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Ben Sollee Concert (Chelsea Ancona)

The tennis courts were transformed into a concert stage for singer and songwriter, Ben Sollee, on Feb. 11. The Bellarmine Activities Council welcomed Sollee for Bellarmine students as well as the community.

Ben Solle is a Kentucky native who has had a passion for music since his childhood. He was raised in Lexington and began playing the cello in the fourth grade. His parents were very supportive of his music career and encouraged him to pursue it.

Sollee became well-known when he was a backup musician before he launched a songwriting career in 2008.

Sollee received his first big break as a member of the Sparrow Quartet, an acoustic group that also featured vocalist Abigail Washburn, banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and violinist Casey Driessen. He had already written some of his own songs, but joined the group regardless.

They toured the world, visited Tibet at the behest of the U.S. State Department, and released several recordings. Sollee was named one of the Top Ten Unknown Artists of the Year in 2007 by NPR’s Morning Edition. One year later, he released an EP of his own material, “If You’re Gonna Lead My Country,” and followed it with a full-length album named “Learning to Bend.”

The Bellarmine Activites Council Concerts Committee was very excited to bring Sollee to the Bellarmine community.

BAC Concerts Co-chair, Caitlyn Walsh, said, “We thought he would attract a lot of Bellarmine students as well as the outside community. He has a big following in the Lexington and Louisville area.”

Sollee brought along Justin Lewis, who is also a musician. Sollee played a 90 minute show for the audience, who were very pleased with the show.

Senior Ali Greenwell said, “I loved Ben’s performance. His music is so unique, but yet powerful. His songs have a positive message behind their meaning, and it is evident that he has a passion for music.”

Sollee is most commonly known for his talent of the cello. He was recently featured on CNN for his talent and enjoys travelling to share his music with his fans. Through his music, he tries to encourage people to be the ones who make changes in the world, respect their planet and accomplish their dreams.

Several hundred guests attended the concert. A lot of fans purchased merchandise after the show and waited to get autographs and photographs with Sollee.

Although this was Sollee’s first performance on tennis courts, he was very pleased with Bellarmine for making him feel at home, and he was even more pleased with the support he received from the individuals who attended.

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