PRESS RELEASE: Nashville, TN (Sept. 9, 2013) – Gospel Jazz Music Pioneer BEN TANKARD’s instrumental performance of ” How Great Is Our God” was just one of many highlights at last month’s Megafest-2013 in Dallas, TX hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes. On day one – Oprah Winfrey and Bishop Jakes wowed and amazed a packed house with their problem solving wisdom at the American Airlines Center with two live TV tapings for OWN”S LIFECLASS. Tankard and Joel Osteen paired up on day two for inspirational music (by Tankard) and motivational ministry (by Osteen) for the Woman Thou Art Loosed event that drew nearly 20,000 in attendance.
Tankard says, ‘” It always gives me joy to use my gifts to inspire God’s people, and what an awesome honor to be serve with and for two living legends who also happen to my friends: Bishop T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen.”
It has been a busy year for Tankard in that he recently received three Dove Award nominations for his FULL TANK CD.
FULL TANK, released on Tankard’s own label Ben-Jamin Universal Music and Central South Distribution, is his 18th solo smooth Gospel/Jazz project which has already won the 2013 Gospel Blue Mic Award for Best Instrumental Artist of the Year and was nominated for a 2013 Soul Train Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist. Tankard is recognized as a dynamic instrumentalist, writer, and arranger and is most noted as the producer that discovered Yolanda Adams and created over 40 hit songs with her (“Through The Storm”, “Just A Prayer Away”, “Battle Is The Lord’s”, “Let Us Worship Him”).
The 44th Annual Dove Awards will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. The show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Oct. 21 on the Up! Television Network. Dove Awards voting for GMA members is open now until Sept 24th. http://www.doveawardsvoting.com/
Tankard is also very excited about the upcoming premier of his family Reality TV Show with Bravo TV / NBC – Thicker Than Water: The Tankards. This docu-series follows the former professional basketball player turned popular gospel/jazz recording artist and minister, his blended family and their journey in expanding the family fortune. From music-producing to NBA life coaching and motivational speaking, this business-oriented family strives to keep on top of their game, but finds their true passion lies in ministry.
“I am blessed to have the world’s most exciting blended family, with 5 grown kids, 2 daughter-in-laws, one grandchild and a great wife,” Tankard shares. “There never seems to be a dull moment at the Tankard Palace with plenty of love and life lessons to go around. You will LOVE this show if you have ever heard these words from your parents – ‘I brought you into this world and I will take you out’!”
Thicker Than Water: The Tankards is a comedic cross between The Cosbys and The Brady Bunch and will premiere in Fall 2013.