Ben Rector

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Ben Rector
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Evans Rector
Born (1986-11-06) November 6, 1986 (age 32)
OriginTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
GenresPop rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsPiano, guitar, vocals
Years active2006–present

Benjamin Evans Rector (born November 6, 1986)[citation needed] is an American singer, songwriter and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. His most recent record, Magic,[1] was released in June 2018.[2]


Early life[edit]

Rector was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He took piano lessons as a child, but he did not pursue music until he picked up guitar in high school (Metro Christian Academy),[citation needed] which later led him to begin songwriting.[3]

During his first 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.[4] He is the youngest person ever to win the award for the pop category.[5] The EP grew popular in surrounding states, and Rector began touring frequently on weekends and during breaks in the school year.

Rector released his first full-length album Twenty Tomorrow in 2007 and its follow-up Songs That Duke Wrote in 2008.[6] During his college career at the University of Arkansas he played approximately 200 shows.

In April 2009 Rector was given the Northwest Arkansas Music Award (NAMA) for best male singer-songwriter in Northwest Arkansas.[7] In June 2009 Rector moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting and to continue his career as an artist.

Music career[edit]

Rector's third studio album, Into the Morning, was released on February 16, 2010 reached No. 11 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.[8][9] 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 early 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.[10]

Something Like This was released September 2011. In mid-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.[11]

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 cities and 2 countries (United States and 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 four-piece backing band included musicians Matthew Kidd (electric guitar), Cody Fry (guitar/keyboards), Kevin MacIntire (bass), and Jake Goss (drum set).[citation needed]

The Walking in Between was released on August 20, 2013.[12] It was partly produced by Jamie Kenney and Charlie Peacock and partially self-produced. It is the first release on Rector's own Aptly Named Recordings label. The album debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart.[13]

Rector toured with Needtobreathe, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Colony House for the first leg of the "Tour De Compadres" tour in early 2015.[14]

Rector released his sixth studio album, Brand New, on August 28, 2015, via Aptly Named Recordings. The album debuted No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 26,000 units and marking his first Top 10 album.[15] It also debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Top Current Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on Billboard Album Core Genre Rock chart, No. 6 on Billboard Album Sales chart, No. 3 on Billboard Top Current Digital Album Sales chart, and No. 1 on Billboard Top Folk Albums chart.[16][17] The title track received its first radio airplay support from Sirius XM's The Pulse channel, which discovered the song in August 2015.[18] In January 2016, he was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month[19] and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb where he live performed his single "Brand New".[20] On April 12, 2016, Rector performed "Brand New" live on Conan.[21] Rector made his Live with Kelly and Ryan debut on July 12, 2016. Rector released the music video for "Brand New" on August 18, 2016.[22] On November 24, 2016, Rector appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and was broadcast live on NBC nationwide.[23]As of 2018, "Brand New" has appeared in over 40 television placements including America's Got Talent, American Idol, Ellen DeGeneres Show, World of Dance, Heartland, Hawaii Five-O, and was also featured in the trailers for Edge of Seventeen and Disney's Moana.[24]

On June 22, 2018, Rector released his seventh studio album, Magic, which was led by its first single, "Drive".[25]

Magic debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums chart,[26] and peaked at No. 44 on the Billboard 200.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales



Twenty Tomorrow
  • Released: September 2007
  • Label: self-release
Songs That Duke Wrote
  • Released: December 4, 2008
  • Label: Aptly Named
Into the Morning
  • Released: February 16, 2010
  • Label: Aptly Named
Something Like This
  • Released: September 13, 2011
  • Label: Aptly Named
41 15 11
The Walking in Between
  • Released: August 20, 2013
  • Label: Aptly Named /ROAR
16 5 4 2
Brand New
  • Released: August 28, 2015
  • Label: Aptly Named
9 2 2 1
  • Released: June 22, 2018[32]
  • Label: OK Kid
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions



Live in Denver
  • Released: September 16, 2014
  • Label: Aptly Named /ROAR
139 40 25 3


Year Title
2006 Ben Rector
2009 Jingles and Bells
2010 Summer Candy


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  2. ^ "New Album 'Brand New' Available August 28!". Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Writer, JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene. "Tulsa native Ben Rector shoots to stardom on his own steam". Tulsa World. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "2006 Grand Prize Winners – Session I". The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "For Ben Rector, It's All About the Music | Arkansas Alumni Association's Blog". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Parker, Chris (April 3, 2013). "Ben Rector isn't in a hurry to release his new album". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Bartholomew, Dustin (April 24, 2009). "The 2009 NAMA Winners". Fayetteville Flyer. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  8. ^ Billboard: Ben Rector Is a Gimmick Free Pop 'Nobody'. Billboard. Posted: September 25, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  9. ^ Ben Rector: Family Friendly Archived June 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. April 9, 2010. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  10. ^ The Salt Lake Tribune: VH1 Best Cruise Ever, featuring Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script, setting sail soon. The Salt Lake Tribune
  11. ^ NEEDTOBREATHE: The Reckoning Spring Tour 2012 Archived December 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine..
  12. ^ "Ben Rector album review: 'The Walking In Between'". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Ryan. "Ben Rector Album Debuts at 16 on Billboard 200". LLC. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  14. ^ "Tour Dates". needtobreathe Official Website. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "On the Charts: The Weeknd Finds 'Beauty' at Number One". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  16. ^ "The Weeknd's New Album Debuts at Number One with an Impressive Sales Week". Forbes. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  17. ^ "The Week in Pop: Halsey's New Americana Might Actually Be A Real Demographic". Stereogum. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  18. ^ "Pulse-ating music new this week: Ben Rector, Taylor Swift and more!". Hear & Now. September 2, 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  19. ^ "Video: Ben Rector to perform on 'Today,' play first show at Oklahoma City's The Criterion". January 13, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "Ben Rector performs 'Brand New' on TODAY". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Ben Rector will be appearing on CONAN Tuesday, April 12th, 2016". TeamCoco. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  22. ^ Addiction, Alternative. "Ben Rector Flies Fans to Six Flags for 'Brand New' Music Video | Alternative Addiction". Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "Ben Rector, LunchMoney Lewis & More Earn Sales Gains After Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". Billboard. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  24. ^ "Listen In!". Neurology Now. 13 (4): 7. 2017. doi:10.1097/01.nnn.0000522194.42709.10. ISSN 1553-3271.
  25. ^ Whitmore, Laura B. "Exclusive Premiere: Listen Now to Ben Rector's Energetic New Song, 'Drive'". Parade. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  26. ^ "Ben Rector's New Album Magic Debuts No. 1 on Billboard's Americana/Folk Albums Chart". Shore Fire Media. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Ben Rector Chart History: "Billboard 200"". Billboard.
  28. ^ a b "Ben Rector Album & Song Chart History: "Top Rock Albums"". Billboard.
  29. ^ a b "Ben Rector Album & Song Chart History: "Independent Albums"". Billboard.
  30. ^ a b "Ben Rector Album & Song Chart History: "Folk Albums"". Billboard.
  31. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 19, 2015.
  32. ^ "Magic by Ben Rector on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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