Ben Rector

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Ben Rector
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Evans Rector
Born (1986-11-08) November 8, 1986 (age 30)
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Piano, guitar, vocals
Years active 2006–present

Benjamin Evans Rector (born November 8, 1986)[citation needed] is an American singer, songwriter and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. His most recent record, Brand New,[1] was released in August 2015.[2] Rector has independently sold over 250,000 albums and 2 million single-song downloads.[citation needed]


Early life (Beginnings to 2009)[edit]

Rector was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received piano lessons , but he did not pursue music seriously until he picked up guitar (and later, songwriting) in high school.

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

While at Arkansas, Rector was a member of BYX.

Rector released his first full-length album Twenty Tomorrow in 2007 and its follow-up Songs That Duke Wrote in 2008.[4] 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.[5] In June 2009 Rector moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting and to continue his career as an artist.

Into the Morning and Something Like This (2010–2012)[edit]

Rector’s third studio album, Into the Morning, was released on February 16, 2010 reached No. 11 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.[6][7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

The Walking in Between (2013–2015)[edit]

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] In a nod to Elton John, Rector and his band earned the nickname Bennie & The Jets and opened every show with a cover of John's famed hit.[citation needed]

The Walking in Between was released on August 20, 2013.[citation needed] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Brand New (2015–present)[edit]

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 biggest sales week to date and his first Top 10 album.[12] 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.[13][14] The title track received its first radio airplay support from Sirius XM's The Pulse channel, which discovered the song in August 2015.[citation needed] In January 2016, he was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month[citation needed] and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where he performed live his single "Brand New".[citation needed] Rector released the music video for "Brand New" on August 18, 2016.[citation needed]



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
"—" 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


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "New Album 'Brand New' Available August 28!". Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2006 Grand Prize Winners – Session I". The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ Parker, Chris (April 3, 2013). "Ben Rector isn't in a hurry to release his new album". Charleston City Paper. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ Bartholomew, Dustin (April 24, 2009). "The 2009 NAMA Winners". Fayetteville Flyer. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ Billboard: Ben Rector Is a Gimmick Free Pop 'Nobody'. Posted: September 25, 2011. Retrieved on February 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Ben Rector: Family Friendly Archived June 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. April 9, 2010. Retrieved on September 5, 2011.
  8. ^ The Salt Lake Tribune: VH1 Best Cruise Ever, featuring Train, Lifehouse, Colbie Caillat, The Script, setting sail soon.
  9. ^ NEEDTOBREATHE: The Reckoning Spring Tour 2012 Archived December 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine..
  10. ^ Ryan. "Ben Rector Album Debuts at 16 on Billboard 200". LLC. Archived from the original on September 26, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tour Dates - needtobreathe". needtobreathe Official Website. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ "On the Charts: The Weeknd Finds 'Beauty' at Number One". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Weeknd's New Album Debuts At Number One With An Impressive Sales Week". Forbes. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Week In Pop: Halsey’s New Americana Might Actually Be A Real Demographic". Stereogum. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Ben Rector Album & Song Chart History: "Billboard 200"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  16. ^ a b "Ben Rector Album & Song Chart History: "Top Rock Albums"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  17. ^ a b "Ben Rector Album & Song Chart History: "Independent Albums"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  18. ^ a b "Ben Rector Album & Song Chart History: "Folk Albums"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  19. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 19, 2015. 

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