BEN*JAM has been named as one of the many live gospel music artists to appear at “FARMAGGEDON: SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL” being held on SEPT | 28TH | 2013 in Maynardville, TN @ locally renowned music venue “Judy’s Barn”. This event is brought to you by BEN*ADDICTION. More details can be found upon their site.
BEN*JAM scheduled events for both “SATURDAY | OCT | 6TH | 2012″ & “SATURDAY | OCT | 13TH | 2012″ have both been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. We were just notified yesterday & are making the necessary arrangements to spread the word to all other groups & individuals effected by this sudden change. Thank you.
On August 17th 2012, the Rev. “Saint Benjamin” Blankenship takes to the airwaves to discuss Rockwood, Tennessee’s very own multi-award winning live band “BEN*JAM”, the music review site that’s rocking the internet “BEN*e*FACTOR“, & their brand spankin’ new seedling music label “BEN*ADDICTION“. It’ll all take place on internet radio’s “The Josie Show” @ (www.JosieShow.com). Tune in live, or catch it later in their archives section.
The Bible says, “A three fold chord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12), and while it’s not specifically talking about the unification of “BEN*JAM”, “BEN*e*FACTOR”, & “BEN*ADDICTION”, just like the Holy Trinity & the Volumes of our album series “Prepare to Meet God” – the three are one! ..well, sorta.
Our first subsidiary BEN*e*FACTOR is really reaching out to others. Now covering most genres & venues. People from all over the world & from all types of music (on Reverbnation, etc) are standing in support of BEN*JAM, and we’re giving them a shout-out right back by covering them on BEN*e*FACTOR. We just want to say thank you to all of our friends. Likewise BEN*e*FACTOR will display articles on all sorts of venues & artists whom we have & will be working with. Just for fun we are featuring some back newspaper articles from when Benjamin Blankenship was the Music & Entertainment writer for local newspaper (Daily News Express – Roane County Edition) too.
BEN*ADDICTION has just made it’s way to “BENJAMS.com”, with several concerts already in the works artists are contacting us more and more frequently asking to be a part of it all. It’s opening doors for us in several new ways at once. And we’re blessed to see it happen.
We hope you’ll check out the wealth of new exciting articles & happenings all across BENJAMS.com. Thank you for your support & prayers.
After overloading a server from high volume internet traffic BEN*JAM, BEN*e*FACTOR, and all that you love on www.BENJAMS.com has returned to the web. And while it’s always nice to be popular.. Thank God we’re back up and running! Not surprisingly, both BEN*JAM & BEN*e*FACTOR have a variety of things planned which will occur during the course of the year. However, pushing that aside – our second subsidiary (which is hoped to be big) is slowly beginning to emerge from the shadows of our thoughts. This new, great, and wonderful thing is known as BEN*ADDICTION.
BEN*JAM originally gained it’s name as it’s founding member (songwriter) Rev. Benjamin Blankenship felt that it’d be easier for artists to remember as he sent them songs. It caught on and later stuck as the band name. BEN*e*FACTOR, a subsidiary of BEN*JAM, is a benevolent based blog which honors and reviews excelling singers, songwriters, albums, musicians, deejays, veejays, organizations, recording studios, magazines, etc within or associated with Southern, Country, &/or Bluegrass Gospel.
BEN*ADDICTION differs from both of these. As it has always largely been the vision of BEN*JAM to help other artists, our second subsidiary continues ahead to do just that. BEN*ADDICTION (inevitably hoped to be a record label, etc) is beginning by offering artist services. The first of these is that we’re currently in the process of booking artists at a growing number of music venues. In addition to this BEN*ADDICTION has been offered the support and is working in part with the IMEA (International Music & Entertainment Association) on a number of venues.
While we do not wish to make promises that we can not keep, or claim to do things which are beyond our capacity to do in the moment – we’re taking things one step at a time. Eventually (God willing) BEN*ADDICTION will also have a home on BENJAMS.com. Until that time we’re growing it from a seed. You may find it there on Facebook. Thank you all for your ongoing support.
BEN*JAM is in the midst of completing a business transaction with an industry elite, whereas their very own multi-award winning songwriter Benjamin Blankenship will then have a multitude of specialized CDs (i.e. select songs from previous albums) available to the other artists at this years National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. With a growing success rate & list of accomplishments building, one goal that has never changed is our endeavor to offer our songs for other artists to record.
In what might seem like abit of a delayed announcement for those who’ve already heard, BEN*JAM has recently joined into a yearly contract with a brand new promotional organization known as the East Coast Country & Gospel Music Association. Providing Artists within the genres of Country Music, Gospel Music, & Bluegrass Music the opportunities to broaden themselves as artists, the ECCGMA holds a lot of promise for all that join.
Their goal is to help you. With very affordable membership fees & a wealth of talent and experience already coming aboard, we welcome all others interested in joining to join. You can find more out about the East Coast Country & Gospel Music Association on their website at: “www.ECCGMA.com“.
Our mission to uplift other artists within the Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, & Bluegrass Gospel genre has progressively been moving forward with the establishment of the first BEN*JAM subsidiary, BEN*e*FACTOR. Unlike all other Gospel Music Review sites, blogs, forums, which blatantly exclaim/warn of their emphasis on constructive criticism; BEN*e*FACTOR only spotlights the good in music. If it’s good we write about it. After all, we’re certainly not out to smear anyone for magnifying the Jesus Christ through the songs they sing, nor should anyone be. At BEN*e*FACTOR we hold no bias. Regardless of a soloists, duets, trios, quartets, groups, or bands notoriety, volume of sales, radio airplay, and so forth – we view everyone the same. BEN*e*FACTOR is unique as artists being reviewed by actual singers, songwriters, musicians. We as people are tired of movies getting bad reviews that are in fact good. How much worse is it when those who’re trying to do something promising for the Kingdom of Heaven being cut short when they deserve vastly better?
That said, BEN*e*FACTOR is accepting submissions. While currently that mailing information is only available on their Facebook page at: “www.Facebook.com/BENeFACTOR.BENJAM”. It will soon make it’s way to the official site, which you can find linked on the menu bar to your left. You have a friend in Gospel Music, it’s name is “BEN*e*FACTOR”.
After winning repeative awards, & getting attention from news outlets, BEN*JAM is continuing to spread our reaches farther across both the Physical World & The World Wide Web. After some previous technical issues, now ALL of BEN*JAM’s songs and albums are available for digital purchases. Yes, ALL. That means the full existence of both award winning series: “You Need The Holy Ghost – Volumes 1 & 2″, & “Prepare To Meet God – Volumes 1, 2, & 3″. That’s 5 albums, i.e. 75 original ground breaking songs. Our music is now available at all of these fine resources: ”Apple iTunes”, “Amazon MP3″, “Zune”, “Last.FM”, “Spotify”, “MySpace Music”, “Omnifone”, “iHeartRadio”, “Tradebit”, “GreatIndieMusic”, & “Simfy”.
And just to rehash abit, merchandise wise we’ve also as previously announced both copied all of our previous T-Shirt designs & made available new one at Cafe Press as well.
To the side bar on the BEN*JAM page (www.BENJAMS.com) you’ll notice a section for our subsidiaries entitled “Friends with BENefits” the first to appear there is BEN*E*FACTOR, an online ALBUM, MUSIC, & ARTIST review page. Here at BEN*JAM we strive to build a better gospel music website. This is one way we look forward to helping others in that we’ll shine a light on albums and/or artists of quality. Unlike some Gospel Music based review site, we don’t list “Constructive Criticism” in our byline. As we know what it that term means by dictionary standards it has also become very clear what very many people who use that phrasing mean (i.e. “We Will Shred You!”) Our aim is far from publicly picking someone or something apart (in print to be immortalized on the world wide web) all because they simply wanted a hand up and thought they’d get one by sending an album in. We don’t do that.
BEN*JAM, having a member with experience as a former writer for the music & entertainment section in a local newspaper, & experience as a songwriter, several musicians, & singers, it just seemed like a new and interesting idea for a music review page of a different (i.e. “better”) kind. We realize that it may be a strange concept, Musicians reviewing musicians, Singers reviewing Singers, etc. Standardly speaking, it’s unheard of. After all, Movie Critics don’t make movies, Fashion Critics don’t design clothing, and so forth. As we’ve grown as a group we’ve learned. There is a better way & we’re blazing the trail where trails have not been blazed. Gospel Music Artists have a friend in the industry. There will be more good things to come.