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EDITORS’ NOTES

Rector’s fourth studio album, Something Like This, opens on “Let the Good Times Roll”: an uplifting and timeless tune with a gospel choir–infused chorus that sort of sounds like Motown signed Gavin DeGraw. Rector sings in a more whispered voice on “Song for the Suburbs,” an inspired anthemic standout with droning church organ, marching rhythms, and backing vocals. It’s difficult to imagine Rector singing these songs without a perpetual smile on his face, especially when the soulful “Never Gonna Let You Go” starts grooving on an old Fender Rhodes electric piano and buoyant bass lines. “Without You” takes a break from the retro accompaniment with pulsing sequenced drum beats and a dramatically romantic melody that suggests Rector may have more than one Coldplay album in his collection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rector’s fourth studio album, Something Like This, opens on “Let the Good Times Roll”: an uplifting and timeless tune with a gospel choir–infused chorus that sort of sounds like Motown signed Gavin DeGraw. Rector sings in a more whispered voice on “Song for the Suburbs,” an inspired anthemic standout with droning church organ, marching rhythms, and backing vocals. It’s difficult to imagine Rector singing these songs without a perpetual smile on his face, especially when the soulful “Never Gonna Let You Go” starts grooving on an old Fender Rhodes electric piano and buoyant bass lines. “Without You” takes a break from the retro accompaniment with pulsing sequenced drum beats and a dramatically romantic melody that suggests Rector may have more than one Coldplay album in his collection.

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About Ben Rector

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ben Rector makes passionate and melodic, piano-driven, adult alternative contemporary pop. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1986, he studied piano while he was growing up and, by his teens, was also singing, playing guitar, and writing his own music. However, it wasn't until he studied at the University of Arkansas that he began recording his songs. A self-titled EP that Rector released during his freshman year at college caught on locally, and soon he was playing live shows.

By the time he graduated in 2009, he'd released two full-length albums, 2007's Twenty Tomorrow and 2008's Songs That Duke Wrote. After college, Rector relocated to Nashville to pursue a career as both a songwriter and performer. In 2010, he released his third studio album, Into the Morning, which reached the number 11 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Also around this time, he began nabbing support slots for such established acts as Five for Fighting and Dave Barnes. In 2011, he returned with Something Like This, which also received positive attention (especially for an independent release) and climbed to number 41 on the album chart. In 2013, Rector released his fifth studio album, The Walking in Between, and easily cracked the Top 40. The concert album, Live in Denver, appeared in 2014. In 2015, he returned with the studio effort Brand New, his second album released on his own Aptly Named Recordings. Debuting within the Top Ten, it continued to perform well during 2016, thanks in large part to the success of the hook-driven single "Brand New." ~ Matt Collar

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