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LOS ANGELES, CA. 06/16/14- Sydney Ward, musically known as Sunny War is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Los Angeles 13 years ago. She has received much attention from various notables for her music. She has opened for artist such as Booker T Jones, Keb’ Mo’, Madeleine Peyroux, JJ Grey & Mofro, Mindy Smith, The Levon Helm Band, Eliza Gilkyson and Nagite Agindotan (Fela Kuti’s Africa 70) among others.
The Cal. Plaza Grand Performances concert will be the second time both artist share the stage. In 2009 Sunny War was invited backstage to meet Kidjo before her show at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. After Sunny played couple of songs for Angelique, the four times Grammy nominee invited her to be the opening act of the night.
Angelique Kidjo has been called “Africa’s Premier Diva” by Time Magazine and the BBC included her in the list of the “50 Most Iconic Figures in Africa”. The Guardian listed her as one of the “Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World” and she was also the first woman to be listed on Forbes Magazine’s “40 Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa”.
Sunny War has recorded two solo acoustic EP’s and one acoustic album. In 2009 she released a 15 song acoustic album titled “Sheep”, it was released only through social media. In 2011 and 2013 she self-released digitally the EP’s “Acoustic Sessions I” and “Worthless” respectively.
With 23 years, 25 US cities played and an international touring career that began in 2013 by playing five shows in Colombia and five in Brazil, Sunny War started to think on her next musical challenge. The touring and travel experiences helped her mature and polish her unique sound. There was an evolution, she wanted to play as a band to open new grounds and possibilities for her music.
In late 2013 Sunny War recorded in Miami, Florida her first non-acoustic album titled “Red, White & Blue”. Brian Rodriguez, her bandmate for 8 years in the folk-punk duo “Anus Kings” is on bass. Javier Delgado plays the drums; Delgado is the drummer of Miami’s two times Grammy nominated band Locos Por Juana.
The album was produced by Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Marthin Chan and mixed by Sebastian Peyrecabe, 2013 Grammy Winner for Best Engineered Album. The full length will feature nine songs with band and six acoustic recordings (vocals/guitar). “Red, White & Blue” is set for release on summer/fall 2014.