That’s the key, nothing is impossible. If you set your mind to it, you can do it! – Ben Waites
Ben Waites was born with arthrogryposis, and while his body may be bound to a wheelchair, his spirit is soaring through the gift of song. At a young age, Ben was inspired by his grandfather, Jim Waites, a talented singer and founder of the Gospel Tones Quartet. Ben knew he had to find his calling and to make something out of his life. His desire to spread the Gospel directed Ben to begin musical training.
In December of 2010, Ben graduated from Louisiana College with an interdisciplinary concentration of music, communications, and theater arts. He received several scholarships during his years at college, and was given the honor of singing at his own graduation. The entire auditorium was on its feet, cheering and applauding the seemingly unlikely student with the beautiful voice. Singing has become such a crucial part of Ben’s life and career, but music is not his whole life. Growing up, he had a happy, fulfilling life and supportive family. He says he did everything the other kids did, just with a little help sometimes. Ben chose to sing, but he knows that he will be fine with or without his gifted voice.
Ben is such an inspiring and motivating vocal coach. His encouragement and skill set helped me to discover new areas of my voice, as well as gain more confidence as a singer!Kacey V.Singer/Songwriter
I loved my lesson with Ben. He has a special connection with the voice and is a great teacher. I’ve never felt so open in a lesson before!James TalbotLead singer of CardFall
Ben is a talented singer. He is nice, polite and professional. I saw vocal growth in my voice and would recommend Ben to other singers! Ben really knows what he’s talking about!Israel CoxAspiring Vocal Coach
Ben is SO genuine and supportive, in my lessons he is my biggest fan, I can tell he really cares! He is very technical and specific in his explanations. He’s great at teaching coordinations-I hit the highest note EVER in a lesson with Ben! Can’t wait to start taking with him more regularly now that he is teaching full time at Brett Manning Studios!Angela FentonSinger/Songwriter
I was expecting to be able to get a full sound in 3 lessons, which I was able to do through his instruction. I learned that my vocal cords weren’t closed when I was singing. Ben helped me close them to create bigger tones. I was blown away by Ben’s ability to diagnose that. His encouragement was awesome to have, especially as someone who is a learned singer. He knows what he’s doing!Tamen HadeSinger/Producer
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