Ben Rector (born November 8, 1986) is an American musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. His most recent record, Brand New,was released in August 2015. Ben has independently sold over 250,000 albums and 2 million single-song downloads.
Starting March 20, 2013 at Common Grounds in Waco, Texas, The Rectour continued until May 11, 2013, with Alpha Rev as direct support for all dates. Rector toured through 32 cites and 2 countries (United States and Canada).
The tour included sold out dates in the following cities: Waco, Texas; College Station, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Norman, Oklahoma; Auburn, Alabama; Birmingham, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; Knoxville, Tennessee; Greenville, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; New York, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Chicago, Illinois. His four-piece backing band included musicians Matthew Kidd (electric guitar), Cody Fry (guitar/keyboards), Kevin MacIntire (bass), and Jake Goss (drum set). In a nod to Elton John, Rector and his band earned the nickname Bennie & The Jets and opened every show with a cover of John’s famed hit.
The Walking in Between was released on August 20, 2013. It was partly produced by Jamie Kenney and Charlie Peacock and partially self-produced. It is the first release on Rector’s own Aptly Named Recordings label. The album debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Rector toured with Needtobreathe, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Colony House for the first leg of the “Tour De Compadres” tour in early 2015.
Rector released his sixth studio album Brand New on August 28, 2015 via Aptly Named Recordings. The album debuted No. 9 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 26,000 units and marking his biggest sales week to date and his first Top 10 album.It also debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Top Current Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on Billboard Album Core Genre Rock chart, No. 6 on Billboard Album Sales chart, No. 3 on Billboard Top Current Digital Album Sales chart, and No. 1 on Billboard Top Folk Albums chart.