Ben Rector
Ben Rector During his freshman year at University of Arkansas, musical ingenue Ben Rector recorded a self-titled EP that featured the song "Conversation, " which won the Grand Prize in the pop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2006. He is the youngest person ever to win the award for the pop category. The EP grew popular in surrounding states, and by his sophomore year, Rector began touring frequently on weekends and during breaks in the school year. In 2008 Rector released his first full-length record, "Twenty Tomorrow," followed by "Songs That Duke Wrote" in 2009. That same year, Rector was given the NAMA award for best singer songwriter in Northwest Arkansas. During his college career at the University of Arkansas he played approximately 200 shows. In June 2009 Rector moved to Nashville with his wife to pursue songwriting and to continue his career as an artist. On November 28, 2009, he released "Jingles and Bells," a Christmas album composed of classic Christmas songs. Rector arranged the songs and played all the instruments on the album. He released his most recent album, "Into The Morning," on February 16, 2010. Through word of mouth, the record peaked at No. 5 on the iTunes pop chart, No. 10 on the iTunes overall chart, and No. 11 on Billboard Heatseekers. Immediately following the release, Rector co-headlined the "Three Amigos" tour throughout the eastern half of the United States with fellow Nashvillians Steve Moakler and Andrew Ripp. Later in the spring of 2010 he toured with both Dave Barnes and Five for Fighting. His song "After All" was used in the June 15, 2010 episode of the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars.