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 few 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.
“His bluesy timbre is joined by toe-tapping strums, piano, and harmonica—at its strongest when you can hear the grit in his voice. Spice-Box is a companion for the open road; smoky tones over bittersweet melodies and a gentle heartbeat.”
"...the collection harkens back to the slow 60s Rock that inspired him to stick with the music. That feeling shows in every full note Cottrill sings, and, as I finally unbundle, I’m left with the hope that at least when it comes to his music, some things won’t pass."
Featured on CTV’s THE LAUNCH music series with Bryan Adams and Scott Borchetta (2019)
Has over 180,000 streams on Spotify/Apple Music
Winner of Abbotsford Arts Award for Performing Arts (2019)
Nominated for Fraser Valley Music Award (2017, 2018)
Toured British Columbia, Alberta & Ontario, self-released two EPs and additional singles
Winner in Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists Program (2015)