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Ben Tankard

He's been called "the Quincy Jones of Gospel," and besides being one of the best-selling instrumentalists in Christian music, keyboard player Ben Tankard has justified his tag, producing many stellar gospel projects as well as serving as an executive vice-president at Tribute Records, for which he has recorded extensively. Born in Florida to a minister father and a missionary mother, he began playing drums in church at the age of three. He later graduated to tuba and was offered several music scholarships to college, though he eventually accepted a basketball scholarship instead.

Tankard endured a rough period of depression and homelessness when a knee injury prevented him from turning professional (though he was drafted by the NBA). A visit to a revival service put him on the right track, an almost overnight, he became a very talented keyboard/organ player. Tankard began his witness in song with 1990's Keynote Speaker, recorded for Tribute Records. He continued recording and soon moved into production and arranging as well, calling on his reserves of early musical training to provide impeccable jobs for Yolanda Adams, the Alabama State Mass Choir and Michael Bruce. His albums were often light jazz works, offering soothing, reflective gospel instrumentals that were similar to mainstream efforts from George Benson and Kenny G. By 2002, he had released enough albums to put together a "best of" collection, highlighted by a cover of Stevie Wonder's "You Will Know" featuring Take 6. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Hallelujah!! ! Jesus is love....
dpayne187
No words...gone bruh
Mr. Ben Tankard thank you for this wonderful music I love gospel and jazz music what a great combination God bless you. I'm happy to see a father and his kids moving forward we need to see more of our black positive fathers embracing their kids, they are out there thank you
kandekurl
Just learned about your music..watch i n g your reality show...your music..all I can say is My My My....
rprior001
Love the spiritual vibe!!! May you also have continued success on you showThicker than water!!!

smashinlashe s
Ben Tankard is such a humble Man of God and Family Man. May God Continue to bless you Pastor Ben and your lovely wife Pastor Jewel
smashinlashe s
correction humble and funny Man of God
smashinlashe s
Ben Tankard is such a humble funny Man of God and Family Man. May God Continue to bless you Pastor Ben and your lovely wife Pastor Jewel
BT love your music
Blessed the man of god with this tune and talent
BT has developed a silky smooth sound...cont i n u e d blessings!
The music being played, leaves you wanting more, to feed your heart's aching desire to be fulfilled
Sweet
Amen!
THE ONLY ONE THAT LOVES METHANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE AND MERCY AMEN.
Very tasteful, ,Christian can jazz it up too!
I love jazz but gospel jazz....WOW this guy is AWESOME!!!
Absolutely delightful, smooth soothing music for soul, a joy to listen to, God bless
All good gospel is in my heart love good music
HE IS A INSPIRATION FOR ALL KEYBOARD PLAYERS
Ben is so awesome!!!
God Bless you in your Ministry the more!
Super sweet.
I love love love Ben Tankard , and everything he does.
Ben is a blessing to music
Soothing, comforting and so serene/peace f u l .
Praise God Ben your tanker has Ben spirit filled at birth
Thanks Mr. Ben for allowing me to know that God is awesome God...
Some of the best Gospel music in the world!!
I love his music
On the favorite song, "Keynote Speaker" the best bar none!!!!
The most heartfelt gospel& jazz I've
Ever heard in my life! I know good
Music.
I thought the same thing.
Sounds like Shirley Murdock.... Somebody please confirm... Thanks!
he is so anointed.
OMG...I LOVE his style of playing. Thanks for sharing
You can't help but STOP and check this side out. All I can say is MY, My Goodness. This is tough. Thank you for sharing BT
chocolatebea u t y . m c
OMG!!!!!! I have been a fan of Mr. Tankard's since as far back as I can remember!!!! ! ! ! ! I LOVE ALL of your music but my absolute favorite song of his is SUNDAY DRIVE!!!!!! That song just ministers to me in such a way thats just indescribeab l e . I had the rare opportunity of seeing Him in concert back in 2004 in Tulsa,OK. All I can say is... it was AMAZING!!!! Thank you so much Man of God for using your gifts to the honor and glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you and your famil
HOW TOUCHING MAKES YOU STOP ,LOOK AND LISTEN what a wonderful GOD HE is
brwnthckbty
Yessssss Speak to me Oh Lord! Jesus is L♡VE !
Way down in my ♥, his love is power&glory forever..... . .
Thanks Ben!!!
Talented artist that more jazz lovers need to discover.
.ben you are witness of gods presense
Ben thanks for allowing me a moment to just listen, rest and reflect on my wonderful awesome Lord! :)
wilkerson472
ben you r a master piece !
Love it Never heard of Ben.
BEN , BEN , BEN !!!
Mr. Ben Tankard voice will move your soul,so if you sit still through his music you have a problem,Keep it coming Ben I LOVE your Music,may God continue to BLESS you in All you strive to AChieve.
I have only been into Gospel music for 8 years now.This is my first time hearing of Ben Tankard. I do have a question about Mr. Ben Tankard for those who I hope won't take this question offensive. My question is does Ben have a high pitch voice on or is this a female singing this song.
onnetta2003
LOVE THIS SONG =)
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