Ben Rector

benrector2Sometimes you come across great music when you least expect it.  You might be sitting in a coffee shop when you hear a song come on the radio you’ve never heard before.  Desperately with your new iPhone app you hold it to the sky in the hopes that the conversational crowd noise and steaming grande french vanilla lattes isn’t enough to drown out your phone recognizing the song so you can check it out later when the noise has died down.  Sometimes you find artists on the internet by chance or on Pandora or on one of the many online radio stations.  And sometimes, it just happens.

For instance, I was recently at an Andrew Ripp show in Chicago to catch up and I came across one of my new favorite artists:  Ben Rector.  My first thoughts?  He has a sweet name.  My second thoughts?  He has a sweet sound.  His candid versions of many of his album songs were powerful and enough to suck up the full attention of the audience with every high note.  The songs were extremely catchy (as I found myself humming the tunes immediately after the show and it was the first time they’d ever made it to my ears…)  He did a number of songs from his latest album, Into the Morning, including a rather comical version of his single “The Beat” and an improvised version of “Loving You Is Easy.”  But what really drew me in were his ballads.  “When A Heart Breaks” and “Moving Backwards” were both made solo acts at the show, but are just as intimate on the album.  The mixture of his powerful voice with nothing but the piano was enough to make anyone’s heart melt (including my own…guilty…)

His new album is full of catchy tracks and has enough staying power to make any singer-songwriter jealous.  Check out this sweet video with his rendition of Free Fallin’:

If you like Ben Rector, check out Matt Hires!

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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