Benny Hester’s career in the Music Industry has spanned more than twenty-five years. Throughout that time he has been involved in almost every aspect – Music Teacher, Artist, Producer, Songwriter, and Publisher. In 1993 he added a new facet to his career – Television Producer.
It was 1978 when Benny recorded his first record Be A Receiver. This record proved to be a ground breaking recording on the Christian Music scene. For the first time ever traditional Christian radio stations began to take the contemporary sound seriously. The single “Jesus Came Into My Life” was joyously embraced by Christian radio.
Benny’s next album Nobody Knows Me Like You, produced by Michael Omartian, is considered a classic. The title song became one of the biggest selling of all time. Nobody Knows Me Like You also became the first contemporary Christian song to cross over to the pop charts and become a top forty hit.
In 1985 Benny recorded Benny From Here. It was this album that produced one of the top ten singles in the history of Christian music, “When God Ran”. This song made an immediate impact on radio and quickly became a number one hit. “When God Ran” went on to become the longest running number one song of all time.
Simultaneously, Benny’s “Secret Thoughts” was number one on the Christian rock charts, making Benny the only Christian artist to sweep all the Christian Music charts with number one hits at the same time.
For more than a decade, Benny performed over 2000 live concerts, recorded four top ten albums, had ten number one singles, fifteen top ten singles, Dove Award nominations, and two Grammy Award nominations. He also began his publishing company “Benny Hester Music” and published “Why’d You Come In Here Looking Like That”. The single was a number one hit for Dolly Parton and Country Music’s most performed song of the year.
With all these accomplishments behind him, it surprised many when in 1993 Benny decided to put his performing career on hold to pursue television production. As Executive Producer and President of his own television production company – Rebel Entertainment, Benny and his partners produced the award winning Nickelodeon production “Roundhouse”. Benny exclusively wrote and produced the music for the television series. “Roundhouse” was nominated for nine Cable Ace Awards – six for best “Original Song” – three for best “Variety Special or Series”. Benny won the Cable Ace Award for best “Original Song” with “I Can Dream. “Roundhouse” was also the recipient of the Ollie Award for “Excellence in Television Programming for America’s Children”.
Benny’s love for performing is as strong as ever. From 2003 to the present, Benny has been out performing in concert. With hundreds of songs already written, his future as a recording Artist and performer is limitless. Benny Hester is an Artist that not only has had an exceptional history, but a man that promises to deliver the same excellence in the future.
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