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Johnny Word, born John David Ward, was raised and still resides in East-Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A five hour drive from "the 6", Johnny currently resides in Vanier, one of Ottawa's more infamous hoods... more
Johnny Word, born John David Ward, was raised and still resides in East-Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A five hour drive from "the 6", Johnny currently resides in Vanier, one of Ottawa's more infamous hoods (more so for its hookers, run down buildings and vagrants than anything else), only a 15 min drive from Prime-Minister Justin Trudeau's Estate and Canadian Parliament itself. Johnny has been passionate about hip-hop from an early age and began writing and recording on his fathers karaoke stereo around the age of 13. Free-styling in parks and back alleys late into the night and performing at local fairs and high-school talent shows. Johnny was perfecting his craft. But at some point Johnny got discouraged, this was a different age, the MySpace days as he calls it, when although self-promotion was a thing it was rarely executed to any kind of level of high success. Especially, in a city like Ottawa, home to acts like Alannis Morsette, it isn't only rare but virtually unheard of for a hip-hop act to gain any kind of significant fame or acknowledgement. Knowing this and the seeming lack of interest in his music from close friends and family, had him convinced his dreams were impossible. Although he never stopped recording and investing in new equipment for his home diy studio, which he still uses a version of today, Johnny admits he never really had the courage or moral support to pursue his music as a career full on. Making tracks with his free time while other, "more realistic" goals were perused. 2.5 years of University, a whole lot of late nights, hustling and odd part-time jobs and Johnny finally settled in as a Roofing Contractor at the age of 22. Three kids, a lot of baby momma drama, and 7 moves later. Johnny had slowly built a contracting company with 3 trucks, 4 trailers and 12 employees. Life was looking up, finally achieving some level of marginal success Johnny was ready to takeover Ottawa's contracting industry. But his hunger got the best of him and in the winter of 2015, he took a big contract from large condo corporation, who took advantage of the size of his business, withholding and tying up his payments until he went bankrupt. After loosing everything he owned and had worked for, including a small clothing shop in his local neighborhood, Johnny was at his wits end. "When my trucks got repossessed, that was when it became real for me, the bills had been piling up, but those trucks where a symbol of my success. It took a while but I had to realized that there was more to life. I realized life is to short and unpredictable not to follow your dreams."