You know magic when you see it, touch it, or hear it. You’ll instantly recognize the sensation on Ben Rector’s appropriately titled seventh full-length offering, Magic. The Oklahoma-born and Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist uncovers that feeling within 13 anthems equally rooted in whimsical nostalgia and excitement for the future.
By reminiscing and culling inspiration from classic eighties films and formative memories, he jumped ahead...
“It tied the seasons of my life together,” he explains. “There’s magic in reminiscing and nostalgia, there’s magic in the present, watching my daughter’s first few months of life, and magic in realizing that one day when I look back, these days will have the same shimmer of nostalgia that my childhood did.’
His ceaseless touring and prolific output paid off in a big way on the 2015 breakout, Brand New. Not only did it bow at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 but it yielded a massive hit in the form of the title track “Brand New.” Clocking 41 million-plus streams on Spotify, the single organically landed over 40 film and television placements, including a trailer for The Edge of Seventeen and a TV spot for Disney’s Moana. At radio, it went Top 5 Hot AC and AC and Top 30 Pop.