Ben Smith, Drummer for Heart
Ben Smith is a prolific and accomplished drummer based in Seattle, Washington, who has performed live and in studio with the legendary rock band Heart since 1994. Heart, is led by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson with Ben on drums, Dan Rothchild on Bass, Craig Bartock on Guitar, and Chris Joyner on Keys. In 2015 Ben toured with Ann Wilson’s side project, The Ann Wilson Thing!, (TAWT!), now known as Ann Wilson of Heart.
Ben’s newest project is called Roadcase Roayle led by Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield, with Chris Joyner, Dan Rothchild, and Ryan Waters. Roadcase Royale has been recording non-stop and will begin touring in 2017.
Check out their first single, “Get Loud”.
Ben is one of the world’s most respected and talented rock musicians. Career highlights include playing on most network and cable talk shows, (Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Ellen, Good Morning America, Today, etc); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Performance 2013; concert tours every year across the US, Canada, and internationally; studio recordings for Heart and Lovemongers, (Whirlygig, Lovemongers’ Christmas, Jupiter’s Darling, Red Velvet Car, Fanatic); also for Ann Wilson’s solo project “Hope and Glory”, featuring Sir Elton John, Shawn Colvin, KD Lang, and others.
You can hear Ben’s drumming on the film “Almost Famous”, with Nancy Wilson composing and performing. These sessions, featuring Peter Frampton and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, included songs by the band “Stillwater”. “Almost Famous” won the Grammy award for Best Soundtrack in 2001. Ben also performed with Nancy Wilson and Mike McCready for the Cameron Crowe film “Vanilla Sky”, starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz, including the song, “I Fall Apart”, sung by Cameron Diaz; and in the film “Elizabethtown” with Nancy Wilson; as well as working for many composers, producers, and artists on other recordings, on television, and in films.