“I believe you go where you are celebrated,” said 15-time Stellar award-winning keyboardist Ben Tankard about his choice of featured artists on his new album Full Tank 3: CanTANKerous.
The featured artists on Grammy award- nominated Tankard’s new album, include: saxophonist Gerald Albright and Grammy Award winning Take 6; saxophonist Paul Taylor; saxophonist Cord Martin; and guitarist Phil Hughley.
Ben was a basketball star who injured his knee and was forced to turn to his first love— music.
He garnered the reputation as the father of gospel jazz. Tankard stated that the new album is based on his best-selling book The Full Tank Life: Fuel Your Dreams-Ignite Your Destiny.
Also a pastor at The Destiny Center in Tennessee, Ben stars in his own reality show “The Tankards” on the Bravo Network. Full Tank 3 is released on his own label Ben-Jamin’ Universal Music/Central. Tankard believes people should live a “full-tank” life.
“This is year four. Next season we’re dropping the ‘thicker than water’ part because there are so many versions,” he said about his family reality show. “We are just going to call it ‘The Tankards’ in season four.”
In 1990, Tankard signed a third grade school teacher with vocal talents whom we know today as Yolanda Adams to his label. He was just 25 years old. He produced her first four projects. He credits Yolanda for bringing his own talents to the spotlight and was the first artist noted for releasing a full instrumental album combining gospel and jazz.
Other artists he has collaborated with or produced projects for, include: Take 6, Fred Hammond, Kelly Price, John p. Kee, Shirley Murdock and Gerald Albright. He taught himself how to play the piano and how to produce. He is also a pilot who flies himself to most of his concerts.
The Ben Tankard Tour is now underway. For more information about the Full Tank 3 album release and to find out if the Ben Tankard Tour is coming to a location close to you, visit: www.BenTankard.org.
Eunice Moseley is a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates.
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