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BIOGRAPHY

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Mauro grew up in Syracuse, New York. He first began playing guitar by blasting Led Zeppelin songs in his parents’ basement and soon he was totally obsessed with making music. After high school, Ben studied classical guitar at Onondaga Community College, then moved to New York City where he says his street musical education began.

Shortly after his arrival, he got hired as a singer and guitarist in the house band at Greenwich Village’s legendary Cafe Wha?, which is the club where Jimi Hendrix was discovered. At Cafe Wha?, Ben would perfect his playing chops by performing multiple styles of music until 4am, five nights a week. He eventually moved on and began playing in various groups--performing anywhere from the rock clubs of New Jersey to the R&B clubs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Word spread quickly and Ben got an offer to join funk and pop icon Lionel Richie's band, which brought him to Los Angeles. Ben then began playing concerts with Lionel all over the world to thousands of screaming fans. In between Lionel gigs, Ben also played on the first American Idol tour featuring Kelly Clarkson, as well as many of her television debut shows. He then went on to play guitar for Britney Spears during the Black Onyx Tour and appeared in multiple television performances with Britney.

Ben has worked with numerous other artists, including Christina Aquilera, Prince, Peter Frampton and more. In 2012 Ben toured Japan with Don Felder from the Eagles, Australia with John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival and Europe with Lionel Richie. Due to his extraordinary musical skills and dynamic stage presence, he has remained one of the core members of Lionel Richie's band for over 13 years, recording two live DVDs and one live CD with Lionel. Ben has made multiple TV appearances on such shows as Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, Good Morning America and many others.

Ben is also the host of his own travel and music show that he shoots and produces called LET'S GO! with Ben Mauro. The show is currently airing on Wisecast Cable through Black Pearl Media Group on the My eTV channel and on Ben’s YouTube channel. He released his debut EP, Happily Ever, on UVT Entertainment in 2012 and in March of 2013 he played in Vienna, Austria to promote the EP. While there, he received a write up in Ticket magazine. Ben's debut EP was recorded and mixed by Grammy winning producer/engineer Ted Greenberg. Ben was also able to enlist some world class musicians including drummer Oscar Seaton, who plays drums for Lionel Richie and George Benson.

Ben is already getting a reputation as an exciting solo performer and his EP Happily Ever has an upbeat California vibe. “It features the song 'Happily Ever' which is super cool and needs to be blaring on a beach somewhere warm and breezy. The song 'Eleanore' definitely showcases some great guitar work and you can hear influences from Jack Johnson, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen throughout this up and coming artist's debut EP.” (UVT Entertainment)

Ben will release his second EP titled Take Your Time in May of 2014 and he will also be touring with Lionel Richie in Australia, Asia and the United States this summer.