Ben Rector
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Tulsa music fans probably recognize Ben from his tenure in Euromart, which wrapped up last summer as the members headed off to college. Rector now splits his time between Tulsa and Fayetteville and continues to build a fanatical following. He’s a scary-good songwriter that can freestyle on command and doesn’t get lost in formulaic pop. Fans of new modern singer-songwriter acts like Jason Mraz, Mat Kearney, Matt Wertz, Stephen Speaks and Ben Folds need to make time for Rector. - Urban Tulsa Weekly


As soon as he hits the stage, nineteen year-old Ben Rector turns into a sexy barefoot artist that knows the piano and guitar inside and out. His voice incites a thrill every time and his stage energy really turns the crowd on. It's no wonder that everyone who listens is certain he'll become famous. Even with cover songs, he brings in new elements that make you think Damien Rice or Chris Martin were missing something. - KXUA DJ Jordan Fisher of the "Jo Local Show"


Monday: Songwriting-strong alt-pop rock artist Ben Rector (soon to release his full-length debut) plays Cajun’s (9 p.m., free, donations accepted). Word on the street says Rector’s about be big, so this free show is definitely a steal …
(http://www.arktimes.com/Articles/ArticleViewer.aspx?ArticleID=8a065ae7-8e78-4be8-a62a-4722cefb5263) - Arkansas Times


Discography

Twenty Something (Full length debut) - 2007
Ben Rector EP-2006
Euromart EP-2005
Tulsa's Best and Brightest-2003,2004

Footage of "27" from "Live at Riverwalk Crossing" and audio from Euromart EP used for concert series promo commercial, along with a Kia commercial. Both aired regularly on the WB.

"Conversation" - won 2nd in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

"Answers" - featured on "Homegrown" with Corbin Pierce on Z104.5 The Edge

"Who I Am" recieves airplay on 100.3 The Kross

"27" - plays on KXUA 88.3 and RSU 98.1

"27" - selected as song of the week on IROK radio

"Come Back Home" - plays on KXUA 88.3

Live acoustic set promoting the release of the EP on KXUA 88.3.

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

I suppose it all started in my parents’ bathroom. All tile, it sounds like I'm singing through a cheap reverb patch. Hours upon hours were spent singing and playing a 3/4 sized plywood guitar my uncle had given me. Songs came quickly, usually totally improv. That's still how I write, it just flows. After discovering the ability to "freestyle," I implemented this into my sets, and it quickly became a crowd favorite. Living with a drummer, I began to practice rudiments, and shortly after began to use my guitar for percussion. Between tight loops, flowing improv, piano playing, singing into and drumming on the guitar, word spread quickly that the live show was not to be missed.

I wrote for and sang with a band called Euromart for a while. Within a few months of playing our first show to a capacity crowd at the legendary Cain's Ballroom, we were packing local clubs, consistently bringing many more fans than the headliners we shared the stage with, along with selling 250 copies of our debut EP in just two shows. All of this, mind you, at the tender age of 18. We won the Oral Roberts University Battle of the Bands, coming in first of ten. This was quite a feat; a band of freshman (only one of which attended school there) outplaying bands of music majors and well known upperclassmen, chosen by both the judges and the crowd as the winner. We ended our run with a farewell show at Tulsa’s “Riverwalk Crossing” which was filmed for the WB’s “Live at Riverwalk Crossing” televised concert series and attended by around 2,000 people.

My self titled EP was recorded partially in Nashville at RCA Studio B, and partially at Oral Roberts University’s Bach’s House Studios. Things have gone extraordinarily well, the songs have received an incredible response, and the fanbase has quickly grown from local to regional. I did an Arkansas CD release in Fayetteville (where I currently reside) with national recording artist Matt Wertz in front of a crowd of 1,000. I sold the entire first run of the EP (300 copies) in four shows. Recently, I won the University of Arkansas Talent Show. A few weeks after, I won the University of Arkansas Battle of the Bands with just my guitar, a piano, a loop pedal, and an improvised half-rap song about elephants (the suggestion of someone in the audience) along with a couple other originals. The competition was stiff, comprised of seven of the best rap and rock acts in the area, one of which was recently featured on the front page of purevolume.com. Shortly after, the university asked me to play with Ben Kweller at their spring concert.

In the past year I’ve been blessed to share the stage with Ben Kweller (ATO/RCA), Stephen Speaks, Matt Wertz, The Hero Factor (New Ark Entertainment), Jackson Waters (Word Records), Traveler, Xanadu, The Red Alert, The Jacob Wright Band, Stoneface Norman and many, many more.

I couldn't tell you what the future holds, but I can say that I am excited for what is in store. Nothing brings me more joy than to see someone really relate to or be captured by a song I've had the opportunity to write, and as time goes on, I've been blessed with opportunities to experience that more and more.