By any measure, Ben Gunderseimer has followed an unusual career path. Beginning with open mics and coffee houses, his early work earned him the first songwriting scholarship awarded by Berklee College of Music. He went on to front several bands and tour the club circuit, sharing the stage with breakout artists like Phish, Crash Test Dummies, and The Spin Doctors.
Despite the momentum, he grew disenchanted with the music industry and longed for a career that was more closely connected to his values. Inspired by his childhood hero, Pete Seeger - who said “The future of the entire human race lies in the hands of children” - Ben walked away from his musical career and went back to graduate school where he earned a Masters in Education.
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.