Singer & Songwriter
College and University booking:
General Booking Inquiries:
Ben Wagner is an award-winning singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN by way of New Berlin, WI. He was named first place in the Great American Song Contest, top ten in the NSAI/CMT Song Contest, and recently had his song Turn featured on Netflix's Virgin River.
Wagner has played a lot of shows: everywhere from colleges, bars, living rooms, churches and opening for major acts like Jerrod Niemann and Green River Ordinance. He performs with no set lists and his acoustic guitar. He weaves together original music, popular songs, stories, and crowd banter.
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, Sawyer). Ben's debut album Midwestern Comfort was released in June 2018.
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 Wagner will be releasing a single every month in 2021 as part of his new project INNER STATE.
Speaker & Retreat Director
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 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.