Ben Rector

Ben Rector

BandPopAcoustic

Piano pop meets acoustic rock. Guitar percussion is seamlessly integrated with loops (created on the spot) hooky piano, and freestyled words (just give me a topic). Let's not forget unforgettable originals and familiar but flavorful covers.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Conversation

Written By: Ben Rector

this in reverse - fencing is conversation
it's more in forms and moves than words

everything i know would just be speculation
and everything i don't is hers

and i'll try
just to figure you out
and i'll try
just to forget you

i suppose the beauty of this situation
is that i don't know what's on your mind

but in your eyes i lose my reservations
what i wouldn't give to know what's going on behind them

and i'll try
just to figure you out
and i've tried
just to forget you

if you only knew
where i was coming from
is this ending soon
or has it just begun

if you only knew
where i was coming from
then i would

if you only knew
this was ending soon my love
if you only knew

On My Own

Written By: Ben Rector

where you are
that is where i want to be
open up this heart
and it's you you're going to see

and though we've never met
you are so hard to forget
though i've never seen your face
i can imagine how you taste

i had to let you know
that i am out here on my own
i could swear that i'm alright
but in truth i'm just alone

and i suppose that this could end
in the same way that it all began you know
back in my heart
it's not a matter of where you've been
or what you think
or who you're with
it's a matter of your heart

slowly now i see how
this unfolds
you jump around and then confound
these stories told

of these things i do not know...

i had to let you know
that i am out here on my own
i could swear that i'm alright
but in truth im just alone

and i suppose that this could end
in the same way that it all began you know
back in my heart
it's not a matter of where you've been
or what you think
or who you're with
it's a matter of your heart

A Song For Hank

Written By: Ben Rector

to a boy who looks just like his mother
who's a sister to a brother
who sings this song to that boy from far away

i am young but you are younger
and until you speak more words than mumbles
you'll have to lend an ear everything i say

be kind and love your mother and your father
though sometimes they seem to bother
come my age and you'll know
they're the ones who'll always love you and support you
they prayed for you before you
stepped foot into this world
that's one thing that i've learned

i remember you were walking
in a month i'll hear you talking
there's a million things i'd love to say to you

though your parents they are wiser
and will be better advisors
maybe hearing these things twice will get them through

find a girl for whom your love is selfless
someone who makes you helpless
to change the way you feel
and stay away from girls who always look so pretty
but who's hearts just aren't fitting
for the man in you i see
would you remember that for me?

when you find yourself alone in times of trouble
reach inside you and above you
there's nothing he can't heal
and if it is you do not end up with a brother
just call your older uncle, i can always lend an ear

would you remember that from me?

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.

Set List

I can fill an hour or two with captivating originals and familiar covers with a unique flavor. Typical set list would be...

Conversation
Older Girls
Loop and Improv
Sunday Morning
On My Own
Tonight
Mrs. Jones
Stand By Me
Cannonball
Improv

Come Back Home
The Scientist