24 January 1964 (age 53)
Since he came on the national scene in 1990, there have been many titles associated with Ben Tankard, from the Quincy Jones of Gospel to the father of GospelJazz.
Ben explains, "Technically, the music is the same. A Christian "C" note sounds the same as a non-Christian note, but as a minister, God releases His Spirit and power through me the music becomes a vehicle-of-salvation to carry God's love, healing and deliverance."
As a modern day "David" and often referred to as "The Minstrel", Ben Tankard has a strong anointing to play under the unction of the Holy Spirit and has witnessed tumors melting, people
being raised out of wheel chairs, deaf ears opened, and relationships mended in his concert-crusades.
Tankard states, "signs and
wonders must follow when a minstrel plays. We should expect debt cancellations and all other yokes to be destroyed and burdens lifted when our music is played".
He has won 9 Stellar Awards, 34 Stellar, 8 Dove, 3 Grammy nominations and is the best selling GospelJazz instrumentalist in the world.
Also a "hit-maker" producer, Ben discovered Yolanda Adams and has produced several top records on her as well as collaborations with Take-6, Fred Hammond, John P, Kee, among others.
Tankard's 1997 hit song "Git Yo Praize On" with his ensemble, Tribe Of Benjamin, has become the most used phrase among praise teams.
All this from a man who has never had one lesson!
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