Ben Tankard Bio

Ben Tankard is a former professional basketball player and an American gospel, jazz keyboardist producer, author, recording artist, and songwriter. He was born on January 10, 1964.

He discovered his gift to play jazz piano in a church miracle service and immediately changed his life’s course from sports to music. This was after a brief stay in the Canadian and U.S. professional basketball arena as a shooting guard, where he left the league with a knee injury. He has never taken piano music lessons and therefore considers his keyboard and producer talents gifts from God.

In 1990, Tankard discovered a third grade school teacher named Yolanda Adams, and signed her to his new independent record label, Tribute Records. He credits Yolanda Adams’ voice for helping to bring his production style and keyboard playing to a large audience.

His musical accomplishments have earned him three Grammy nominations, eleven Dove Award nominations, and fourteen Stellar Awards including 2010’s “Best Instrumental Album” for his Mercy, Mercy, Mercy CD. This high charting release featured an instrumental remake of the Chris Tomlin Christian hit song, “How Great Is Our God”. Though many of Tankard’s releases have received heavy rotation on gospel and smooth jazz stations, The Weather Channel, XM Satellite Radio and cable TV’s Music Choice, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy was the first CD in the history of Billboard Magazine to chart on the gospel, contemporary jazz, and jazz chart all at the same time.

Ben Tankard
Ben Tankard

On July 16, 2011 Tankard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Musical Excellence as an artist, producer, and songwriter by the Atlanta Gospel-fest. Ben Tankard is also a noted speaker and has spoken at major venues and events for the NBA, Joel Osteen, and Bishop T.D. Jakes amongst others.

Since 2012 Tankard has worked with the National Basketball Association (NBA) on special projects as a musician and a motivational speaker. He provides support for the New York-based NBA League office player development division and his role allows him to share his success stories and show the players “how to have a life outside of basketball”. In his motivational sessions with the younger D-League players, Ben often plays a smoothjazz mini-concert from the piano as the players write out their goals and plans.

Ben Tankard Age

Tankard is currently 54 years having been born on 10 January 1964.

Ben Tankard Family

Tankard married Jewel LaGreen on January 27, 2000. They have a family of five children; Marcus, Brooklyn, Britney, Benji, and Cyrene, two daughters-in-law;Latisha and Shanira and three grandchildren; Diamond, Micah, and Billie.

Ben Tankard Wife

Tankard married Jewel LaGreen on January 27, 2000. Tankard and his wife Jewel donate their time as non-salary senior pastors of Destiny Center Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Ben Tankard Children

Tankard and his wife have five children; Marcus, Brooklyn, Britney, Benji and Cyrene.


Ben Tankard Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be $5 million dollars.

Ben Tankard News

Ben Tankard wins 14th Stellar Award

updated: Feb. 29, 2016

instrumentalist Ben Tankard won his first Stellar Gospel Music Award as New Artist of the Year in 1989. With a career spanning three decades, the musical pioneer has earned the title of “Godfather of Gospel Jazz” and he earned his 14th Stellar Award recently in Las Vegas. Tankard took home the honor for Best Instrumental CD of the Year for his “Full Tank 2.0.”

Thousands gathered at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Feb. 20 to experience the live taping of gospel music’s highest honors. The 31st Annual Stellar Awards show will air internationally on TVOne on March 6-10 (check local listings for times).

Tankard released “Full Tank 2.0” on his own BEN-Jamin’ Universal Music label and has earned multiple gold/platinum records as well as a wall of Stellar, Dove and Grammy awards and nominations for his soulful, classic and smooth jazz artistry. The former NBA player is a celebrity endorser for cutting-edge fashion designer Robert Graham. He also is a licensed private pilot who flies to all his concerts, conferences and speaking events on his own airplanes.

Stellar Awards week also was the announcement launch pad for Tankard’s forthcoming self-help book, “The Full Tank Life: Fuel Your Dreams, Ignite Your Destiny,” which releases in August on Hachette Publishing, and the long-awaited third season of the hit Bravo TV reality series “Thicker Than Water: The Tankards,” which is set to premiere at 9 p.m. Easter Sunday night, March 27, on Bravo.


Ben Tankard Songs – Ben Tankard Music

  • Let’s Get Quiet
  • Heavenly Vibes
  • Song of Solomon
  • Right Turn Ahead
  • Jesus Is Love
  • Allaboutluv
  • Full Tank
  • Rainy Sunday
  • Keyed N-2-U
  • Minstrel of Romance
  • Shi-ly-ku
  • Play Me in Your Key
  • Before I Let Go
  • Remember Wayman
  • Ribbon in the Sky
  • Sunday Vibes
  • Livin’ 4 U
  • Piano Prophet
  • Play a Lil Song 4 Me
  • Smooth Wife – Smooth Life
  • All Keyed Up
  • Morning Prayer
  • Bible Keys
  • Eden Celebration
  • Happy Strut
  • You Are Flesh Of My Flesh
  • Smile 4 Me
  • Git Yo Prayze On!
  • Hold on, Keep Strong
  • My Lips Shall Utter Praises
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Melodic Heaven

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