While teaching in an elementary school, he began writing songs for his students and singing together during recess. Soon, requests started rolling in and he found himself performing at birthday parties and school functions. As a new musical career took shape, Ben adopted the stage name “MISTER G
” which was given to him by students who couldn’t pronounce his last name. In a few short years, he went from performing at libraries and school assemblies to festival stages like Lollapoolaza, Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Now a leading figure in the world of children’s music, he has released ten albums, toured the world, and published two picture books with Penguin Random House. Hailed as a “bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he has recorded and performed with artists from throughout Latin America and won a Latin GRAMMY Award in recognition of his cross-cultural collaborations as well as his strength as a songwriter and producer.
This year marks Ben’s return to his roots as a singer-songwriter. His forthcoming release “Sarasota” introduces a backlog of material written for adult audiences. Written in Spanish, the song “Tú y tú” reflects his experiences working on both sides of the US-Mexico border, while the ballad “Warm Hands & Bones” takes refuge in the fleeting moments that lovers share. Read More....