Gordon Thomas Ward

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Bios: 50-word, 100-word, 250-word, and Full

50-word Bio

Gordon paints musical portraits that plumb the depths of our emotions and bring the past to life while pointing to a hope-filled future. His listeners travel mystical and historical roads, winding through lush, sonic landscapes filled with seacoasts, ghosts, history, rivers, coffee shop waitresses, and railroad engineers, leaving audiences inspired!


100-word Bio

Gordon paints musical portraits that plumb the depths of our emotions and bring the past to life while pointing to a hope-filled future. His listeners travel mystical and historical roads, winding through lush, sonic landscapes filled with seacoasts, ghosts, history, rivers, coffee shop waitresses, and railroad engineers. Employing his experience as a writer, paranormal investigator, radio host, and storyteller, his fans often comment on Gordon’s knack for establishing an endearing relationship with them through his extraordinary and captivating words and music. His song stylings linger in the mind like cherished dreams. At the end of Gordon’s performances, audiences leave inspired!

250-word Bio

Gordon paints musical portraits that plumb the depths of our emotions and bring the past to life while pointing to a hope-filled future. His listeners travel mystical and historical roads, winding through lush, sonic landscapes filled with seacoasts, ghosts, history, rivers, coffee shop waitresses, and railroad engineers. Employing his experience as a teacher, writer, paranormal investigator, storyteller, group facilitator, and radio host, it’s no wonder that his fans often comment on Gordon’s knack for establishing an endearing relationship with them through his extraordinary and captivating words and music. At the end of his performances, audiences leave inspired!

His songs have led him to work with notable musicians such as Eric Troyer (The Orchestra (ELO), John Lennon, Billy Joel), William J. Hall (Frostwater and Pete Seeger), and Carolann Solebello (Red Molly and No Fuss and Feathers), share the stage with Christine Lavin and the duo Nalani & Sarina, and often be selected by The Boxcar Lilies – one of his favorite Americana bands – to open for them.

When he’s not composing songs and penning lyrics, Gordon has written prose and is the author of four published books: Life on the Shoulder, A Bit of Earth, Ghosts of Central Jersey, and Tracing Infinity. He writes a regular column for The Black River Journal magazine, hosts a radio show These Days on WDVR (www.wdvrfm.org). Gordon also lectures on several topics, and as an artist interested in social issues, he produced and performed in a Concert Across America to End Gun Violence in September 2016.


Full Bio (810 words)

It began in an historic, haunted house with a pen and a guitar and led to many creative offerings that will "rekindle the wonder" in each and every one of you. Gordon paints musical portraits that plumb the depths of our emotions and bring the past to life while pointing to a hope-filled future. His listeners travel mystical and historical roads, winding through lush, sonic landscapes filled with seacoasts, ghosts, history, rivers, coffee shop waitresses, and railroad engineers. Employing his experience as a teacher, writer, paranormal investigator, storyteller, group facilitator, and radio host, it’s no wonder that his fans have commented on Gordon’s knack for establishing an endearing relationship with them through his extraordinary and captivating words and music. At the end of his performances, audiences leave inspired!

Gordon got his first guitar at the age of eleven and combined his love of the instrument with his passion for writing, having discovered at an early age that putting pen to paper freed his voice. His song stylings have been influenced by the works of Dan Fogelberg, Neil Young, and Jackson Browne, yet they occupy a space all their own and linger in the mind like cherished dreams. As a solo artist and troubadour performing on guitar and dulcimer, Gordon utilizes multiple instruments in his shows to illustrate his lyric messages with a variety of tonal colors. His songs have led him to work with notable musicians such as Eric Troyer (The Orchestra (ELO), John Lennon, Billy Joel), William J. Hall (Frostwater and Pete Seeger), and Carolann Solebello (Red Molly and No Fuss and Feathers), share the stage with Christine Lavin and the duo Nalani & Sarina, and be selected by The Boxcar Lilies—one of his favorite Americana bands—to open for them.

Described as “a musical storybook” Gordon’s record Welcome to the Past is a collection of original, acoustic songs that feature his penchant for thoughtful storytelling and emotional revelation in a variety of ballads, story-songs, and anthems performed in a folk rock style and flavored with just the right amount of tenderness and sensitivity. Gordon is working on a new record for 2017, which will also reflect his profound approach to telling the stories of our collective hearts and journeys through song.

Gordon meanders between the worlds of ghosts, God, art, and adventure. A songwriter since the age of fourteen, Gordon was raised in a historic home in rural New Jersey that was haunted, resulting in a life-long interest in investigating ghosts and 40+ years of experience in the field of paranormal investigation. In fact, his knowledge and research in this area, and his ability to articulate and share his findings with others, may lead to his own television show about ghosts in 2017. Gordon has also worked as a screen printer, an English and history teacher, and a ministry programs director. He’s even had his own experiential adventure company facilitating programs with groups as varied as victims of domestic violence, corporations, school groups, and the U.S. Army. For many years, Gordon led a program to assist a poverty stricken area of Appalachia in eastern Kentucky.

When he’s not composing songs and penning lyrics, Gordon has written prose and is the author of four published books. Life on the Shoulder details his retracing 1800 miles of the Lewis and Clark Trail by bicycle, foot, and canoe. A Bit of Earth is part memoir and part historical record of the area where Gordon spend his childhood. Ghosts of Central Jersey discusses the history and paranormal events at six historic sites. Tracing Infinity: Bridging the Gap between Earth and Heaven encourages readers to explore how close our lives are to the source of our existence. Readers in northern New Jersey look forward to his regular column Meanderings in The Black River Journal magazine. Fans of radio can listen to Gordon’s radio show These Days every Monday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at www.wdvrfm.org and enjoy an eclectic assortment of guests ranging from musicians and ... to winemakers and chocolatiers. With such an interesting and varied past, Gordon also presents highly-acclaimed lectures on several topics. As an artist interested in social issues, Gordon produced and performed in a Concert Across America to End Gun Violence in September 2016.

Gordon finds rejuvenation and inspiration along the coast of Maine where he’s visited regularly since he was a child. Unscheduled moments in New Jersey often find Gordon tending to the meadow behind his house or playing one of his guitars on his porch, just yards from the route where the fabled, and some say haunted, Rockaway Valley Railroad used to run.