Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ben Rector makes passionate and melodic, piano-driven, adult alternative contemporary pop. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1986, he studied piano while he was growing up and, by his teens, was also singing, playing guitar, and writing his own music. However, it wasn't until he studied at the University of Arkansas that he began recording his songs. A self-titled EP Rector released during his freshman year at college caught on locally, and soon he was playing live shows.
By the time he graduated in 2009, he'd released two full-length albums, 2007's Twenty Tomorrow and 2008's Songs That Duke Wrote. After college, Rector relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career as both a songwriter and performer. In 2010, he released his third studio album, Into the Morning, which reached the number 11 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Also around this time, he began nabbing headlining slots for such established acts as Five for Fighting and Dave Barnes. In 2011, he returned with Something Like This, which also received positive attention (especially for an independent release), climbing into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 chart. In 2013, Rector released his fifth studio album, The Walking in Between. The concert album, Live in Denver, appeared in 2014. In 2015, he returned with the studio effort Brand New, his second album released on his own Aptly Named Recordings. ~ Matt Collar