Ben Smith
Country of Residence:
United States
Ben has performed and/or recorded with: Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Buddahead, Taj Mahal, Cyndi Lauper, Lovemongers, Pete Droge, Don Gilmore, Tracy Nelson, BoyMeetsGirl, Deniece Williams, Peter Frampton, P.F. Sloan, Cornelius Bumpus, Danny O'Keefe, Sugar Pie de Santos, jazz artists Nancy Wilson, Ernestine Anderson and Glenn Alexander, Phoebe Snow, The Songcatchers featuring Charles Neville, Kenny G, banjo god Danny Barnes, as well as many other talented artists live and in the studio.........

Ben began performing with Ann and Nancy Wilson in 1994, with their band Lovemongers including founding members Frank Cox and Sue Ennis. He has had the honor to work live and in the studio with the Wilson sisters and Heart ever since, with a new release on Sony/Legacy “Fanatic” for October of 2012, produced by Ben Mink. Ben recorded drums for the Cameron Crowe film (and soundtrack) "Almost Famous", with Nancy Wilson composing and performing, featuring Peter Frampton and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, which included the songs by the band "Stillwater". He also performed with Nancy Wilson for the Cameron Crowe film "Vanilla Sky" starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, including the song "I Fall Apart", sung by Cameron Diaz. Ben worked for Nancy Wilson on Cameron Crowe's film "Elizabethtown", and also for several other feature films, including “The Great Buck Howard” with composer Blake Neely. Other film work includes "Smoke Signals", "Around the Fire", "Skins" and "Mod Squad", all with composer BC Smith, as well as “High Water “ with composer Phil Marshall.

Other recording work Ben has done include projects drumming for Buddahead, Subminute Radio and Shoveljerk, all for producer Don Gilmore; various recordings for producer/writer Pete Droge; for Peter Himmelman; shows and/or recordings w/Glenn Alexander, Tracy Nelson, Boy Meets Girl, producer Thom Bell, songwriter/producer George Merrill, songwriter/guitarist Paul Allen, Danny O'Keefe, Danny Barnes, various projects for producer Mark Wolfson, PJ Newman, Taj Mahal, Deniece Williams, Christine Evans, Tingstad Rumbel, Phoebe Snow, Mark Pender, producers Tom Hall and Daniel Christopherson, jazz vocalists Ernestine Anderson and Nancy Wilson, and many amazing, hard working musicians world wide...... Ben played on many dates in the world-wide with Heart, including tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Cheap Trick, Shawn Colvin, Todd Rundgren and other legendary acts; drum clinics in Canada and the US; live shows with his fun club band DreamWreck, Kate Borkowski, and several other artists. With a busy year already in swing, Ben has enjoyed producing two upcoming releases, recording with his friends and touring with Heart on the strength of the 2012 release Fanatic on Sony/Legacy Records.

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