Having honed his trade busking on the streets of Manchester, Ben Williams has become an in demand performer for both studio and live work. As a session guitarist Ben has appeared on BBC1, ITV, Channel 5 and Radio 4, played worldwide concerts including South by Southwest Festival in Texas, gigs across Europe, and enjoyed extensive UK tours supporting artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Will Young and Mick Hucknall. Ben has also received plaudits for his studio work from Grammy award winning producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini) and legendary drummer Steve White (Paul Weller, Oasis). As a songwriter, Ben has co-written tracks on albums by Kristyna Myles, Jon Kenzie and Beggar Joe amongst others.
Recently Ben has decided to move to the front of the stage. Climbing over his amplifier, tripping over a few cables and sending some stands flying, he finally finds himself at the microphone for the release of his debut album 'Who Do You Think You Are?'. Ben’s most recent single ‘Too Cold For Snow’ received airplay across the UK on stations such as BBC Manchester, BBC Southampton, BBC Reading and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. It also received international airplay on stations such as BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Services). Ben’s album contains eleven self-penned songs in his quirky and inimitable style, performed by a selection of Manchester’s finest musicians.
released March 2, 2015
All tracks written by Ben Williams
All tracks recorded and mixed by Mark Lewis except tracks 7 and 9 recorded and mixed by John Hughes and Wil Hesketh.
All tracks produced by Ben Williams
All tracks mastered by Pete Maher
Artwork and Design by Julia Lowe
Photograph of Ben Williams by Gemma Latham
Ben Williams: Vocals, Backing vocals, Guitars on all tracks. Hand-owl and Percussion on track 7.
Justin Shearn: Keys on tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,10,11.
Matt Owens: Double Bass on tracks 1,2,3,4,6,8,10,11.
Eryl Roberts: Drums on tracks 1,2,3,4,6,8,10,11.
Gaz Hughes: Drums on track 6. Percussion on tracks 1,3,4,6,8,10,11.
James McKeown: Keys on track 9.
Barry Howard: Double Bass on track 9.
Nick Gosling: Drums on track 9.
Simon Reynolds: Brass arrangement, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone on track 8.
Chris Stevens: Trumpet on track 8
Steve Pycroft: String arrangement on track 5.
Litsa Levendis: Violin on track 5.
Frances Jones Tabone: Violin on track 5.
Denise Beynon: Viola on track 5
John Williams: Cello on Track 5.
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