Ben Willmott

Ben Willmott

 Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

New Album, RICH WITH LOVE, nominated for a 2009 Worcester Music Award!

Biography

Playing just under one hundred shows in each of the last two years across New England and New York in highly respected venues including, but not limited to, The Middle East and Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Knitting Factory in New York, New York, Club Metronome in Burlington, Vermont, The Nines in Ithaca, New York and One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine. Partnering with the revolutionary software UMIXIT, whose roster of artists includes Billy Joel and Aerosmith. Sharing the stage with nationally renowned acts such as Grammy Award Winning Singer Songwriter Jesse Harris, who wrote the Norah Jones' hit "Don't Know Why." Releasing and promoting a six song EP, that critics are calling "flawless" (The Ithacan), "infectious" (EvolutionOfMedia.com), "tasty" (AddReviews.com), and "genuine" (The Wheaton Wire), and is receiving airplay on radio stations such as 92.7 FM WMVY in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts and 100.1 FM WDYN in Rochester, New York.

These are just some of the recent accomplishments of pop-rock pianist, singer, and songwriter Ben Willmott, who at the age of twenty-five is releasing his highly anticipated, full length, album RICH WITH LOVE . This collection of songs is an example of Willmott's growing maturity not only as a songwriter, but as a singer and pianist as well. Filled with lush string and horn arrangements, solid drum grooves, catchy guitar lines, smooth vocals, and hooky piano riffs, the arrangements are a bit more experimental, but still the same simple straight-forward pop-rock music that everyone was talking about when they heard Ben Willmott�s last successful effort. Featuring fourteen brand new, original, compositions including the poetic "Alabama," the sentimental "Emily," and the crowd favorite "Ithaca," RICH WITH LOVE is sure to take him to the next level.

Encompassing elements of Billy Joel, Ben Folds, James Taylor and Bach, Willmott mixes the pop, rock, folk and classical music styles that he grew up listening to and studying, This unique sound, which continues to impress listeners wherever it is heard, is described by AllAgesZine.com as being "nothing short of spectacular...simply unmatched by most of today's musicians." The Bentley College Vanguard announces that "when these songs start playing thousands of times a day on the radio, you'll want to be the one to tell your friends you knew him first." Music Journalist Kelly O'Neil writes, "though still under the radar, Willmott has amazing potential as the next American troubadour."

From his childhood days in the rural town of Sherborn, Massachusetts, through his education at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, where he received a double degree in music and business, to the release of this new album, Willmott's goal has remained the same: to create upbeat songs with a positive message that will give his listeners a reason
to look forward to the future. As it was with his first release, it remains more apparent than ever, Ben Willmott is not an artist you want to miss. For more information, please visit his official website at www.benwillmottmusic.com.

Willmott has performed at well respected venues including, but not limited to:

Club Passim in Cambridge, MA,
The Knitting Factory in New York, NY,
The Middle East in Cambridge, MA,
Nectar's in Burlington, VT,
Castaways in Ithaca, NY,
The Second Sunrize Music Festival in Huntingdon, PA,
Johnny D's in Somerville, MA,
The Hot Tin Roof on the island of Martha's Vineyard, MA,
Offshore Ale on Martha's Vineyard, MA,
The Attic Bar in Newton Centre, MA,
The Nines in Ithaca, NY,
The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA,
One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME,
The Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY,
The Morrisville, VT Community Festival at The Bee's Knees (voted one of the top 16 places to hear live music in Vermont - "Vermont Life Magazine"),
and Rock2Cure - Huntington's Disease Benefit Concert at The Riverside in Danielson, CT

Recent college appearances include those at:

Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH,
Brown University in Providence, RI,
Bentley College in Waltham, MA,
MIT in Cambridge, MA,
Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY
Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and
Wheaton College in Norton, MA

His television appearances include those on:

"Roots Rock Live" in Brookline, MA,
"It's All About Arts" in Boston, MA
"Studio Session Live" in Hopkinton, MA,
"Panorama" in Ithaca, NY, and
"Valley Homegrown" in Greenfield, MA

Ben has also been featured on Boston's Channel 7 News for his performances at the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) Benefits in June of 2007 and June of 2008. The events were hosted by news anchor Randy Price.

Willmott has played alongside performers such as:

Jesse Harris (Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter who wrote the Norah Jones' song "Don't Know Why"),
Seth Yacovone,
Revision,
Tar Beach,
Tim Reynolds,
Leftover Salmon,
The Travis

Discography

LP "Rich With Love" (2008) - Nominated for a 2009 Worcester Music Award
EP "Nowhere To Go But Up" (2006)

"Nowhere To Go But Up" and "Rich With Love" have been featured on WMVY 92.7 FM's Local MusiCafe, and have had radio play on many stations including Brandeis University's WBRS 100.1, Ithaca College's WICB 91.7, WDYN - Rochester, Williams College's WCFM 91.9, RocklandWorldRadio.com, and WholeWheatRadio.org to name a few.

Set List

Ben Willmott's sets consist of a majority of original songs (90%), including those featured on his two discs "Nowhere To Go But Up" and "Rich With Love" and cover songs (10%) by artists such as Van Morrison, James Taylor, David Gray, Paul Simon and The Band. For a free promotional copy of "Nowhere To Go But Up" and "Rich With Love," please email booking@benwillmottmusic.com.

Willmott performs around 20 originals including:

Recipe
Sweet Vineyard Days
Clear Your Head
Having You
Oh, Parents
You Get Rid Of The Bad
Ithaca
It's Only Me
Emily
Hanging Over
Under The Radar
My Side
Up At The Top
Rest In Peace
Alabama

In addition to the following covers:

The Joker
Sympathy For The Devil
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Free Fallin'
Moondance
Battle of Who Could Care Less
The Weight

Willmott's setlists are always changing and adapting, so be in touch if you want to hear something specific!