Oklahoma native’s alternative music honors classic sound as he appeals to those who enjoy a mellow sound without being lazy.


Raised in the suburbs of Tulsa, Okla., pop rock singer Ben Rector produces twenty-somethings’ wedding music, rainy day ballads and lyrics questioning purpose.

His style is melodic yet simple and could be described as a mix between Michael Buble’s pure vocals and John Mayer’s distinctive sound.

Mixing a catchy pop style and light lyrics, Rector’s music can be easily recognized by pristine vocals and playful piano accompaniment.


“The Walking in Between,” released Aug. 20, 2013, debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album was produced by Jamie Kennedy and Charlie Peacock and partially self-produced.

In this album, Rector sings with a confidence and expertise missing in earlier albums.

In “Ordinary Love,” Rector is in his sweet spot – singing about life, love and patience. Rather than desiring perfectionism, wealth or fame, Rector longs for ordinary love.

Rector questions the direction of his life in “Sailboat.” What is next?  What decisions should he make?  What is God’s purpose?

All of these questions are thrown into space in “Sailboat.” Can’t we all relate to these questions?

One song on Rector’s new album, “Follow Me,” contains a Christian theme.

The lyrics, “Set your feet on solid ground” and “peace deep as I have found” sound Scripture-based.

In an interview with Mousertime: Off the Record, Rector explained the relationship between his faith and his songs.

“Anything that’s on my mind or in my heart is a big part (directly or indirectly) of whatever I’m doing creatively,” Rector said. “I also really value the freedom I have as a Christian that’s an artist but not necessarily a Christian artist.”


Ben Rector’s musicality is empowering. The tenor timbre to his voice resounds through the heart.

His instrumentals include rolling piano accompaniment, light percussion and acoustic guitar.

You truly get the feeling that Rector is just singing in a coffeeshop understanding your daily struggles and encouraging you toward hope.

In a culture where false beauty receives praise, products scream their appeal and materialism is exalted, Rector’s music unearths a raw simplicity to life so desperately craved by young adults.

Wrapping it Up

“The Walking in Between” freely questions common mysteries of life. Rector addresses these issues with sensitivity and authenticity.

His music is passionately calm and vividly expressive.

No matter your questions or emotions, “The Walking in Between” works through those in between times of life right along with you.

By Chelsea Gammon

Chelsea Gammon is a staff writer and editor for MBU Timeline. She is a senior double majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. Chelsea works part-time in the Special Events office on campus. In the spring she will be a public relations assistant for MBU’s University Communications Department. She previously enjoyed working with Timeline Broadcast. After graduation, Gammon plans to explore many opportunities and make a difference wherever she goes.