Ben's Story

    irst of all let me just say thank you for caring enough to make it all the way to this page. I know there are many, many musicians and photographers out there, and many of them are way more talented than I am, so I am honored that you are interested to learn what makes me unique, not only as an artist but as a communicator in general, because that’s what I’m all about. Music and photography are just tools to convey thoughts and feelings, and the fact that you are reading this tells me that you need to hear my message. Before I share it with you, however, allow me to tell you a little of my story.

 

Music has been a very important part of my life literally since the day I was born. I wasn’t one of those kids who’s parents forced him to take piano lessons, and to practice religiously for an hour every day until he became America’s Got Talent material – I actually had very little formal music training; I was just obsessed with music ever since I can remember. If there was a piano, I was playing it––unless it was out of tune (I don’t actually remember a time when I didn’t hate an out of tune piano as much as I loved a tuned one.) If I heard a song I hummed along with it. And that is a habit that has stuck with me to this day. This obsession with music resulted in my quietly analyzing all the music I heard, and then sitting down at the piano and reproducing it as closely as I knew how. 

 

I started singing in public when I was probably not even 10 years old. My church was hosting a Christmas cantata that I wanted to be a part of. I couldn’t read music, but we had a cassette recording of the whole piece (yes, a cassette. Google it if necessary.) With help from my sister I memorized the entire soprano part, lyrics and all, and sang it with the church choir that Christmas.

 

Before long I started playing the piano in church as well. As I still couldn’t read music my mother would go over each song with me the night before to make sure I knew it, and if I didn’t she would teach me the melody. I’d mostly make up the rest. I would also have to write down which key it was in and how many verses it had. I had my share of embarrassing mistakes: playing the wrong song, playing an extra verse, playing in the wrong key, the list goes on, but I was never discouraged. I loved being a part of the service, and even back then I knew I had something inside of me that needed to be shared. That was my way of getting it out.

 

The next significant event in my journey was that I attended a small, private, Christian high school called Fountainview Academy in British Columbia, Canada. There I was surrounded by students from all over who loved music and had talent to show for it. There I learned that I wasn’t the only kid (nor the best) who made music, and I gleaned knowledge from a host of other music nerds, some of whom continue to teach me about music to this day. While at Fountainview I also gained some experience in orchestration, studio singing/playing, music video production, and concert tours.

 

During the next few years in addition to music I was introduced to the world of landscape photography, and that sort of evolved into travel photography in general. I was never in it for the cameras, lenses, filters, photoshop, or any of that; I loved storytelling, and in 2011 I started a photography page (linked above). Over the next few years I posted quite a few photos from around the world, often telling the stories behind their creation. Most of them were taken using a simple, point-and-shoot camera with very minimal editing. That’s the way I still like to work.

 

In 2015 I started working for an evangelist named David Machado. This was a crucial point for me, both career-wise and personally. It was my exposure to this work that resulted in my first vocal recording (previously I had recorded an instrumental piano album), and most importantly it was during this time that I ended up giving my life to Christ. That is the best decision I ever made! Since then I have sung both locally and internationally. I have performed solo, and with several singing groups including being employed for 9 months as the second tenor for the King’s Heralds quartet.

 

So, why should any of that matter to you?

 

It matters because it’s not how I communicate, but rather what I have to say that’s most important.

 

Like you I have been hurt by people I thought were safe. Like you I have told myself that no one who really knows what I know about myself could actually love me. I know what it’s like to be undervalued and misunderstood. I know what it’s like to be unhappy with what I see in the mirror. I know what it’s like to not have the strength to leave the house for days at a time because the world inside my head is so dark that I’ve forgotten the sunshine outside is still warm. In spite of all of that I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am loved, and the one who loves me loves you too. I can’t answer all your questions, but I can sympathize with your pain. I can’t guarantee everything is going to be okay when you wake up tomorrow, but I do believe that everything is going to be okay.

 

That is the message that I want to share with you, and with as many people as I can for as long as I can, but I’m a whole lot better sharing it through pictures, and especially through music. That is the purpose of this website. I hope you are blessed by what you find here, and if you are interested in booking me to do a concert, or if you would just like to share your story with me please go over to the Contact page and send me a message. I promise I read every one.

 

God bless you!

 

Sincerely,

Benjamin Jenkins

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