Ben Mauro

Lionel Richie

Artist Facts:

Nationality: USA
Artist Since:2012
Influences:Warren Haynes | John Mayer | Zack Wylde
Favorite Road Snack:Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
Favorite Car:Dodge Pickup Truck
Favorite Book:Into the Wild
Favorite Movie:Rock the Kasbah
Favorite TV Show:Supernatural
Favorite Band:The Allman Brothers
Favorite Cartoon Character:Spongebob Squarepants
Mac or PC:Mac
iPhone or Android:iPhone
Facebook or Twitter:Facebook
Vinyl or Digital Download:Digital Download
Beatles or Stones:Stones
Favorite Type of Venue:Theatre
What is most fun for your band:I get to stand next to the legendary Lionel Richie and listen to him sing his classic songs on stage to thousands of fans all over the world.  Lionel is amazing and his band is really incredible.  I always feel so lucky to get to play with such unbelievable musicians.  Playing my own solo shows performing my original music is also very fun!
For me, music is:my love and my life
Farthest distance traveled to see a band:100+ miles
Favorite or most inspirational place to write music:my apartment when it's quiet
What piece of music memorabilia do you wish you owned:Guitar played by Jimi Hendrix

Artist Bio:

Ben Mauro released his 2nd EP entitled "From N.Y." on February 23rd, 2016.  It is already receiving great reviews.  He is currently performing in Las Vegas with Lionel Richie for a four week residency at Planet Hollywood Casino.

On November 3rd, 2015 singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Mauro released his debut EP as a solo artist entitled "To L.A." He also just finished a European tour with pop/funk icon Lionel Richie that included Europe's biggest summer festivals including a stand put performance at Glastonbury that won live festival performance of the year.  Ben’s extraordinary musical skills and dynamic stage presence has been the reason that he has remained a core member of Lionel Richie’s band for over fifteen years.  Ben has also worked with many other artists including Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Don Felder from the Eagles, John Fogerty, Christina Aquilera, Toni Braxton and also worked on projects produced by Peter Frampton and Prince.

But with Ben it’s not just about the music, it’s also about giving back.  On every trip to Syracuse he goes to his old high school (West Genesee  HS) and college (Onondaga Community College where he studied classical guitar) to talk with students.  Ben gives them advice on how to have longevity in the music business and gives clinics to teach them the basics of music theory.  In 2014 he started the Ben Mauro Endowment for Music Education at West Genesee; over the next four years he will make a donation to the school’s music department.  He wants every kid to have every advantage to be able to play if that is their passion.  Ben grew up playing the clubs of Syracuse then eventually moved to NYC where he landed the gig with Lionel Richie.  Ben now lives in Los Angeles, California.

And if all that isn’t enough to keep him busy, Ben is also the host of his own travel music show called “Let’s Go! with Ben Mauro.”  During his downtime on tour, Ben explores the cities he’s in and takes the viewer behind-the-scenes of the touring musician’s life.