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Birthname: Benjamin Tankard
Nationality: American
Born: Jan 10 1964


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Ben Tankard has been called "the Godfather of GospelJazz" and is the best-selling instrumentalist in the world in that genre. He is also President / CEO of Tribute Records, for which he records exclusively.

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 and later became a professional basketball player (6'6 guard). Tankard endured a rough period of depression and ... Read more

Via : Wikipedia

Ben Tankard has been called "the Godfather of GospelJazz" and is the best-selling instrumentalist in the world in that genre. He is also President / CEO of Tribute Records, for which he records exclusively.

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 and later became a professional basketball player (6'6 guard). Tankard endured a rough period of depression and near homelessness when a knee injury prevented completing his first NBA camp. A visit to a revival service put him on the right track, and almost overnight, he became a very talented keyboardist.

Since he came on the scene in 1990 Ben's musical accomplishments have earned him a total of three Grammy nominations, eight Dove Award nominations, and twelve Stellar Awards including 2010's "Best Instrumental Album" for his Mercy, Mercy, Mercy CD. This was his career highest charting release and featured an instrumental remake of the Chris Tomlin Christian hit song, "How Great Is Our God". Though many of Tankard's releases have received heavy rotation on gospel and smooth jazz stations, The Weather Channel, XM Satellite Radio and cable TV's Music Choice, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy was the first CD in the history of Billboard Magazine to chart on the gospel, contemporary jazz, and jazz chart all at the same time.

With his ability to assemble stellar talent for his recordings, Tankard has been also been called the "Quincy Jones of Gospel", and is the bestselling gospeljazz instrumentalist in the world with 17 solo albums to his credit. In additional to his extensive work with Yolanda Adams, Tankard has produced and collaborated with several other Grammy Award winning, gold and platinum artists including, Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, John P. Kee, Shirley Murdock, Twinkie Clark and Gerald Albright.

Based in Murfreesboro, TN (near Nashville), Tankard is an avid aviator and instrument rated pilot. He flies to most of his concerts and speaking events on his own Cessna airplanes. He shares the joy of flight with young children through his Urban Eagles outreach program. Since 2007 he has worked with the NBA on special projects as a musician and speaker. Tankard married Jewel LaGreen on January 27, 2000. They have five children, Marcus, Benji, Brooklyn, Britney, and Cyrene. Having both been survivors of divorce, the Tankards often speak on TV and at national conferences on marriage and the blended family. In 2002, The Tankard's launched Destiny Center Church in Murfreesboro, TN which is also the national headquarters for Tribute Records.

On July 16, 2011 Tankard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Musical Excellence as an artist, producer, and songwriter by The Atlanta Gospel-fest.

NOTE: Ben's new record "Ben Tankard & Friends / Good Times" is currently in production and will release March/2012. Special guests to include: Mark Kibble/Take 6 (Vocals), Gerald Albright (sax), Tim Bowman (guitar), Cynthia Jones (Neo Soul Vocal) and others.

www.bentankard.org

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Via : Wikipedia

Ben Tankard has been called "the Godfather of GospelJazz" and is the best-selling instrumentalist in the world in that genre. He is also President / CEO of Tribute Records, for which he records exclusively.

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 and later became a professional basketball player (6'6 guard). Tankard endured a rough period of depression and near homelessness when a knee injury prevented completing his first NBA camp. A visit to a revival service put him on the right track, and almost overnight, he became a very talented keyboardist.

Since he came on the scene in 1990 Ben's musical accomplishments have earned him a total of three Grammy nominations, eight Dove Award nominations, and twelve Stellar Awards including 2010's "Best Instrumental Album" for his Mercy, Mercy, Mercy CD. This was his career highest charting release and featured an instrumental remake of the Chris Tomlin Christian hit song, "How Great Is Our God". Though many of Tankard's releases have received heavy rotation on gospel and smooth jazz stations, The Weather Channel, XM Satellite Radio and cable TV's Music Choice, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy was the first CD in the history of Billboard Magazine to chart on the gospel, contemporary jazz, and jazz chart all at the same time.

With his ability to assemble stellar talent for his recordings, Tankard has been also been called the "Quincy Jones of Gospel", and is the bestselling gospeljazz instrumentalist in the world with 17 solo albums to his credit. In additional to his extensive work with Yolanda Adams, Tankard has produced and collaborated with several other Grammy Award winning, gold and platinum artists including, Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, John P. Kee, Shirley Murdock, Twinkie Clark and Gerald Albright.

Based in Murfreesboro, TN (near Nashville), Tankard is an avid aviator and instrument rated pilot. He flies to most of his concerts and speaking events on his own Cessna airplanes. He shares the joy of flight with young children through his Urban Eagles outreach program. Since 2007 he has worked with the NBA on special projects as a musician and speaker. Tankard married Jewel LaGreen on January 27, 2000. They have five children, Marcus, Benji, Brooklyn, Britney, and Cyrene. Having both been survivors of divorce, the Tankards often speak on TV and at national conferences on marriage and the blended family. In 2002, The Tankard's launched Destiny Center Church in Murfreesboro, TN which is also the national headquarters for Tribute Records.

On July 16, 2011 Tankard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Musical Excellence as an artist, producer, and songwriter by The Atlanta Gospel-fest.

NOTE: Ben's new record "Ben Tankard & Friends / Good Times" is currently in production and will release March/2012. Special guests to include: Mark Kibble/Take 6 (Vocals), Gerald Albright (sax), Tim Bowman (guitar), Cynthia Jones (Neo Soul Vocal) and others.

www.bentankard.org

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Via : Wikipedia

Ben Tankard has been called "the Godfather of GospelJazz" and is the best-selling instrumentalist in the world in that genre. He is also President / CEO of Tribute Records, for which he records exclusively.

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 and later became a professional basketball player (6'6 guard). Tankard endured a rough period of depression and near homelessness when a knee injury prevented completing his first NBA camp. A visit to a revival service put him on the right track, and almost overnight, he became a very talented keyboardist.

Since he came on the scene in 1990 Ben's musical accomplishments have earned him a total of three Grammy nominations, eight Dove Award nominations, and twelve Stellar Awards including 2010's "Best Instrumental Album" for his Mercy, Mercy, Mercy CD. This was his career highest charting release and featured an instrumental remake of the Chris Tomlin Christian hit song, "How Great Is Our God". Though many of Tankard's releases have received heavy rotation on gospel and smooth jazz stations, The Weather Channel, XM Satellite Radio and cable TV's Music Choice, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy was the first CD in the history of Billboard Magazine to chart on the gospel, contemporary jazz, and jazz chart all at the same time.

With his ability to assemble stellar talent for his recordings, Tankard has been also been called the "Quincy Jones of Gospel", and is the bestselling gospeljazz instrumentalist in the world with 17 solo albums to his credit. In additional to his extensive work with Yolanda Adams, Tankard has produced and collaborated with several other Grammy Award winning, gold and platinum artists including, Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, John P. Kee, Shirley Murdock, Twinkie Clark and Gerald Albright.

Based in Murfreesboro, TN (near Nashville), Tankard is an avid aviator and instrument rated pilot. He flies to most of his concerts and speaking events on his own Cessna airplanes. He shares the joy of flight with young children through his Urban Eagles outreach program. Since 2007 he has worked with the NBA on special projects as a musician and speaker. Tankard married Jewel LaGreen on January 27, 2000. They have five children, Marcus, Benji, Brooklyn, Britney, and Cyrene. Having both been survivors of divorce, the Tankards often speak on TV and at national conferences on marriage and the blended family. In 2002, The Tankard's launched Destiny Center Church in Murfreesboro, TN which is also the national headquarters for Tribute Records.

On July 16, 2011 Tankard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Musical Excellence as an artist, producer, and songwriter by The Atlanta Gospel-fest.

NOTE: Ben's new record "Ben Tankard & Friends / Good Times" is currently in production and will release March/2012. Special guests to include: Mark Kibble/Take 6 (Vocals), Gerald Albright (sax), Tim Bowman (guitar), Cynthia Jones (Neo Soul Vocal) and others.

www.bentankard.org

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