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THE STORY BEHIND "WTHN" - WHY THE HELL NOT
I admit, I’m an instigator. I was always the ring leader growing up. A rebel at heart.
I was raised in an Amish community in central Pennsylvania. Music was forbidden, other than singing acapella in school and church. No instruments or recorded music. By the age of six, I was up at the crack of dawn working on my parents’ farm. After eighth grade, I worked full time. I loved to sing, though, and sang alone whenever I could get away with it. I sang in the barn with the diesel generator running because I was terrified my dad would hear me
My dad and I clashed big time. He was a rule follower, I was a rule breaker. His mantra was “don’t question authority.” My instinct was to question everyone and everything. He’d say stuff like “you’re worthless” and tell me I wasn’t good enough. I looked up to my dad and wanted to be like him—a hard worker, a good family man. His words cut deep.
I listened to a cd player until my parents found it and made me smash it. I was always creating things, forbidden and not. I rigged up a loud speaker with a battery and old telephone receiver. A mini barn I built from the ground up still stands today.
It was tough growing up hearing I was going to go to hell if I did this or that. But even though I lived in such a restricted environment, I always had these crazy dreams. I wanted a computer to watch music videos and movies. I dreamed about becoming a world famous scientist, an inventor, travelling the world. I wanted things most people take for granted, like a cell phone or a car. I needed to explore beyond the walls of my eight-mile world. Despite my stringent upbringing, my artistic spirit wouldn’t let me settle.
I was always rebelling, hiding radios and electronics, secretly listening to music in the phone shanty. I guess I’ve had that “why the hell not” attitude within me since I was a kid. As I got older, I challenged my dad. I questioned the Amish way of life.
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A Heart For The Future of Country Music
Hard work, determination and a true love of people. Working hard. Living life. Loving people. If that ain’t country, what is?
Benjamin Beiler’s roots are in an Amish community where he grew up just south of Lancaster County.
Benjamin’s love of different musical styles is a big part of what makes him unique in the ever broadening realm of country music. “I believe mixing all kinds of genres and artists make our songs very interesting,” he says. “It brings in another flavor.”
Benjamin says he “writes songs that infuse country with rock and roll and even country with r&b.”
Country music is not passive music for Benjamin…it’s in his heart. Hard work by day and hard playing by night.
While the inspiration to perform live started with his first concert, music was always in Benjamin’s blood. He has sung all his life in school and church, which led to him picking up the guitar and then drums at age 18. “I always loved singing,” he says. “Then I started out playing the guitar…then I got to playing the drums. It all comes back to singing and playing guitar, though”
Benjamin’s goal for 2018 and beyond is simple…to inspire people with his songs and add joy to their lives by giving them a good time and a whole lotta fun at his live concerts. “I want to have a blast, inspire people to follow their dreams, love on people…and y’know, eventually selling a lot of records and selling out arenas would be cool, too!”