Christopher Ward has written songs for Diana Ross, Hilary Duff, Wynonna Judd, The Backstreet Boys, Tina Arena, Amanda Marshall, Roch Voisine and many others. His best-known song is the worldwide #1 hit for Alannah Myles, ‘Black Velvet’. He received the Juno award for ‘Songwriter of the Year’ in 1990.
In 1984, after a stint in the Second City Touring Company, Ward helped launch MuchMusic as Canada’s first ‘VJ’. As a songwriter, Ward contributed twenty songs over four seasons to the soundtrack of the hit CTV series ‘Instant Star’, as well as writing songs for both Degrassi feature films, the latest Degrassi ‘The Next Class’ and Cirque du Soleil’s “Banana Shpeel”. His songs have been performed on ‘Idol’ shows around the world.
‘Black Velvet’ has also recently been featured on CBC’s ‘Battle of the Blades’, NBC’s ‘The Voice’, Fox hit comedy ‘New Girl’ and Grand Theft Auto V.
Ward’s has written three novels. His latest book, ‘Is This Live? Inside the Wild Early Years of MuchMusic’, was published by Random House Canada in October of 2016.
Ward is currently co-hosting ‘Famous Lost Words’, a radio show and podcast featuring the ‘best interviews you’ve never heard’, with radio producer Tom Jokic.