Nick Bayard is a writer, musician, artist, speaker, and specialist in the fields of education and governance. His work in Washington, DC, Paraguay, and Liberia has expanded access to high quality education for hundreds of children.
As a musician, Bayard has performed and recorded with three bands on three continents and is fast making a name for himself as one of the top solo performers and songwriters on the East Coast. He discovered bluegrass and acoustic Americana music on the floodplains of the Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming in 2005, and during his three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, he founded Paraguay's (then) only bluegrass band, Duck Soup. Bayard then moved to Washington, DC, where he formed The Family Hammer with Neal Humphrey and Ryan Wittke Lee. His biggest influences are Jalan Crossland, Gillian Welch, Doc Watson, Chris Smither, and Mississippi John Hurt. Bayard debuted as a solo artist in 2013 and released two solo albums - one is Americana/folk, and the other is children's folk - in March 2014 to critical acclaim.
Bayard has been featured as a speaker and performer on WAMU's Bluegrass Country Radio, the Communion Music showcase in Washington, DC, National Radio of Liberia, Sing Out! Radio, on WXPN's Kids Corner Radio, and at schools and government agencies around the world. He is the only two-time winner of the Harvard Kennedy School Talent Show, an Eagle Scout, the winner of the Ehret Congressional Art Award, and a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Bayard holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and lives in Washington state with his wife, Sedia Bayard.