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About Ben

Ben Higginbotham is a keyboardist and vocalist and songwriter who has been writing and performing his own music, as well as performing the music of others. He is a student of jazz and
has an ear for lyrics that make you smile and touch a part of your heart.

In 2009 Ben auditioned the DISD Arts Magnet High School (BTWHSPVA) and was accepted to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) in Dallas, Texas in both voice and piano. He is in the vocal program but has a large emphasis on keyboard.   When Ben accompanies himself singing, it has been said that his voice fills the room.

Ben Higginbotham has been playing in public since January 2009 when he played two songs at an open mic at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Texas. After completing his short set of a Jamie Cullum version of a Radiohead song and a Jimi Hendrix song, several folks came up to him, including one older fellow who said that he felt that he owed Ben an apology. Ben said that they didn’t even know each other. The gentleman said that when Ben was heading to the stage, he thought, “Here’s another punk kid trying to make music,” but after Ben had played, the gentleman felt that he owed Ben an apology because “you were fantastic!”

The truth is that Ben played two songs at an open mic two years earlier in
Boston, Massachusetts at Club Passim at Harvard Square as a 12 year old,
who had not had his voice change, yet.
He received nice adulations from the audience that night.
The adulations and his performances have kept coming. 
 
  • Good Morning Texas on WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas, Texas:  Live Performance of "I Hope We Can Be Friends for a Very Long Time" and an interview to open the daily show on February 5, 2013.
  • 2013 YoungArts Honorable Mention Award Winner in VOICE/Jazz Voice and scholarship money.
  • Downbeat's 35th Annual Student Music Awards: Ben, as part of the BTW Lab Singers, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, under Bart Marantz and Kent Ellingson, Dallas, Texas, received a Downbeat Award for PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE.
  • Berklee Five Week Performance Camp 2012: Ben attended in Boston, Massachusetts and was chosen to perform in the end of session Singer-Songwriter Showcase and was awarded audition-based scholarship money.
  • Semi-Finalist in the 2012 B. W. Stevenson Songwriter Competition at Poor David's Pub Dallas, Texas: 2012 Winner is Emily Elbert!
  • Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project: Ben attended the weeklong 2011 songwriting intensive for emerging songwriters on the Evanston, Illinois campus of Northwestern University. This is a program co-produced by Northwestern University's American Music Theatre Project and the Johnny Mercer Foundation. This year's master teachers were Craig Carnelia, Marcy Heisler, and Lari White. Ben closed the Songwriters Showcase on June 24th at the Josephine Louis Theater with the newly written song, "I Thought You Were Cool."  During the June 25th "Applause! Applause!" show honoring Charles Strouse and featuring Christine Ebersole and the master teachers, Ben performed his song "21" to a full house in the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. 
  • Marvin Hamlisch: In September 2010 Ben got to audition three songs for Marvin Hamlisch through BTWHSPVA.
  • Festival at the Switchyards:  Ben won the Carrollton Festival Battle of the Bands with two bandmates in October 2010 as well as $1000, which was hosted by Rick O'Bryan of MIX 102.9 FM, and he also earned a performance spot at the 2011 Festival.  Ben played the 2011 Festival with two bandmates and two back up vocalists and released his EP "I Think I'm Growing A Beard."  The headliners for the 2011 Festival included Third Eye Blind and Bob Schneider.
  • MIX 102.9 FM DFW:  On the MIX 102.9 DFW (facebook page the next Monday) (Rick) "Hey I hosted a "battle of the bands" over the weekend, and met a really talented kid...I think we could have an indie music star here someday...Ben is a student at Booker T. Washington HS in Dallas...writes and performs his own songs...check out his songs!"  Rick O'Bryan made similar comments over the air and played a minute or so of Ben's music over the air, too.
  • The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour:  The Recording Academy Texas Chapter and The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour allowed Ben and several other high school and college students to cover and record John Lennon's "Instant Karma" during SXSW week in Austin 2011.
  •  KXT 91.7 FM:  Ben had his song "21" from Booker 3, Volume 2 played on the radio during The Paul Slavens Show Sunday night April 17th, 2011.  KXT is a sister station to KERA 90.1 FM in Dallas, Texas.
  • 2010 Songshop Scholarship:  Ben was one of three BTW students awarded a  2010 Songshop Scholarship with Cary Pierce (received from the Booker T. Washington Advisory Board and Kort Peters) that included working on a school recording project, Booker 3, Volume 2 that includes co-writing a song with Cary Pierce of Jackopierce.
  • Northwest Bible Church: Ben has led and played multiple services on several Sundays at Northwest Bible Church. To quote a post on a church blog, "the "kid" who totally rocked the vocals during offering made the angels themselves bust a move." 2009-2010-2011-2012.  As a keyboardist and vocalist Ben has led high school worship music for his entire high school experience.   
  • BMI:  Ben is a BMI registered musician and has secured copyrights to 11 of his original songs.
  • BTWHSPVA:  Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Ben has recently graduated from Booker T. and will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall of this year. 
Ben has performed at a number of venues around Dallas and for the last four years continues to  
lead music worship for the high school group at Northwest Bible Church.
 

  It has been a fun last few years. 

Ben "Tube"ing

"I Hope We Will Be Friends for a Very Long Time" (original)  by Ben Higginbotham