Tankard is also a motivational speaker for the National Basketball Association D-League as well as a Reality TV co-star together with the Bravo show – Thicker Than Water: The Tankards, which premiered November 10, 2013. His WOW Gospel 2006 Cooperation CD with Shirley Murdock, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, and others climbed to #1 Gospel and #20 on Billboard Top 200 and is certified Gold. His musical arrangement of the Lionel Richie song “Jesus Is Love ” is among the very most played songs on Sirius XM Radio gospel channel eight years since its initial launch.
Ben Tankard was born in Daytona Beach, Florida on January 24, 1964. He’s most famous today for being a former professional basketball player and present gospel musician/pastor. Ben started playing professional basketball in Canada after dropping out of college following his freshman year of school. His talents in Canada were good enough to earn Ben an invitation to attend an NBA camp. Without skipping a beat, Ben instantly shifted his focus to producing, writing, and performing gospel music. Your decision to focus on a music career proved to be a very good one and today Ben Tankard is sometimes called the Quincy Jones of gospel music. Since bursting onto the scene in the early 90s, he has racked up a large number of major music awards and nominations. He has released a steady sequence of best-selling solo albums and records for other artists. He’s won twelve Stellar Awards, and has also received three Grammy nominations, and eight Dove Award nominations. He’s the best-selling gospel jazz instrumentalist on the planet, and has produced and composed tracks for numerous other musicians, including Yolanda Adams, Take 6, Kelly Price, and Gerald Albright, among numerous others. Ben has released 15 gold albums and six platinum records during his career. He additionally performs over 100 concerts and personal appearances every year. Ben and his wife Jewel Tankard lately became the themes of a Bravo reality series titled “Thicker Than Water”.
Tankard – Dead or Alive?
His multiple professions have all earned him millions which he openly shares on his Bravo show Thicker Than Water. The show follows Tankard, his wife Jewel and his kids. The reality series debuted with over 1.56 million viewers making it the networks highest rated premier. Benjamin has excelled extremely in numerous facets of his career. Now the father of 4 and grandfather is worth an estimated $12 million.
In his 30 year career he is released 19 studio albums and sold over 2 million records worldwide. Benjamin’s Grammy award winning music was all launched on his own independent label Tribute which he established in 1990. Tankard’s label became the driver for multi-platinum artist Yolanda Adams who he discovered. The label also was home to the Clark Sisters. His years in the business and success have given him the nickname the “Quincy Jones of Gospel Music.” Tankard is in the act of enlarging the label from music to include film, television projects and also a radio show called “Smooth Vibes with Ben”.
Ben and his wife Jewel LaGreen married in 2000. Both of them were formerly divorced from other marriages and openly speak about their preceding marriage hurdles. The couple have teamed up expanding Tankard’s brand and ownership to incorporate Destiny Center Church in Tennessee which he ministers. Jewel has her own clothing line called Millionaires including hats and accessories.