Chris Thomas

Lauren Ruth Ward is the Raspy, Queer Soul Singer We Deserve

Chris Thomas
Lauren Ruth Ward is the Raspy, Queer Soul Singer We Deserve

Lauren Ruth Ward had a beautiful life. Settled comfortable into Baltimore, Maryland, the hairdresser was making “a shit-ton of money,” had a man who loved her, an apartment, friends, and hundreds of clients but despite all of this, Ward made the decision one day to throw it all away, pack up, and move to Los Angeles—and thank god she did. I caught up with the singer to talk about the albums that shaped her childhood, repressing her sexuality in Baltimore, and the story behind her self-love song, “Make Love to Myself.”