"It all begins with a great song" says newcomer Ben Reno and he enjoys doing it all. This 19 year-old, multi-talented Californian, now living in Nashville, writes his own music, sings, performs, and plays guitar, drums, banjo, bass and keyboards. He has co-produced his debut CD Ben Reno "Forever Young" released May 2009 with Paul Taylor who has toured and written songs with Journey, Steve Perry, John Waite, Alice Cooper, Winger, etc.
In addition, Reno was the youngest person in the United States to become a certified operator by Digidesign Company in the use of their Protools digital audio recording software and hardware. He recalls, "the training was pretty intense but I hung in there. I received the best training of my life and learned so much from industry veterans like mixing master Ed Seay. Its all the little things and tricks they do that make a great record." Reno wrote, performed, engineered, mixed and played many of the instruments on his album cuts.
Ben Reno began his music journey at the age of 5 when he got his first drum set for Christmas and years later played with the school jazz band and church worship team. He discovered one of his fathers guitars at the age of 12. The rest was history when he realized he could write his own songs with the guitar. The inspiration for his writing comes from real life personal experiences. "Its a release of my emotions," Reno says, " and I love all kinds of music and Ive been influenced by all of it from classic rock like Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty to Journey, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, James Brown, the Beatles, James Taylor and Vince Gill. Anything that makes you feel good."
His first music video "California Sun", directed by Glenn Sweitzer (Rascal Flatts, Whiskey Falls, Lady Antebellum, Keni Thomas, Tim McGraw) can be watch right here on GAC.