Ben Tankard

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Ben Tankard
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Background information
Birth name Benjamin Tankard
Also known as Godfather of Gospel Jazz
Born (1964-01-10) January 10, 1964 (age 54)
Origin Daytona Beach, Florida
Genres Gospel, jazz, Contemporary Gospel, Smooth jazz
Occupation(s) Motivational Speaker, producer, arranger, pianist
Instruments Keyboard, piano, guitar, tuba, trumpet
Years active 1990s-present
Labels Tribute (Ben-Jamin' Universal), Verity / Sony Music Entertainment,
Associated acts Gerald Albright, Take 6, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Whalum, Wayman Tisdale
Ben and Jewel Tankard receiving Stellar Award

Ben Tankard (born January 10, 1964) is a 6'6" former professional basketball player and an American gospel, jazz keyboardist producer, bestselling author, recording artist, and songwriter with over 300 songs recorded, earning 15 Stellar Awards (the highest of any musician), fifteen gold and six platinum records in his career to date. Tankard and his wife Jewel donate their time as non-salary senior pastors of Destiny Center Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Tankard is also a motivational speaker for the National Basketball Association D-League and a reality television co-star with the Bravo show, Thicker Than Water. The family show premiered November 10, 2013. Season two premiered on Sunday January 4, 2015. Season three premiered on Sunday March 27, 2016. Dropping the "Thicker Than Water" title and going with simply "The Tankards", season four is in pre-production though no other details have been released.

He and R&B/Gospel veteran, Shirley Murdock recently received RIAA Gold records for their WOW Gospel 2006 Collaboration which climbed to #1 Gospel and #20 on Billboard Top 200 and is certified Gold for more than 500,000 sales. His arrangement of the Lionel Richie song "Jesus Is Love" has been one of the most played songs on Sirius XM Radio gospel channel for ten years running. He has been a BMI writer (Broadcast Music, Inc.) for over 25 years. Tankard's latest CD Ben Tankard / Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous released on May 12, 2017, and quickly climbed to #1 Smoothjazz Amazon Bestseller and entered Billboard Gospel chart at #15 and Billboard Jazz chart at #18.


After a brief stay in the Canadian and U.S. professional basketball arena as a 6'6" shooting guard, Tankard left the league with a knee injury and turned to his new love, music. He discovered his gift to play jazz piano in a church miracle service and immediately changed his life's course from sports to music. He considers his keyboard and producer talents gifts from God and has never taken piano music lessons. He spent several years working as a dog catcher to keep food on the table after pro basketball did not work out. Afterward, he became a keyboard demonstrator and salesman at a music store. This was a turning point in his life and the start of his music career in that he was able to develop a home studio by purchasing recording gear from the music store with his employee discount. His independently self-produced instrumental release, All Keyed Up was released in 1989 and earned him a Stellar Award for best-new-artist.

In 1990 at just twenty-five years old, Tankard discovered a third-grade school teacher named Yolanda Adams and signed her to his new independent record label, Tribute Records (Ben-Jamin' Universal Music). He produced several of her earlier works including: Through the Storm, Save the World, More Than A Melody, and Yolanda... Live in Washington. They collaborated on over 40 compositions. Tankard credits Yolanda Adams' voice for helping to bring his production style and keyboard playing to a large audience. Tankard has also recorded a series of well-received instrumental solo albums and soundtracks, with music styles ranging from pop to R&B to smooth jazz.[1][2] Tankard was the first artist to dedicate complete instrumental albums to a mixture of gospel and jazz, thus the term "GospelJazz".

Considered an industry trailblazer, Tankard has owned his own record label/production company for twenty-five years. His musical accomplishments have earned him three Grammy nominations, eleven Dove Award nominations, and fourteen Stellar Awards including 2010's "Best Instrumental Album" for his Mercy, Mercy, Mercy CD.[3] This high charting release featured an instrumental remake of the Chris Tomlin Christian hit song, "How Great Is Our God". Though many of Tankard's releases have received heavy rotation on gospel and smooth jazz stations, The Weather Channel, XM Satellite Radio and cable TV's Music Choice, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy was the first CD in the history of Billboard Magazine to chart on the gospel, contemporary jazz, and jazz chart all at the same time.[4]

With his ability to assemble talent for his recordings, Tankard has been also been called the "Quincy Jones of Gospel", and is the bestselling gospel-jazz instrumentalist of all-time with 19 solo albums to his credit.[5][6] In addition to his extensive work with Yolanda Adams, Tankard has produced and collaborated with several other Grammy Award winning, gold and platinum artists including, Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, John P. Kee, Shirley Murdock, Twinkie Clark and Gerald Albright. He has earned 15 Gold and 6 Platinum records in his twenty-five years in the music business.

Now based in Murfreesboro (near Nashville), Tankard is an avid aviator and instrument rated pilot. He flies to most of his concerts on his own fleet of airplanes. He makes over 100 special appearances and concerts each year including for jazz festivals, gospel events, and corporations. His dream aircraft is the low wing Epic LT Dynasty and high wing Quest Kodiak. He currently personally flies the low wing Piper PA-32R Lance / Saratoga and the high wing Cessna Skymaster Skyrocket. Tankard shares the joy of flight with young children through his Urban Eagles outreach program which gives them a "first look" at opportunities in aviation from pilots to mechanics. As a pilot/broker/consultant, he has owned and/or flown twenty-five different airplanes and has nearly 3,000 flight time hours as an instrument-rated pilot-in-command. He is a longstanding member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Cessna Pilots Association (CPA). On March 24, 2018, He was inducted into gospel music Honors Hall of Fame by The Stellar Awards. On April 28, 2018, he was acknowledged as an honorary Tuskegee Airmen for 20 years as an African-American pilot and aircraft owner operator.

Since 2012 Tankard has worked with the National Basketball Association (NBA) on special projects as a musician and speaker. He provides support for the New York-based NBA League office player development division and his role allows him to share his success stories and show the players "how to have a life outside of basketball". In his motivational sessions with the younger D-League players, Ben often plays a smooth-jazz mini-concert from the piano as the players write out their goals and plans.

Tankard married Jewel LaGreen on January 27, 2000. They have a blended family of five children (Marcus, Brooklyn, Britney, Benji, and Cyrene), two daughters-in-law (Latisha and Shanira) and three grandchildren (Diamond, Micah, and Billie). Tankards often speak on TV and at national conferences on marriage and the blended family. In 2002, The Tankards launched the Destiny Center Church in Murfreesboro, which is also the national headquarters for Tribute Records/Ben-Jamin'. Destiny Center is one of the most visited churches in the Mid-State and the Tankards donate their time as Pastors of the community-based church that started as a bible study group in their mansion. Tankard considers himself a"reacher", not a preacher" and using role-playing and real-life examples in his weekly services at the church that he says are designed to encourage, empower and motivate.

On July 16, 2011 Tankard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Musical Excellence as an artist, producer, and songwriter by the Atlanta Gospel-fest. Ben Tankard is also a noted speaker and has spoken at major venues and events for the NBA, Joel Osteen, and Bishop T.D. Jakes amongst others.

Tankard's eighteenth studio album, Ben Tankard/Full Tank, was released on June 5, 2012, on his revamped Tribute Records (Ben-Jamin' Universal Music & Film) label. It features music from producer-songwriters, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and guest appearances by Mark Kibble/Take 6, and Gerald Albright. The lead single from this release, "Sunday Vibes" featuring Tim Bowman on guitar, was released on May 20 and quickly became the #1 most played song on Watercolors (Sirius XM). The CD debuted its first week on the Billboard and top sellers charts in three categories: Jazz, Gospel and Southern Gospel, a first for Tankard in that genre.

In September 2012, Ben Tankard/ Full Tank was nominated by the Soul Train Music Awards for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist and the Stellar Awards for Best Urban Contemporary Performance.[7]

In October 2012, Ben Tankard/Full Tank appeared on the Grammy Award ballot for six Grammy Awards. They included: Pop Instrumental Album, Improvised Jazz Solo, Instrumental Composition, Instrumental Arrangement, and Instrumental Arrangement for vocal and Engineered Album.

This was also a first for Tankard and a major accomplishment for his independent record label to have so many appearances on the Grammy ballot at one time. On March 1, 2013, Ben's new single (title cut) "Full Tank" hit the top five Smoothjazz charts and Billboard charts. He was also nominated for a "BlueMic" award and won it for Best Instrumental Artist on July 12, 2013, at the Gospel BlueMic Awards in Chesapeake, Virginia.

On November 5, 2013, Tankard released an instrumental jazz single called "Thicker Than Water (the church picnic)" from his forthcoming new CD Full Tank 2.0 . The song rode the and Billboard contemporary jazz charts November 2013-March 2014.

On February 10, 2015, Tankard's smooth instrumental CD, Full Tank 2.0 was released and entered the international sales chart at #1 Amazon Bestseller in 3 categories: smooth-jazz, fusion jazz, and gospel. His single "Rainy Sunday" was the lead single followed by "Right Turn Ahead" which has been in the top five slot on Billboard Magazine's Smooth Jazz Songs Chart for several months. Special guests appearing on the CD include: Kirk Whalum, Shirley Murdock, and Paul Jackson, Jr.. and has made the ballot for a 2016 NAACP Image Award.

On April 3, 2013, Bravo cable network announced that Ben Tankard and family had been cast for Thicker Than Water, a new reality show that showcases Tankard's family life, music career, business ventures, passion for aviation, and his role as a motivational speaker with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and his true passion: ministry. When asked about his reality show, Tankard responded: "With a wonderful blended family this big, there is sure to be much excitement going on all the time at the Tankard Palace. I call it a comedic cross between Bill Cosby and the Brady Bunch with a twist.... Watch what happens." The International Black Film Festival presented a screening of the first episode "Family Ties" to a standing room only crowd on November 2, 2013, at Nashville's Country Music Hall Of Fame. The show's first season premiered on November 10, 2013, with over 1.5 million viewers and the finale episode aired on January 5, 2014, with over 2.2 million viewers making it Bravo/NBC Universal's highest-rated freshmen reality show. Season two premiered on Sunday, January 4, 2015, and the rating success has made Thicker Than Water the top family reality show on television centered around an African American family.

In early 2016 Tankard embarked on his Full Tank Music Tour with over one hundred cities booked. On June 24, 2015, Tankard signed a major book deal with FaithWords, the Nashville imprint publisher with Hachette Book Group, the third largest book publisher in the world. Other authors that are published by Hachette / FaithWords include Joel Osteen, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Joyce Meyer. His motivational self-help book entitled The Full Tank Life was released August 30, 2016. Posted in their December issue, It is listed in Essence Magazine's Top Ten bestsellers as the top inspirational book of 2016.

On Sept. 29, 2015, Ben Tankard entered an exclusive endorsement agreement with designer clothier Robert Graham.

On February 20, 2016, Tankard won the gospel Stellar Awards for his CD: Full Tank 2.0. The live show was taped in Las Vegas. The gospel Stellar Award is considered the highest honor in Gospel Music and winning this award fifteen times makes Tankard the most awarded Gospel Instrumentalist of all-time. Full Tank 2.0 was also nominated for 2016 Dove Award for Best Instrumental CD. The massive radio and sales success of Tankard's Full Tank and Full Tank 2.0 CD releases along with the growing popularity of his reality TV show makes him a top draw for large U.S. Jazz Festivals including Seabreeze Jazzfest, Catalina Island Jazzfest, and Steel City Birmingham Jazzfest which boast more than 20,000 attendees at these outdoor events. Part three of his Full Tank series pre-released on April 12, 2017, as Ben Tankard / Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous.

Often referred to as a Renaissance Man, Tankard has worn many hats from sports to music, ministry, and business. The multi-streamer says in his motivational speeches: " Every successful man needs a great wife and cast of motivators. I have been most influenced athletically by Magic Johnson, influenced musically by Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder, influenced spiritually by Joel Osteen, influenced in aviation by Tuskegee Airmen, and influenced creatively and economically by Steve Harvey, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry. Mentorship is a direct path to success and everyone needs a coach."


All Keyed Up (1990)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from AllMusic.[8]

  1. "All Keyed Up" (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Sunday Drive" (Tankard)
  3. "What Is This" (Public Domain)
  4. "Church Out" (Tankard)
  5. "El Shaddai" (Michael Card, John Thompson)
  6. "On My Own" (Burt Bacharach)
  7. "Melodic Heaven" (Tankard)
  8. "My Soul" (Tankard)
  9. "Let This Love Live" (Charles Atkins)[9]
  10. "Eden Celebration" (Tankard)


  • Ben Tankard – producer, piano, midi keyboards, guitar synth, synthesizer, digital drums, sequencing, recording engineer, mixing
  • Roger Cooper – guitar
  • Dave Engelke – recording engineer, mixing
  • Walter Hawkins – arranger
  • Bruce Hensal – recording engineer, mixing

Keynote Speaker (1990)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from AllMusic.[10]

  1. "Keynote Speaker" (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Be with You" (Tankard, Debbie Winans)
  3. "Revival Time!" (Tankard)
  4. "For God So Loved the World" (Lanny Wolfe)
  5. "I'm Going Away" (Walter Hawkins)
  6. "Take sax (Spread Love)" (Mervyn Warren, Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight)
  7. "Showers of Peace" (Tankard)
  8. "My Reward" (Tankard)
  9. "What a Friend" (Tankard)
  10. "Drummer's Dream" (Tankard, Mark Hammond, Eric Darken)[11]
  11. "Be With You (instrumental)" (Tankard, Debbie Winans)
  12. "Keynote Speaker (reprise)" (Tankard)


  • Produced by Ben Tankard
  • Mixed by Ben Tankard and Denny Jiosa

Keys To Life (1991)[edit]

Information is taken from AllMusic and the album's liner notes.[12][13]

  1. "Keys to Life" (featuring Phoebe Hines)
    (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Love makes Me an Instrument" (featuring David Thomas of Take 6)
    (Tankard, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, David Thomas)
  3. "City of Tomorrow"
  4. "Praise Medley"
    (Tankard, Abraham Laboriel)
  5. "Going Up Yonder" (featuring John P. Kee)
    (Walter Hawkins)
  6. "Theme For Benita"
  7. "Joyful Noises"
  8. "The Church Band"
  9. "Paradise" (featuring Billy and Sarah Gaines)
    (Tankard, Billy Gaines)
  10. "A Jazzy Thought"
  11. "Just a Closer Walk with Thee"
  12. "Love makes Me an Instrument (instrumental)"
    (Tankard, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, David Thomas)
  13. "Breathe On Me"


  • Ben Tankard – producer, music arranger, rhythm arranger, acoustic piano, keyboards, synthesizer, strings, multiple instruments, music programming, assistant engineer
  • John Bedt – flute
  • Earl Benge – alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet
  • Eric Darken – percussion
  • Cedric Dent – vocal arrangement
  • Tyrone Dickerson – music arranger, acoustic piano, electric piano
  • Billy Gaines – lead vocals
  • Sarah Gaines – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Anthony Harmon – rhythm arranger, bass guitar
  • Donald Hayes – alto sax
  • Phoebe Hines – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Amy Hughes – assistant engineer
  • Marquis Hunt – soprano sax
  • Denny Jiosa – guitar, recording engineer, mixing
  • John P. Kee – vocals, music arranger
  • Julian King – assistant engineer
  • Mike McCarthy – recording engineer, mixing
  • Rod McGaha – trumpet
  • New Life Community choir – background vocals
  • John Ownby – acoustic bass
  • Tracy Schroeder – assistant engineer
  • John Sussewell – drums, overdubs
  • Take 6 – producers, background vocals
  • David Thomas – vocals
  • Mark Williams – vocals, recording engineer, mixing

An Instrumental Christmas (1991)[edit]

Information is taken from AllMusic and the album's liner notes.[14][15]

  1. "Angels We Have Heard on High"
  2. "Silent Night" (featuring Donald Hayes)[16]
  3. "The First Noel"
    (William Sandys)
  4. "The Christmas Song"
    (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells)
  5. "The First Day of Christmas"
  6. "Go Tell It On the Mountain"
    (Traditional, John W. Work II)
  7. "A Star is Born"
  8. "The Holidaze"
  9. "By the Fire"
  10. "Joy to the World"
    (Lowell Mason, Isaac Watts)


  • Ben Tankard – producer, piano, synthesizer, Kawai, orchestration
  • Donald Hayes – alto saxophone
  • Denny Jiosa – guitar, recording engineer, mixing

Sunday Drivin (1993)[edit]

credits are adapted from AllMusic.[17]

  1. "Sunday Drive" (Ben Tankard)
  2. "All Keyed Up" (Tankard)
  3. "Be with You" (Tankard, Debra Winans)
  4. "Keys to Life" (Tankard)
  5. "Sunrise" (Tankard, Anthony Harmon)
  6. "Melodic Heaven" (Tankard)
  7. "What is This" (Public Domain)
  8. "Keynote Speaker" (Tankard)
  9. "Showers of Peace" (Tankard)
  10. "Love makes Me an Instrument"
    (Tankard, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, David Thomas)
  11. "Praise Medley" (Abraham Laboriel)
  12. "Going Up Yonder" (Walter Hawkins)
  13. "Worthy" (Tankard, Anthony Harmon, Mark Taylor)
  14. "Angels We Have Heard On High" (Traditional)


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, piano, synthesizer, guitar, percussion, music programming, sequencing, recording engineer, mixing
  • Kem Brantley – bass
  • Debra Brown – assistant producer
  • Roger Cooper – guitar
  • Eric Darken – percussion
  • Jeff "Lo" Davis – drums
  • Tyrone Dickerson – keyboards
  • Billy Gaines – background vocals
  • Sarah Gaines – background vocals
  • Mark Hammond – bass
  • Anthony Harmon – bass
  • Phoebe Hines – background vocals
  • Denny Jiosa – guitar, recording engineer, mixing
  • John P. Kee – background vocals
  • Marquis – saxophone
  • New Life Community choir – background vocals
  • John Sussewell – drums
  • Take 6 – background vocals
  • Angie Winans – background vocals
  • Debra Winans – background vocals

Play Me In Your Key (1994)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from AllMusic.[18]

  1. "You Bring Out the Best in Me" (featuring Yolanda Adams)[19]
    (Suzy Bogguss, Loris Holland, Glenn Jones, Doug Crider, Steve Doriff)
  2. "Any Kind of Love" (James Ingram, Bruce Roberts, Carole Bayer Sager)
  3. "Princess" (Ben Tankard)
  4. "Play Me in Your Key" (Tankard)
  5. "In Your Arms" (Tankard, Darlene Futrel)
  6. "Offering Time" (Tankard)
  7. "Church Picnic" (Tankard)
  8. "We've Come to Worship You" (Carlis Moody Jr.)
  9. "Somebody in You" (Angelo Petrucci, Veronica Petrucci)
  10. "Spiritjazz" (Tankard)
  11. "I'll Do Anything" (Marshall Crenshaw, Michael Wright, Jethra Penix)[20]
  12. "The Benediction" (Tankard)



  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, bass vocals, multiple instruments
  • Yolanda Adams – background vocals
  • Eric Darken – percussion
  • Tyrone Dickerson – producer, arranger, piano
  • Futrel – background vocals
  • Andrew Gouché – bass guitar
  • Denny Jiosa – guitar, recording engineer, mixing
  • Mike-E – producer, guitar
  • Angelo Petrucci – producer, multiple instruments, bass vocals
  • Kevin Szymanski – assistant engineer
  • Take 6 – producers, background vocals
  • Princess Tankard – background vocals
  • Michael Williams – drums

Instrumentally Yours (1996)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, Information is taken from AllMusic and the album's liner notes.[21][22]

  1. "Kume-Bi-Yah"
    (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Midnight Musical"
  3. "You Will Know" (featuring Mark Kibble & Joey Kibble of Take 6)[23]
    (Stevie Wonder)
  4. "Instrumentally Yours"
  5. "When We Met"
  6. "Legit"
  7. "Don't Stop" (featuring Fred Hammond & RFC)
    (Fred Hammond, Morales, Noel Hall, Kim Rutherford)[24]
  8. "Welcome Into This Place"
    (Orlando Juarez)[25]
  9. "God Will Take Care if You"
  10. "You Are Flesh of My Flesh"
    (Leon Patillo)
  11. "Song for the Heart"
    (Tankard, Marquis Hunt)
  12. "A Quiet Place"
    (Ralph Carmichael)


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, piano, keyboards, music programming, recording engineer, mixing
  • J. D. Blair – cymbals, drums
  • The Chosen – vocal group
  • Monica Coates – production administrator
  • Cruz – percussion
  • Tyrone Dickerson – arranger, associate producer, piano, keyboards, music programming
  • Juanita Edwards – background vocals
  • Fred Hammond – producer, keyboards, drum machine, bass, recording engineer
  • Ray Hammond – recording engineer, mixing
  • Donald Hayes – soprano sax
  • Yvonne Hodges – background vocals
  • Denny Jiosa – guitar, talk box, recording engineer, mixing
  • Chris Kent – bass guitar
  • Mark Kibble – arranger
  • Gayle Mayes – background vocals
  • Sipho Mbesa – lead vocals
  • Ann McCrary – background vocals
  • Rod McGaha – trumpet
  • Isaac Mthethwa – lead vocals
  • Craig Nelson – acoustic bass
  • Unity Nkosi – lead vocals
  • Armirris Palmore – background vocals
  • Angelo Petrucci – Drum Loop, background vocals
  • Veronica Petrucci – background vocals
  • Randy Poole – recording engineer
  • Radical for Christ (aka RFC) – vocal group
  • Robert "JJ" Smith Jr. – bass guitar
  • Take 6 – vocal group
  • Princess Tankard – assistant producer
  • Daniel Weatherspoon – music programming
  • Michael Weatherspoon – drums
  • Suzanne Young – background vocals

Git Yo Prayze On w/Tribe Of Benjamin (1997)[edit]

credits are adapted from AllMusic.[26]

  1. "Git Yo' Prayze On" (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Spend Some Time with Me" (Ben Tankard)
  3. "N-Da-Spirit" (Ben Tankard)
  4. "Livin' 4 U" (Ben Tankard)
  5. "We Ben-Jamin" (Ben Tankard, Paul Morgan)
  6. "Sing for the Children" (Burt Bacharach, James Ingram, John Bettis)
  7. "7 Dayze Without Prayer (makes One W-E-A-K)" (Ben Tankard)
  8. "My Testimony" (Ben Tankard)
  9. "Tribal Hymn" (Ben Tankard)
  10. "If You Need Somebody" (Ben Tankard, Greg Montgomery)
  11. "Caravan of Love" (Chris Jasper, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley)
  12. "What Kinda World" (Ben Tankard, Paul Morgan)


  • Ben Tankard – vocals, producer, music arranger, piano, synthesizer, string arrangement, recording engineer
  • Tribe of Benjamin – vocals, music arrangers, Associate producers
  • Clear Vision – music arrangers
  • Denny Jiosa – recording engineer
  • Ebony Miller – vocals
  • Monica Moore – vocals
  • Paul Morgan – producer, music arranger
  • Nashville string Machine – strings
  • Randy Poole – mixing
  • Cassandra Robertson – vocals
  • Roger Ryan – string arrangement
  • Tina Watson – vocals
  • Vincent Watson – vocals
  • Jeffrey "Twinz" White – vocals
  • Jesse "Twinz" White – vocals

Raize Da Praise by Tribe Of Benjamin (1999)[edit]

credits are adapted from AllMusic.[27]

  1. "Raize Da Prayze" (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Your Love is Extravagant" (Darrell Evans)
  3. "Git Yo' Prayze On" (Tankard)
  4. "Mighty is Our God" (Eugene Greco, Gerrit Gustafson, Don Moen)
  5. "Blessed is He" (Gary Sadler)
  6. "Trading My Sorrows (Yes Lord)" (Darrell Evans)
  7. "His Marvelous Light" (Tim Hosman)
  8. "It is Good to Give Thanks" (Sadler)
  9. "O Come Let Us Sing" (Joey Holder)
  10. "I Will Give" (Ed Kerr)


  • "Minstrel" Ben Tankard – producer, recording engineer
  • Tribe of Benjamin – choir vocals
  • Elijah Holt – band member
  • Cassandra Robertson – band member
  • Princess Tankard – band member
  • Hank Williams – "Master" mixing

The Minstrel (1999)[edit]

credits are adapted from AllMusic.[28]

  1. "Eden" (Ben Tankard)
  2. "U Belong to Me" (Ben Tankard)
  3. "911 Emergency" (Ben Tankard, Juanita Wynn)
  4. "I Believe You Love Me Now" (Ben Tankard)
  5. "The Minstrel" (Ben Tankard)
  6. "911 Emergency (Reprise)" (Ben Tankard, Juanita Wynn)
  7. "Sunday Breeze" (Ben Tankard)
  8. "You Are Everything to Me" (Ben Tankard)
  9. "Take This!" (Ben Tankard)
  10. "Song of Healing" (Ben Tankard)
  11. "Church Skate Night" (Ben Tankard)
  12. "See You Again" (Ben Tankard)


  • Ben Tankard – vocals, producer, arranger, pan flute, piano, synthesizer, recording engineer, mixing
  • Tyrone Dickerson – piano, arranger
  • Marquis Hunt – tenor sax
  • Denny Jiosa – recording engineer, mixing
  • Michael Ripoll – guitar
  • Cassandra Robertson – vocals

Christmas Love (2000)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from AllMusic.[29]

  1. "guitar for Christmas" (featuring Michael Ripoll)
    (Michael Ripoll)
  2. "Away in a Manger"
  3. "Christmas Love"
    (Ben Tankard)
  4. "White Christmas"
    (Irving Berlin)
  5. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
  6. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
    (Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner)
  7. "Let's Have Christmas" (featuring Tribe of Benjamin)
  8. "My Favorite Things"
    (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)
  9. "Minstrel's Christmas Song"
  10. "Melody of Bethlehem"
  11. "Worship a King"


  • "Melody of Bethlehem" originally appeared on the Holiday album The Real Meaning of Christmas, Vol. 3 (1999)[30]


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, piano, recording engineer, mixing
  • Denny Jiosa – recording engineer, mixing
  • Randy Poole – mixing
  • Michael Ripoll – arranger, guitar, background vocals
  • Cassandra Robertson – lead vocals
  • Michael Taylor – Drum Machine, background vocals

Song of Solomon (2001)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from AllMusic.[31]

  1. "Song of Solomon" (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Ribbon in the Sky" (Stevie Wonder)
  3. "Always on My Mind"
    (Tankard, Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher, Mark James)
  4. "Smile 4 Me (My Love)" (Tankard)
  5. "Allaboutluv (Interlude)" (Patrice Tankard)[32]
  6. "Keyed M-2-U" (Tankard)
  7. "Shi-Ly-Ku" (Tankard, Jewel Tankard)[33]
  8. "Special One" (Tankard, Cassandra Robertson)[34]
  9. "Thou art Fair (Jewel's Song)" (Tankard)
  10. "Minstrel of Romance" (Tankard)
  11. "A New Start (Interlude)" (Tankard)
  12. "No Words Necessary" (Tankard)


  • "Ribbon in the Sky" originally appeared on the album With This Ring (2001)[35]


  • Ben Tankard – vocals, producer, arranger, keyboards, acoustic piano, electric piano, instrumentation, music programming, recording engineer, mixing
  • Quinn Anderson – drums
  • Tyrone Dickerson – keyboards, music programming
  • Michael Ripoll – guitar
  • Cassandra Robertson – vocals
  • Patrice Tankard – additional music

Best of Ben Tankard (2002)[edit]

credits are adapted from AllMusic.[36]

  1. "Don't Stop" (featuring Fred Hammond & RFC)
    (Fred Hammond, Noel Hall, Kim Rutherford)
  2. "You Bring Out The Best in Me" (featuring Yolanda Adams)
    (Suzy Bogguss, Doug Crider, Steve Doriff, Loris Holland, Glenn Jones)
  3. "Be With You"
    (Ben Tankard, Debra Winans)
  4. "You Will Know" (featuring Joey Kibble and Mark Kibble)
    (Stevie Wonder)
  5. "Livin' 4 U"
  6. "Git Yo Prayze On!"
  7. "Eden"
  8. "Song of Solomon"
  9. "Spend Some Time With Me"
  10. "guitar for Christmas"
    (Michael Ripoll)


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger
  • Monica Coates – compilation producer
  • Fred Hammond – producer
  • Chaz Harper – remastering
  • Michael Ripoll – arranger

Play a Lil' Song for Me (2003)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from AllMusic.[37]

  1. "Play a Lil' Song 4 Me" (featuring Harvey Watkins Jr. & The Canton Spirituals)
    (Ben Tankard, Harvey Watkins Jr.)
  2. "The Alter"
  3. "What the World Needs Now"
    (Hal David)
  4. "Dance in Advance"
  5. "One Hundred Ways"
    (Kathy Wakefield, Benjamin F. Wright, Tony Coleman)
  6. "Ben's Coffee House" (featuring Tim Bowman)
  7. "Overjoyed"
    (Stevie Wonder)
  8. "Did You Know?"
    (Tankard, Cassandra Robertson)
  9. "Play a Lil' Song 4 Me (Instrumental)"
    (Ben Tankard, Harvey Watkins Jr.)
  10. "Don't Worry" (featuring Cassandra Robertson)
    (Tankard, Cassandra Robertson)


  • "Overjoyed" originally appeared on With This Ring...Forever I Do (2002)[38]


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, keyboards, instrumentation, recording engineer
  • Vick Allen – background vocals
  • Tim Bowman – guitar
  • The Canton Spirituals – vocal group
  • Merlon Divine – flute, saxophone
  • Cassandra Robertson – background vocals, arranger
  • Harvey Watkins Jr. – lead vocals, arranger

Piano Prophet (2004)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from AllMusic and the album's liner notes.[39][40]

  1. "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (featuring Shirley Murdock & Shelly Massey)
    (Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Jerry Cohen)
  2. "piano Prophet"
    (Ben Tankard)
  3. "Touch and Agree"
  4. "Jesus Is Love" (featuring Shirley Murdock)
    (Lionel Richie)
  5. "Positive Change" (featuring Eric Coleman & Shelly Massey)
  6. "Head to the Sky" (featuring Shelly Massey)
    (Maurice White)
  7. "Lil' Ole Church" (featuring Eric Coleman & Shelly Massey)
  8. "Keep Movin' On"
  9. "Bible Keys"
  10. "Jesus Is Love (Instrumental)"
    (Lionel Richie)
  11. "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (Instrumental)"
    (Jerry Cohen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead)


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, acoustic piano, electric piano, music programming, recording engineer, mixing
  • Ray Bady – drums, guest musician (1, 4)
  • Tim Bowman – guitar, guest musician (1, 4)
  • Eric Coleman – vocals
  • Merlon Devine – saxophone, guest musician (3)
  • Fred Hammond – bass guitar, guest musician (1, 4)
  • Michael Holloway – percussion
  • Eliseus Joseph – assistant engineer
  • Alan Litten – recording engineer
  • Shelly Massey – vocals
  • Shirley Murdock – vocals
  • Kevin Bloody Wilson – recording engineer

Let's Get Quiet: The Smooth Jazz Experience (2007)[edit]

Information is taken from AllMusic and Amazon[41][42]

  1. "Let's Get Quiet (Shh)" (featuring Shelly Massey)
    (Ben Tankard & Shelly Massey)
  2. "Before I Let Go"
    (Frankie Beverly)
  3. "Remain Calm"
  4. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
    (Eban Kelly & Jimi Randolph)
  5. "Lake Cabin"
  6. "Week-End Forecast"
  7. "Remind Me"
    (Patrice Rushen)
  8. "Night Flight"
  9. "Slow Jam W.B.E.N."
  10. "Let's Get Quiet (Shh) (Instrumental)"
    (Tankard, Shelly Massey)
  11. "I Come to the Garden Alone"
    (C. Austin Miles)
  12. "Close Your Eyes"


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, recording engineer, mixing, vocals, vocoder
  • Mike Holloway – production assistant, mixing assistant
  • Jeff Massey – production assistant, mixing assistant
  • Kevin Ward – production assistant, mixing assistant

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (2009)[edit]

Unless otherwise indicated, credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[43]

  1. "Introduction: Ben Tankard"
    (Uses portions of a speech originally spoken by Cannonball Adderley)[44]
  2. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
    (Joe Zawinul)
  3. "Heavenly Vibes"
    (Composed by Ben Tankard and Jewel Tankard)
  4. "No Ordinary Love" (featuring Shelly)
    (Sade Adu and Colin Matthewman)
  5. "How Great Is Our God"
    (Composed by Christopher Tomlin, Edmond Cash and Jesse Reeves)
  6. "My Lips Shall Utter Praises" (featuring Shelly)
    (Ben Tankard, Jewel Tankard and Luvenia Lashelle Massey)
  7. "Stirred Not Shaken"
    (Composed by Ben Tankard and Jewel Tankard)
  8. "Hold On, Keep Strong" (featuring Shelly)
    (Ben Tankard and Jewel Tankard)
  9. "Best of My Love" (featuring Shelly)
    (Al McKay & Maurice White)
  10. "Reprise: Mercy Mercy Mercy"
    (Joe Zawinul)
  11. "Spend Some Time" (featuring Tribe of Benjamin)
    (Ben Tankard)
  12. "Love Notes from the piano"
    (Composed by Ben Tankard and Jewel Tankard)


  • "Introducion", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and "Reprise: Mercy" was recorded Live at The Tankard Palace in front of an Audience of 20 People[44]


  • Ben Tankard – producer (all tracks), music arranger (2-12), Vibes (3), piano (4-5, 7-9, 11-12, Rhodes on 2, 10), instruments (all on 2-8, 10-11, additional on 9), recording engineer, mixing
  • Michael Holloway – technical assistant
  • Jeff Massey – technical assistant
  • Shelly (aka Luvenia Lashelle Massey) – music arranger, lead vocals (6), background vocals (4, 8, Additional on 9)
  • Tribe of Benjamin – vocals (11)
  • Kevin Ward – Pro-Tools Transfers

Full Tank (2012)[edit]

Information is taken from AllMusic and Amazon[45][46]

  1. "Sunday Vibes" (featuring Tim Bowman)
    (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Black Butterfly" (featuring Mark Kibble & Take 6)
    (James Harris III and Terry Lewis)
  3. "Full Tank" (featuring Gerald Albright)
  4. "If I Only Had a Brain"
    (Harold Arlen)
  5. "Spa Treatment"
  6. "Smooth Wife – Smooth Life"
  7. "The Blessing"
  8. "I Ain't Blue"
  9. "Something About That Name" (featuring Cynthia Jones)
    (Jimmy Brown and Cynthia Jones)
  10. "A Higher Groove" (featuring Tribe of Benjamin)
  11. "I Sing Praises"
    (Terry MacAlmond)
  12. "Morning Prayer"


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, keyboards, other instruments, vocals, mixing
  • Gerald Albright – saxophone
  • Tim Bowman – guitar
  • Cynthia Jones – vocals
  • Mark Kibble – lead vocals
  • Tribe of Benjamin – vocals

Thicker Than Water-The Church Picnic (2013) Single EP[edit]

Full Tank 2.0 (2015)[edit]

Information is taken from AllMusic and Amazon[47][48]

  1. "Rainy Sunday" (featuring Paul Jackson Jr.)
    (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Reach Out and Touch" (featuring Kirk Whalum)
    (Nicholas Simpson & Valerie Simpson)
  3. "Right Turn Ahead" (featuring Michael Manson)
  4. "I'll Take You There" (featuring Shirley Murdock)
    (Al Bell)
  5. "Keep It Right There" (featuring Max Well)
  6. "Far Beyond Words"
  7. "Last Minute Changes"
  8. "Every Praise" (featuring Nicholas Cole)
    (Hezekiah Walker and John David Bratton)
  9. "Benspirations"
  10. "Thicker Than Water (Reality TV mix)"


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, instrumentation, mixing
  • Nicholas Cole – keyboards
  • Michael Manson – bass
  • Shirley Murdock – vocals
  • Kirk Whalum – saxophone

Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous (2017)[edit]

Information is taken from AllMusic and Amazon.[49][50]

  1. "Remember Wayman"
    (Ben Tankard)
  2. "Like The Dew" (featuring Gerald Albright)
    (Tom Bynum)
  3. "Cantankerous" (featuring Paul Taylor)
  4. "Goodness Gracious" (featuring Take 6)
  5. "There is a Quiet Place" (featuring Cord Martin)
    (Ralph Carmichael)
  6. "Happy Strut"
  7. "B-Tankful" (featuring Phil Hugley)
  8. "I'll Be Missing You"
    (Faith Evans and Gordon Sumner)
  9. "Love Boat" (featuring Cord Martin)
    (Charles Fox)
  10. "Breathe" (featuring Phil Hugley)
    (Marie Barnett and Mark Barnett)


  • Ben Tankard – producer, arranger, mixing, music programming, instrumentation


  • Faith It 'til You Make It (2002)
  • The Full Tank Life (2016)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mercy Mercy Mercy: The Ben Tankard Story. Ben-Jamin' Publishing. 2010. p. 40. 
  2. ^ DAVIS, Doug (May 18, 2007). "Meet 'The Godfather of Gospel Jazz'". The Daily News Journal. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "25th Annual Stellar Award Results (2010)". 25th Annual Stellar Award Results (2010). 
  4. ^ "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Ben Tankard". Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Verity Gospel Music Group Releases New Music from Ben Tankard". Verity Gospel Music Group Releases New Music from Ben Tankard. [not in citation given]
  6. ^ Widran, Jonathan. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy". Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. Retrieved 26 August 2011. [not in citation given]
  7. ^ "Soul Train Awards 2012 Viewers Choice Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. 
  8. ^ Tankard, Ben. "All Keyed Up" (Cassette). Atlanta International. 22 May 1990.
  9. ^ "Bio". Charles Atkins.
  10. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Keynote Speaker". Verity. 1990.
  11. ^ "Drummer's Dream". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 24 September 2015.
  12. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Keys to Life". Verity. 1991.
  13. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Keys to Life" (album notes). Tribute. 1991.
  14. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Christmas". Light Records. 31 October 1991.
  15. ^ Tankard, Ben. "An Instrumental Christmas" (album notes). Tribute. 1991.
  16. ^ "...Silent Night Feat. Donald Hayes". YouTube: Ben Tankard. 26 October 2017.
  17. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Sunday Drive". Verity. 18 September 1993.
  18. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Play Me in Your Key". Tribute. 12 October 1994.
  19. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Play Me in Your Key". Verity Records. 1 April 1997.
  20. ^ "I'll Do Anything". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 25 October 2014.
  21. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Instrumentally Yours". AllMusic. 1 April 1996.
  22. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Instrumentally Yours" (album notes). Verity / Zomba. 1996.
  23. ^ Ben Tankard, Mark Kibble & Joey Kibble. "You Will Know". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 8 November 2014.
  24. ^ Ben Tankard, Fred Hammond & RFC. "Don't Stop". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 25 January 2017.
  25. ^ "Welcome To This Place". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 8 November 2014.
  26. ^ Ben Tankard & Tribe of Benjamin. "Git Yo' Prayze On". Verity. 12 August 1997.
  27. ^ Tribe of Benjamin. "Raise Da Prayze". Word / Epic. 19 October 1999.
  28. ^ Tankard, Ben. "The Minstrel". Verity. 13 July 1999.
  29. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Christmas Love". AllMusic. 26 September 2000.
  30. ^ Various artists. "The Real Meaning of Christmas Vol. 3". Verity. 28 September 1999.
  31. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Song of Solomon". Verity. 10 July 2001.
  32. ^ "Allaboutluv (Interlude)". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 24 September 2015.
  33. ^ "Shi-Ly-Ku". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 24 September 2015.
  34. ^ "Special One". YouTube: Ben Tankard – Topic. 24 September 2015.
  35. ^ Various artists. "With This Ring". Harborwood. 15 May 2001.
  36. ^ Tankard, Ben. "The Best of Ben Tankard". Verity. 7 May 2002.
  37. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Play a Lil' Song for Me". Verity. 18 February 2003.
  38. ^ Various artists. "With This Ring...Forever I Do". Harborwood. 19 March 2002.
  39. ^ Tankard, Ben. "piano Prophet". Verity / Zomba. 22 June 2004.
  40. ^ Tankard, Ben. "piano Prophet" (album Notes). Verity. 2004.
  41. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Let's Get Quiet: The Smooth Jazz Experience". AllMusic. 27 March 2007.
  42. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Let's Get Quiet...". Amazon / Verity.
  43. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy". Verity / Zomba. 2009.
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  45. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Full Tank". Ben Jammin'. 5 June 2012.
  46. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Full Tank". Ben Jammin' / Universal Music.
  47. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Full Tank 2.0". Ben-Jammin'. 10 February 2015.
  48. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Full Tank 2.0". Ben Jammin' / Universal Music. 10 February 2015.
  49. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Full Tank 3: CanTankerous". Ben-Jammin. 12 May 2017.
  50. ^ Tankard, Ben. "Full Tank 3: Cantankerous". Ben-Jammin' / Universal Music. 12 May 2017.