Ben Wagner is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Wisconsin. He was named first place in the Great American Song Contest, "New and Notable" by NoiseTrade, "One to Watch" by Nashville Songwriters Association International, along with local nominations for best singer/songwriter and acoustic musician.
Wagner has played a lot of shows: everywhere from bars, living rooms, churches and festival crowds of 3,000+. He performs with no set lists and just his acoustic guitar. He weaves together original music, popular songs, stories, and crowd banter.
In 2017, Ben went down to Nashville 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, Sawyer). Ben's debut album Midwestern Comfort was released in June 2018 and is available now on all streaming platforms.
"The lyrics are positively Dawes-like. The melody is interesting and moving. The whole ethos of the track, though, is what keeps me coming back to listen over and over. There’s an immense amount of hope and love evident..."
- Ear to the Ground Music
"The final product displayed in single "Take My Time" highlights Ben’s impressive soul-folk songwriting and vocals with a bright Van Morrison-esque production. We’re excited to see what’s next from this promising artist"
"Go blast this tune in your car with the windows down on a beautiful day"
- Rock the Pigeon Music
“Wagner offers a pleasant, folksy listening experience similar to the likes of an early James Taylor, Van Morrison, or Paul Simon”
- U.S. Catholic Magazine
"It’s a turning point for Wagner"
- Breaking and Entering Milwaukee