jim has appeared on the compilation album “My Favourite Song Writers” with the track “These Years”.
Ward is currently sharing lead vocals with Keeley Davis on their single “Taking Back Control” from the forthcoming album “Threes”, and can be heard on their myspace site.
Jim Ward has a musical side project with Bobby Byrd, a nationally recognized poet and publisher from El Paso, Texas. Jim writes the music behind Byrd’s spoken poetry. http://www.myspace.com/howwillweknow
Jim Ward also writes for the El Paso weekly alternative magazine What’s Up, in a column entitled “From the End of this Pen”.
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