MADISEN WARD & THE MAMA BEAR
NEW SINGLE ‘CHILDHOOD GOODBYE’ AVAILABLE NOW
WATCH NEW VIDEO
Kansas City mother and son duo Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear are back with a brand new single ‘Childhood Goodbye’. The track represents their first new music since 2015’s UK Top 50 debut album ‘Skeleton Crew’. Produced by three-time Grammy Award Winning Producer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue, Shania Twain) ‘Childhood Goodbye’ is “a song all about growing up, leaving your childhood behind, feeling nostalgia for the past, but ultimately knowing that your past has shaped you into who you are today.”
The video for ‘Childhood Goodbye’ debuted on Rolling Stone Country and was produced with HITRECORD which is a community sourced production company founded by actor and director Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The company, of which Ward is a member, is made up of over 650,000 artists from all over the world, and growing all the time. Says Gordon-Levitt, “Madisen joined HITRECORD years ago, back in the early days, and I always loved his music, but it was extremely different from what he does as Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. His contributions would range from a surreal muppet-like falsetto about a sad king to a dark, underground-style rap about the blood of wolves. Then, once he blew up, he kept this different side of his creative self alive and running wild undercover on our site. So it’s all the more special that he wanted to make the video for his new Mama Bear song with us. I think a lot of people in the community were really touched, and I was too.”
Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Ruth Ward was a gigging folk and soul musician in the Midwest, who even managed to put out a record. But those musical aspirations were set aside once family came into the picture. “My mom started to become a fan of the things that I was writing. She would tell me, ‘Hey, I’m gonna take a break during this show. You should go up and play a couple songs,’” Madisen said. “It just kept blossoming from there. I started playing on the songs that my mom was doing, she started playing on my original songs, and the songs just started to take shape more and more and kind of almost develop their own sound. It wasn’t so much her taking a break anymore, it was just the two of us going up there and playing.”
This blurring eventually became popular enough that the two were playing serious gigs. Eventually, they came to a crossroads. That was the beginning for the mother and son folk duo. The two furiously went to work, writing songs and touring to get their music out. Aside from the passion that came from songwriting and hitting the road, perhaps the greatest joy for the 26-year-old Madisen is giving his mum a second chance.
Before signing to Glassnote Records, Madisen and Ruth Ward would perform at coffeehouses around Kansas City. They soon found themselves performing on Later with Jools Holland and appearing on BBC Breakfast, releasing the top 50 album ‘Skeleton Crew’ in May 2015. Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear are currently working on more new music, which they are excited to share soon.