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Ben Sollee

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A classically trained cellist, Ben Sollee produced his name being a backup musician before starting a songwriting profession in 2008. Elevated in Lexington, KY, he started playing cello being a fourth-grade pupil and gradually blossomed right into a talented instrumentalist, getting encouragement from his two music-minded parents on the way. The family members household was frequently filled with classic spirit music — Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, Billie Vacation, and Otis Redding getting the most constant choices — and Sollee’s following breakthrough of folk music helped around out his musical preferences. By enough time he relocated to Louisville to pursue his build professionally, he’d expanded into an eclectic musician with proven passions in folk, jazz, R&B, and bluegrass. Although he’d currently begun composing his own tracks, Sollee received his initial big break as an associate from the Sparrow Quartet, an acoustic supergroup that also highlighted vocalist Abigail Washburn, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, and violinist Casey Driessen. The group toured the planet, visited Tibet on the behest from the U.S. STATE DEPT., and released many recordings, most of them daring projects that highlighted a mixture of American and Asian folk customs. Although many of his bandmates had been competent than he, Sollee liked a great deal of positive press for his efforts towards the group, and NPR’s Morning hours Edition called him among the Top Ten Unidentified Artists of the entire year in 2007. Twelve months afterwards, he released an EP of his very own materials, If You’re Gonna Business lead My Nation, and implemented it using a full-length record named Understanding how to Flex. The Sparrow Quartet continuing to tour throughout a lot of 2008 and 2009, but Sollee also discovered time to enjoy with other performers, including pianist Vienna Teng and fellow Kentucky indigenous Daniel Martin Moore. A folk songwriter himself, Moore started composing several new tracks with Sollee’s help, and both soon banded jointly for the creation of Dear Partner. Another Kentucky citizen, My Morning hours Coat’s Jim Adam, produced the record, that was released by Sub Play Feb 2010.

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Full Name Ben Sollee
Profession Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer, Cellist
Education University of Louisville
Nationality American
Music Groups The Sparrow Quartet
Music Songs Prettiest Tree on the Mountain, How to See the Sun Rise, It's Not Impossible, A Few Honest Words, Only A Song, Pieces of You, Bury Me With My Car, Panning for Gold, Infowars, Copper & Malachite, Mechanical Advantage, The Vanishing Point, Bible Belt, Steeples, Learn to Listen, The Long Lavender Line, The Big Ocean, A Change Is Gonna Come, Whole Lot to Give, Turn on the Moon, The Guitar Man and the Singing Girl, Mute With a Bullhorn, Two Tone Gal, The Healer, Roam In the Dark, The Pursuit of Happiness, Built for this, I Can't, Huddle On the Rooftop, Loving Memory, Shade of the Spires, Some Lovin'
Albums Learning to Bend, Half Made Man, Maidentrip (Original Motion Picture Score), Ben Sollee on Audiotree Live, Live from the Grocery On Home, Infowars (feat. Jordon Ellis), Fall to Rise (Original Score), Inclusions, Dear Companion, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native
Movies Maidentrip, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Secret of Spring 2016 Short post-production
Nerve 2015 Documentary completed
Beauty Mark 2017
Ditch the Van 2017 Documentary short
The Moment: Bonnaroo 2015 Documentary
Maidentrip 2013 Documentary
The New Sudan 2010 Documentary

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Think Twice 2016 performer: "The Pursuit of Happiness" / writer: "The Pursuit of Happiness"
Maidentrip 2013 Documentary performer: "Something, Somewhere, Sometime" / writer: "Something, Somewhere, Sometime"
Future Weather 2012 performer: "Copper and Malachite" / writer: "Copper and Malachite"
Weeds 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Super Soul Shorts 2015-2016 TV Series documentary composer - 2 episodes
Killing Season 2013 musician / composer: Additional Music
Admission 2013 musician: cello
The New Sudan 2010 Documentary composer: additional music

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Grocery on Home 2014 Documentary short executive producer / producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SpotlightON Unique Music Television 2004 TV Series Featured Artist

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Sudan 2010 Documentary production assistant

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ditch the Van 2017 Documentary short Himself
The Moment: Bonnaroo 2015 Documentary
The Grocery on Home 2014 Documentary short Himself
Bluegrass Underground 2013 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009 TV Series Himself

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