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Singer & Songwriter

College and University booking:
Neon Entertainment
General Booking Inquiries:

Ben Wagner is an award-winning singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN by way of New Berlin, WI. He took first place in the Great American Song Contest in 2024, 2023, and 2019. Ben has had songs placed in Netflix's Virgin River, Ordinary Angels (starring Hilary Swank), and other TV shows. Recently, he cowrote Running Out of Time, Life Lessons, and Ain't Proud with Island Records recording artist Wyatt Flores.

Ben began writing and performing music as a senior year in high school. In 2017, Ben went down to Nashville and found himself in a conversation with a former Joe Cocker producer at a bar. Ben received a referral and spent much of 2017 driving back and forth from Nashville to record with producer Quinn Redmond (Stephen Day, Emma Klein). Ben's debut album Midwestern Comfort was released in June 2018.

Wagner played a lot of shows: everywhere from colleges, bars, living rooms, churches and major festivals. After spending a few years on the road, Ben's plans were halted in 2020 along with the rest of the world. He began writing everyday in his Nashville apartment and later started recording an album with producer Noah Needleman (Brett Young, Allen Stone). Ben released INNER STATE in 2021, which debuted at #1 on Bandcamp's all-country albums list.

Since then, Ben has become a husband and father and has turned his sights primarily to songwriting in Nashville. He writes with major labels and up-and- coming artists to tell stories through song. He also works with the Country Music Hall of Fame, Creativets, and local businesses to lead fun songwriting workshops for students, veterans, and business prefessionals.

Speaker & Retreat Director

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Retreat and Speaking inquiries:

Ben has given speeches and directed faith-based retreats for thousands of teenagers and young adults since graduating from Marquette University in 2014 with a degree in Psychology. 

Retreats and mission trips like Catholic Heart Workcamp played a profound role in his relationship to God and his own mental health. Ben uses guided small-group based activities, stories, and music to demonstrate the powers of prayer, discernment, and service in a life of faith. 


Though Ben's original music tends to be secular and story-based, his musical upbringing was formed in the Church and he has been leading music for Catholic masses and worship since 2013.  Ben often will lead music as part of his retreats and speaking engagements. If you are interested in having Ben come to speak or lead a retreat at your school or parish, please email him here.

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