Singer-songwriter Ben Goldsmith has had a rapid rise in the music industry, having just graduated high school a mere few weeks ago and is already signed to a major label record deal and just played his first Bonnaroo. Goldsmith was signed to Sony Music Nashville last year at the age of sixteen-years-old and has taken advantage of the opportunity, releasing his song “Flowers In Your Hair” a couple of weeks ago and announced his 15-track, debut album The World Between My Ears slated to drop on September 22nd. Goldsmith hails from Long Island, NY and became interested in music at 4 years old (where his violin teacher discovered he had perfect pitch) and has studied jazz guitar at The Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music in NY. He recorded an EP of original music at 11 years old that featured him playing all of the instruments. His on-stage presence was honed while in School of Rock programs, local community events, fairs and clubs by the time he was 12 years old and at 13 he elevated his guitar skills with Tomo Fujita, a guitar professor at Berklee College. Like many high school students during the early days of the pandemic, Goldsmith was limited to online learning but later on wound up traveling back and forth to Nashville to work on songwriting and solidified his own unique sound.
Goldsmith spoke with B-Sides host Pete Mar about performing at Bonnaroo 2023, how his musical upbringing with jazz and Dave Matthews influenced him and more.