BEN TORRES is an 18 year old guitarist/singer/songwriter born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ben’s interest in music began at an early age having acquired his first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster, when he was just 9 years old. He’s played with non-stop ambition ever since.
In his young musical life, Ben has studied guitar for 5 years with Sean McWilliams, Mike Walker and Ryan Phillips and 2 1/2 years of vocal studies with Manny Lujan, Christine Andrus and Ron Feldman. He’s perennially attended week-long Rock and Roll Camps at Valencia College in Orlando, and has attended the Avalon School of Music’s Advanced Guitar Shredding. Ben has also studied advanced theory, songwriting and techniques for seven years.
His performance career highlights include opening for The Little River Band at Palm Coast’s “Rockin Rib Fest”, performing as a feature artist at the popular “Delandapalooza” music festival, headlining at “Hogs On The Hill” during Daytona Beach’s legendary Bike Week, as well as playing many local venues and restaurants.
At the age of 16, Ben released his first full-length CD “Like No Place Else”. The album was produced by Mike Walker at Dreamwalker Studios and features 8 original songs written by Ben, and another 2 songs co-written with Walker. The album made it’s FM radio debut on Beach 92.7.
His latest work is a single entitled “The Life We’re Given” and is scheduled for worldwide digital release May 2015. The song is about those who can not escape their past and as a result it affects their future. Written by Ben, the song was produced by Maika Maile and mastered by Chris Athens.
One of Ben’s goals is to become a well known artist familiar to every household. Ben’s musical talents grow tremendously due to his consistent practice and love for rock. His desire and dream to play on stage in front of thousands grows stronger every day.
His favorite artists are Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, 311, Brad Paisley, and the Zac Brown Band.