Ben Rector to perform at Luther Oct. 7

Boasting an album that peaked at No. 9 in the US on the "Billboard" 200 chart, pop musician Ben Rector will take the stage at Luther College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets for the performance are $25. They can be purchased at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. The Ticket Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Rector has sold more than 250,000 albums and has more than 2 million downloads. His latest album "Brand New" was released in 2015 by Aptly Named Recordings. The album reflects on Rector's youth when he was an Oklahoma teenager playing guitar in his bedroom. It debuted at No. 9 on the "Billboard 200" Chart, selling 26,000 units and making it his first top-10 album. It held the No. 2 spot on the "Billboard" Top Current Rock Albums chart, No. 2 on the "Billboard" Album Core Genre Rock chart and No. 1 on the "Billboard" Top Folk Albums chart. His single "Brand New" was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and was used by Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Laurie Hernandez during her performance on "Dancing with the Stars."

Having a passion for music for as long as he can remember, Rector began pursuing a career in music in high school. During his first year at the University of Arkansas, he released a self-titled EP featuring the song "Conversation," which won the grand prize in the pop category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest sponsored by Yoko Ono, Brian Rothschild and David Sonenberg, in 2006. He was the youngest person to win the award in the pop category. In 2007, he released his first full-length album, "Twenty Tomorrow," and followed that with "Songs That Duke Wrote" in 2008. His third studio album, "Into the Morning," came out in February 2010, reaching No. 11 on "Billboard" Top Heatseekers chart. "Something Like This" dropped in September 2011; "The Walking in Between" came out in August 2013 and peaked at No. 16 on "Billboard" Top 200.  

The performance is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council Concerts Committee.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.