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Ben Tankard & Tribe Of Benjamin

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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I've met this Brother and like his music he is a Blessing!!!
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malkia95
Your music is a blessing to me, I look forward to hearing more from you
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Smooth cool music for the Christian who is laid back
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janis1992
I look forward to hearing more from my Brother Ben !
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Big ups to Mr. Tankard. nice music.
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Is this the tankard that has a realty show on T.V.
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shantodiane
Wonderful, soothing vibe to have on at home and work. I highly recommend Mr. Tankard and his Tribe. Diane
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THIS IS TRUE, REAL TALK!!!!" WE ALL NEED TO PRAY MORE!!!!"!!
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mslynne.mars h a l l
My first time hearing this artist and I am truly enjoying it!!
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He without question is The Man. No question about it.
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To respond to the comment must be a gift from God, All gift come from God. We are privileged by the annointing of the Great man of God. May he continue to show you favor. May He continue to bless us the listeners to be able to hear the word of God through this precious gift. Thank you Thank you
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brobooh
All of Ben Tanks music are anointed. What a story of his life. Never read music...Must be a gift from God.
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What can I say, "I just love every song and album produced by this artist". I had the priviledge of actually meeting Ben Tankard and I've been in love with his music every since. He's truly Blessed and I'm glad he's now on the scene of Christian Jazz.
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f4rstrings
love all of his albums,my cat
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sandramagall a n e s
i really like his album, every song i hear im impressed.
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ahaskins3
I am so happy to have discovered this artist. I love listening to his soothing instrumental praise music during the day at work. My God continue to bless him and keep him. I Love this music!!
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Love this brother's music! I always loved secular contemporary jazz and I was so glad to see this genre in Christian and Gospel music! God is sooo awesome!!
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thankyou for your witness thru song and yes he will continue to bless you.. and us in turn ALL PRAISES TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS THE CHRIST..
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comfort89
he is real. down to earth. a wonderful personality. it was a pleasure meeting him at my church in ucf-lc,la. i hope that's not the last time we see him. my son came to church that sunday morning, and Tankard said all the right words to keep him faithful. thanks so much he and i needed that. he is the perfect exxample of letting people know that it is not a bore to serve God, you can still have laugther. i wish the best for him and his family.
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Please just keep doing what you are doing, your music is a "true blessing" to everyone who listens! Keep utilizing your gifts and anointings!
God bless you and yours always!
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THE BADDDDEST GOSPEL JAZZ ARTIST ALIVE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! LUV IT!! GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST.
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Thank from Marjorie and Gregory Walker for every things you put in song you are a gifted man . We sent thank cruise 2008
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jazzyblue2
I love this song. It's a beautiful spiritual song that one can listen to while driving or relaxing. I love the music — jazzy R&B. Way to go!

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