Born and raised in Sydney, Ben Ransom, started playing guitar and writing song at the age of fifteen. Growing up, he was constantly exposed to a broad range of music that strongly influences his own original writing style. It has allowed Ben to draw the listener in on many different levels and connect in a more personal way.
In 1999, Ben left Australia to spend time in Europe, essentially to hone his skills and develop his musical style. He cut his teeth in the heart of London’s West End with a permanent residency in one of the most happening venues at the time. Ben’s down to earth personality and ability to deliver live saw him become one of the hottest, most sought after artists in that scene, bringing “the spirit of a B&S Ball to the heart of London”. Ben toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe before returning to Australia where his passion in music held root.
In 2010, Ben completed his first album, “The Long Way”. Ben says the album was a labor of love that gave him a vehicle for expression and allowed him to explore all facets of his personality and display his passion for music. The first single, “Bourbon & Sunsets”, was a runaway hit – peaking at #2 on the Hot Country Top 50 chart and as a solid performer on the CMC Top 50.
In 2012 he was a finalist in the coveted Toyota Star Maker competition – the same competition that launched the careers of Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell and Samantha McClymont.
Ben completed the album, “Slow Burn”, in 2012 with Matt Fell and Glen Hannah. The first single, “Truck Stop Honey”, received national airplay and earned him a nomination for Contemporary Song of The Year at the TSA Awards. The album was released in 2013 to rave reviews and continued to produce hit singles in the form of “Big Country Sky” and “You’re On The Top of My To-Do List”.
National touring, appearances at major festival along with international trips and a second Star Maker berth were highlights that year along with being named a finalist at the 2013 Southern Stars Awards for Best Male Artist and Best New Talent.
In October 2013, Ben was introduced to international hit maker and multi million record selling producer, Rob E.G. Porter. This resulted in the collaboration on the Jackson Browne classic, “Somebody’s Baby”. Released under Porters’ famous Wizard record label, the track was launched at the 2014 Country Music Festival and entered the charts at #10.
Following his “Ben Ransom – LIVE” release and the hits “One More Beer” and “Mamma I’m Coming Home”, he released the stellar single, “Dry Town”. It peaked at #2 on the Country Singles Chart and the video aired consistently on CMC. He was also named 2016 Southern Stars Rising Male Artist.
In 2017 Ben joined with Country Rocks Records as their first signed artist to their newly formed label. “Let’s Go Driving”, was the first release under this new deal. It's a fun, country rock smash, which gave Ben his very first number one, staying at the top spot for six consecutive weeks.
"I'm absolutely stoked to be part of the Country Rocks family - knowing that I am associated with a team that actually walks the walk! These guys are out there putting in the hard slog, which is why their passion for music and ethos of 'respect' for the artists is so refreshing", he says.
Earlier in the year he performed daily in the main arena at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show and had the pleasure of supporting iconic artists including Jon Stevens, 1927 and James Blundell.
“You’re The Reason Why” followed the same path of “Let’s Go Driving” and quickly rose up the Australian Country Charts where it’s currently positioned in the Top 10.
January 12, 2018 sees the release of the album – “101” - along with the simultaneously released single, “Same Song, Different Day”. The song has massive mainstream potential - leaning more into a classic rock sound, blended with tones reminiscent of Tom Petty.
"This is without a doubt the longest pre-production I've had for an album, which goes to show how much thought and effort has gone into this release. From the songwriting - which meant sorting through roughly fifty songs - all the way through to production ... so I can honestly say this is the definitive story of who I am musically", says Ben. "This album will ROCK, but there's still a few surprises in there to satisfy fans of all the flavours of country music!"
One thing is for certain, Ben Ransom, is the real deal and is destined for very big things.