After earning a Theater degree at Niagara University, Ward relocated to Boston in 2004, where he earned a living as a musician in various Boston bands and acting in various television commercials. He spent a year on the West Coast in 07-08, busking the
Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and playing shows at The Viper Room, Tangier, Brown Derby, and Rainbow Room in the Los Angeles area.
Ward returned to WNY in 2008 and formed his new band, Son of the Sun, with hometown friend Joe Stocker. The group would be named “A Band to Watch” by The Buffalo News music critic Jeff Miers. During its five year run, the band would play a number notable opening slots for acts like Our Lady Peace, Smash Mouth, The Trews, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Guess Who, Blue Oyster Cult, The Tea Party, Steven Page of The Barenaked Ladies, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, and more. Son of the Sun would go on to receive a number of accolades and awards including Best Original Band 2009 (Buffalo Spree), Best Indie Band 2011 (WBNY), Album of the Year 2011 – The Happy Loss (Artvoice). In addition to playing some of Western New York’s biggest stages and events including Thursday at the Square, Canalside Concert Series, Artpark, and Hard Rock Café Outdoor Summer Series, Son of the Sun performed sets at SXSW, NXNE, CMJ, and other various North American festivals.