They say “Storytelling isn’t about the truth, it’s about what the truth should have been”.
For Ben Cottrill, a decade of performing on streets and stages across Canada has given him a story that defines his gritty Acoustic-Rock style and resonates with the west-coast romantic in everyone.
Raised among five skilled musicians, Cottrill’s grit was instilled early on, as was his love for classic Folk, Rock and Soul music. At 17, his first EP scored him a win as a finalist in the Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists' Program and career support from Universal Music.
Turbulent heartbreak arose shortly thereafter, and Cottrill traded in Canada for the Mediterranean coast and the United Kingdom. The year-long immersion into the rich music and culture of the Old World yielded his second EP Spice-Box, which gained over 120,000 streams the following year.
Upon finishing the Spice-Box Tour, Cottrill was chosen from 20,000 applicants across Canada to appear on CTV’s music series The Launch as one of the select artists working with both Bryan Adams and industry mogul Scott Borchetta on the program.
Visualized by unique single-shot music videos, the release of new EP "Velvet Regrets Vol.1" in early 2020 has been supported by dates across Canada, with more to come.