Growing up in Essex, Ben McKelvey currently resides in Brighton. During his formative teenage years in, he played the drums for the punk band, Fluid Lines , further shaping his love for music. After he quit the band at the age of 21, he became very ill and was completely bedridden. Putting his free time to good use, he taught himself how to play the guitar and write songs he didn’t intend for anyone to hear. A multi-instrumentalist at heart, Ben plays every single instrument in all of his tracks, albums and EPs.
Ben has been part of many tours over the last few years performing across USA, UK and Europe in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall , the O2 Arena and the London Palladium providing main support for Wet Wet Wet in 17 arenas, 20 dates for The Overtones , 50 shows for the Genesis supergroup, Mike & The Mechanics , 20 theatre shows for Marti Pellow and 24 Academy shows for Scouting For Girls . During 2019 he will be the official support act for Bruce Springsteen Band’s Jake Clemons . His headlining shows in London and Brighton during November 2018 sold out both performances. His first and second album hit the Top 10 on iTunes ’ Singer/Songwriter Chart with the latter also entering the Top 100 All Genre Chart .
Growing up listening to The Jam has lead Ben McKelvey to also be influenced by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Johnny Cash and Frank Turner . This collection of legendary inspirations is evident in his music, as Ben’s rich melodies and musical storytelling will easily find it’s home with any fan of more contemporary artists like George Ezra , Vance Joy or Mumford & Sons .
The New single ‘Stronger’ is about bouncing back from adversity- no matter what. It’s a relatable, universal theme but also something Ben has experienced personally. As he says: “The track was written about the struggle of being a musician really – touring and being away from family and friends, being let down by music industry companies because you aren’t at the top etc. I wrote it on Brighton beach and the response after we posted the video was amazing. Especially messages from ex-serving soldiers, got quite a few messages about how it helped them through PTSD. Got a lot of messages from boxers as well, some even used the track as their walk out songs before their fights. I’m really glad it had such a positive effect after it was written from a negative place.”