|Birth name||Benjamin Evans Rector|
|Born||November 6, 1986|
|Origin||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Instruments||Piano, guitar, vocals|
Ben Rector (born November 6, 1986) is an American musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. His most recent record, The Walking In Between, was released in August 2013. Through word of mouth, his 2011 record, Something Like This charted at #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, and climbed above Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV to the #4 spot on iTunes albums overall, bested only by Lady Antebellum’s same day release, Coldplay, and Adele. In October 2013, Rector celebrated 100,000 records and 2 million singles sold.
Rector was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. took piano lessons as a small child but did not begin pursuing music seriously until he picked up guitar and later songwriting in high school. During his freshman year at the University of Arkansas he released a self-titled EP that featured the song “Conversation”, which went on to win the Grand Prize in the pop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2006. He is the youngest person ever to win the award for the pop category. The EP grew popular in surrounding states, and Rector began touring frequently on weekends and during breaks in the school year. In 2008 Rector released his first full-length record, Twenty Tomorrow, followed by Songs That Duke Wrote in 2009. In 2009 Rector was given the NAMA award for best singer songwriter in Northwest Arkansas. During his college career at the University of Arkansas he played approximately 200 shows. In June 2009 Rector moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting and to continue his career as an artist.
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Into the Morning (2009-2011)
Rector’s third studio album, Into the Morning, was released on February 16, 2010. The record peaked at #5 on the iTunes pop chart, #10 on the iTunes overall chart, and #11 on Billboard Magazine's Top Heatseekers chart. Following the release, Rector co-headlined the “Three Amigos Tour” with fellow Nashvillians Steve Moakler and Andrew Ripp. The rest of 2010 brought support slots with Dave Barnes and Five for Fighting, "The Beat Lives Forever" co-headline tour with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, and the “Feels Like Home” tour in Germany, organized by Johannes Strate of the German band Revolverheld. In the spring of 2011 Rector headlined the Midwest, supported fellow Nashville artist Matt Wertz’s “Weights & Wings” national release tour, and performed on the VH1 Best Cruise Ever with many artists including Train, The Script, Colbie Caillat and Lifehouse.
Something Like This (2011-2012)
Something Like This was released September 2011 and debuted at #1 on iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart and #4 on iTunes albums overall. In summer 2011, Rector co-produced Steve Moakler’s Watching Time Run. Following the release of Something Like This Rector headlined the “Good Time Tour” which spanned 25 cities with Andrew Belle and Graham Colton as support. Over half of the shows sold out in advance. Rector was featured as direct support for a US coast to coast tour with Needtobreathe during their “The Reckoning” Tour in early 2012.
Spring Tour 2013 ("The Rectour")
Starting March 20, 2013 at Common Grounds in Waco, Texas, The Rectour continued until May 11, 2013, with Alpha Rev as direct support for all dates. Rector toured through 32 cites and 2 Countries (United States & Canada). The tour included sold out dates in the following cities: Waco, Texas; College Station, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Norman, Oklahoma; Auburn, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Greenville, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; New York, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Chicago, Illinois. His 4-piece backing band included musicians Matthew Kidd (electric guitar), Cody Fry (guitar/keyboards), Kevin MacIntire (bass), and Jake Goss (drum set). In a nod to Elton John, Rector and his band earned the nickname Bennie & The Jets and opened every show with a slick cover of John's famed hit.
|2008||Songs That Duke Wrote|
|2010||Into the Morning|
|2011||Something Like This|
|2013||The Walking In Between|
|2009||Jingles and Bells|
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- Billboard: Ben Rector Is a Gimmick Free Pop 'Nobody'. Billboard.com. Posted: 09/25/2011. Retrieved on 02/23/2012.
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- The Salt Lake Tribune: VH1 Best Cruise Ever, featuring Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script, setting sail soon. sltrib.com
- NEEDTOBREATHE: The Reckoning Spring Tour 2012. needtobreathe.net