Austinite Ben Cina is not your ordinary singer/songwriter; he is a fresh, rare talent and a truly inspiring performer. Ben has been writing and performing for the past ten years and received training while attending the world famous jazz department at the University of North Texas.  

 

His influences include beloved classics like Al Green and Curtis Mayfield and range to more modern songwriters like John Mayer, Maxwell or Gary Clark Jr. Ben pays homage to his influences by constructing songs with attention to detail, authentic songwriting and true craftsmanship.

 

Ben’s professionalism and humility is a true testament to his experience. Performing his original songs to triple digit crowds in the “Music Capitol of the World” has become a welcomed norm, but he has not let it deter him from producing new and exciting content. Ben is visibly aware and grateful for the public's reception of his work, and he continually strives to share his vision

 

The public isn’t the only one noticing. In October 2012, ROC Nation recording artist Rita Ora shared the stage with Ben.  Rita joined in on a late night rendition of Usher's "Nice and Slow," only to later rave on Twitter about the experience.  Additionally, he has performed with Third Eye Blind, Pat Green, The Doobie Brothers, Ben Kweller as well as many other talented musicians throughout his career.

 

In the past year, Ben’s song “Criminal” was used in a 2014 Toyota Camry commercial and several of his songs have been considered for other placements. He performed throughout TX and in several surrounding regional areas.

Photography by: Sandra Dahdah & iClass