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Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, Ben Lapps, 18, is currently a senior at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy and has been performing professionally for 4 years. Picking up his first guitar at age 12, Ben soon began writing his own music, and recorded his first album, The New Color, at age 14. He was the youngest participant in the 2008 International Fingerstyle Guitar Championships and the 2010 Canadian Guitar Championships. 

At 17, Ben released his second full album "See, the Sky" which showcases his talent in composition with especially rich, patient acoustic guitar work. Inspired by acoustic guitar icons such as Justin King, Michael Hedges, and Thomas Leeb, his music is truly unique – beautiful to listen to and mesmerizing to watch.

Ben has performed his solo acoustic guitar act at venues such as The Aronoff for Red's Uncut in 2011, Cincinnati’s Midpoint Music Festival 2009, 2010 and 2011, Eden Park for EdenSong 2011, multiple performances at The Blue Wisp including opening for jazz great Frank Vignola, Cincinnati’s Fountain Square for the MLB 2010 Civil Rights Day Reds Game and featured performer for 2010 RedsFest at the Cincinnati Convention Center, Fountain Square for Acoustic Thursdays, Taste of Blue Ash, Leo Coffeehouse, Xavier University, The Phoenix, Paul Brown Stadium, Country Clubs such as Heritage Club, Four Bridges, and Terrace Park, restaurants such as Relish Modern Tapas in Deerfield, Anthony’s of West Chester, Pitrelli’s in Mason, Mesh, The Havana Martini Club, Northside Tavern as well as performing at The Homestead Resort in Virginia. 

Ben has performed at the 2010 and 2011 Children's Charity Classic Cabaret in Lexington, KY and the 2010 and 2011 Texas Wounded Warrior Program in Tyler, TX. Ben was the featured performer at Macy's United Way Kick-Off in 2009 and Ben also performed at the 2009 and 2010 Mason Heritage Festival, is part of Mason's Thursday Night Live Series and performed at Mason's 2010 Independence Day Red, Rhythm and Boom Celebration.

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