Great Wall of China – Original Song

Here’s a song I wrote with Anje Dowler and Scott Southworth back a few years ago. I randomly started playing the guitar part today and remembered it…I needed to sing it then…of course 😉

Great Wall of China
Ben Ward, Anje Dowler, Scott Southworth

You let me get close, but you won’t let me in
You block my approach with a suspicious grin
I’ve circled your fortress, hoping to find
A crack in your armor…just the slightest sign

The Great Wall of China
Yeah, The Great Wall of China…
Aint got nothing on you

The work is impressive, must have taken some time
To build those bricks up so strong and so high
But what have you gained in your prison of stone
You may be safe but you’re all alone, and


They say a little faith tumbled Jericho’s walls
I’ll keep believing always catch you when you fall

It’s alright you don’t have to be scared
You’re not alone baby I’ve been there
You can escape that mountain of fear
Take a step out, watch it disappear


Songs from #20to20

Today is Olivia and I’s twentieth anniversary! Over on Instagram I have been posting a photo and song lyrics from the songs I’ve written for her over the years. Below is a playlist of the songs! They vary widely in quality and time period…haha. But they are the songs for your listening pleasure. Check out the posts over on Instagram.

The Sound and the Stirring is Out!

So excited to celebrate the release of this EP! Available everywhere!

SpotifyiTunesApple MusicGoogle PlayAmazon

I also have some physical copies if you’d like to order…


  1. The Sound and the Stirring
    Ben Ward: Songwriter, Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitars
    Alberto Vaz: Mix Engineer, Electric Guitars, Synth
    Edgar Meeks: Drums
    Pete Coco: Bass
    Shaun Stols: Assistant Engineer
  2. This Changes Everything
    Ben Ward: Songwriter, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
    Sebastian Danalis: Songwriter
    Alberto Vaz: Mix Engineer
    Jonathan Mix: Tracking Engineer, Pads, Vocals
    Luke Kutler: Assistant Engineer
    Edgar Meeks: Drums
    Steve Osorio: Bass
    Mike Fenimore: Electric Guitars, Rhodes
    Sara Ciotti: Voclas
  3. Your Name
    Ben Ward: Songwriter, Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitars
    Alberto Vaz: Mix Engineer, Acoustic Guitars, Synth
    Edgar Meeks: Drums
    Pete Coco: Bass
    Shaun Stols: Assistant Engineer
  4. Become Us
    Ben Ward: Songwriter, Piano, Vocals
    Alberto Vaz: Mix Engineer
  5. Christmas Anthem (Sacred Harp)
    Ben Ward: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
    Alberto Vaz: Mix Engineer
    Stephanie Osorio: Vocals
    Sara Ciotti: Vocals

Making Room – New Song for Advent

The Advent idea of “making room for Jesus” has been hitting me a lot in this season. The message this week at our church was on Revelation 3 where Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock.” These two ideas collided for me in this new song. Making room for Jesus as King. Making room for Jesus as Lord. May He crowd out everything else!

Thanks Stephanie White and Sara Ciotti for singing with me!

Chord Chart in E

Making Room (let every heart)
Written by Ben Ward

let every heart prepare Him room
my soul, my strength, my life consumed

I’m making room
For You my King
To overtake my heart
Move everything
That doesn’t belong
In this place
Crowding out Your goodness
Keeping grace
from overflowing from my mouth
Overrunning through my hands
From joining with Your mercy
To see and understand
In this season, in this time
I hear the knocking, the surprise
Of You seeking me
May You find me


I’m making room
For You my Lord
To rule in all Your power
Kingdom restored
Change governments
Take Your throne
I’m laying down my claims,
My rights to what I own
You’re righteous in Your rule
From first to the last
Holy in Your judgment
The future from the past
We’re swinging wide the gates
We’re watching and we wait
For Your glory
May You find me