BENin10D

BENin10D

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Country - Contemporary | New Orleans-Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Member Since: 2008
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BENin10D - Great Original Music

A. Joseph "Joe B." Benintende III, a 2nd generation Sicilian here in America, born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA was introduced to music almost from birth. He was introduced to playing at age 6 from legendary writer and performer "Johnny Rivers". Johnny's Mom, lived next door and BENin10D would sit and watch and listen as Johnny played song after song on his mothers front porch and then his mom purchased BEN his first guitar, an old warped Harmony and he began doing everything that Johnny taught him. He shares the strings on that Harmony must have been 1/4 from the neck so he learned on it and then played a "real" guitar and playing was smooth and easy, he could not believe what he had been missing.
With a nickname of BEN and living in apartment 10D it was easy for people to create his bands name and as GOD would have it, it also happens to be the exact proper pronunciation of his Sicilian last name. Of course like a lot of people he played in bands his entire life.
In college he played football, which only left the off season to play music in a band and he was introduced to promoting concerts by joining the University Entertainment Committee. After college he followed his educational direction for a short while but very soon was asked by his close friend Gregg Allman to come work for him and he left his job and worked with Gregg. One of BEN's most memorable moments of all time musically was sitting in Gregg's living room one night while Gregg sat at his old upright piano and played old Mississippi Delta Blues all night by himself, it was the most soothing and coolest music he has ever heard to this day. After several years of this,he was then approached by an old friend who asked him to come home and work for a rather large concert promoter and he took the gig and 20+ years later of promoting concerts and tours, Live Nation bought the company and people began to leave the company and out of the blue, Ben suffered a Spinal Cord injury in an automobile accident, when rear ended while stopped at a red light, paralyzed from the waist down (L5 down), which meant the end of being on the road and the 18 hour days of doing shows. It was a dark time at first, but knowing Ben he soon found that shining optimistic eternal HOPE he is known for and began to make the best out of his situation.He began to focus his energy on his writing. Most people do not know, but when you work in the promoting industry it is the biggest TABOO of all to ever promote your own music to an artist you are working with, after all as a promoter it is part of your job to protect an artist from that. Ben, on top of writing songs that he hopes and prays a national artist will use to record and make a hit of,also is very patriotic and feels strongly about certain "Causes", so he writes music for those organizations. Those range from America, Healing Heroes, Hunger in America and Abused Children, he loves giving any way he can to those groups and helps ANYWAY he can.
BENin10D writes from the heart and always has an artist in mind when writing a song, he does not have any ideas of being a Country or Rock Star, he merely wants them to record his music and make them hits. He believes with every fiber of his body that it is not if it is going to happen, but just "When" and that will be when he can get off of Disability. But whether or not his songs become big hits or not writing music is his Joy and blessing. BENin10D wishes to Thank everyone who has supported him,including the fans he has picked up along the way, he Thanks God each day for each one of them. There are a few, like Gary Weinberger of Red Mountain Entertainment, Tour Promoter Of The Year who has gone out of his way to look out for BENin10D and has been mega supportive. We hope you enjoy the music and GOD BLESS !