American singer, songwriter and record producer Ben Rector has released the track, “Joy”, off his eighth studio album, “The Joy of Music.”
During his first year at the University of Arkansas, Rector released a self-titled EP that featured the song “Conversation”, which went on to win the Grand Prize in the Pop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2006.
Rector released his first full-length album Twenty Tomorrow in 2007 and its follow-up Songs That Duke Wrote in 2008.
In April 2009 he was given the Northwest Arkansas Music Award (NAMA) for best male singer-songwriter in Northwest Arkansas. Later that year, he moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting and to continue his career as an artist.
Rector’s third studio album, Into the Morning, was released on February 16, 2010, and reached No. 11 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. Following the release, he co-headlined the Three Amigos Tour with fellow Nashvillians Steve Moakler and Andrew Ripp. The rest of 2010 brought support slots with Dave Barnes and Five for Fighting, The Beat Lives Forever co-headline tour with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, and the Feels Like Home tour in Germany, organized by Johannes Strate of the German band Revolverheld.
Rector’s fourth studio album Something Like This was released on September 13, 2011, reaching No. 41 on the Billboard 200. Inmid-2011, Rector co-produced Steve Moakler’s Watching Time Run. Following the release of Something Like This Rector headlined the Good Time Tour which spanned 25 cities with Andrew Belle and Graham Colton as support. Rector supported Needtobreathe during their The Reckoning tour in early 2012, which continued until May 2013.
The Walking in Between was released on August 20, 2013. Produced by Rector, Jamie Kenney and Charlie Peacock, it was the first release on Rector’s own Aptly Named Recordings label. The album debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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, marking his first Top 10 album. It also debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Current Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on the Billboard Album Core Genre Rock chart, No. 6 on the Billboard Album Sales chart, No. 3 on the Billboard Top Current Digital Album Sales chart, and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Folk Albums chart.
On June 22, 2018, Rector released his seventh studio album, Magic, his first with OK Kid Recordings, which was led by its first single, “Drive”. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart, and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and No. 44 on the Billboard 200.
In September 2018, Rector embarked on his nationwide tour, Magic: The Tour, that continued into early 2019. In 2019, Rector was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Performance for his appearance on Pickler and Ben in 2018.
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