The Ill-Tempered Klavier
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June 17, 2008

Sounds like … the provocative perspectives of Rich Mullins, Derek Webb, and Andrew Peterson with the earthy touches of frequent collaborators Andrew Osenga, Matt Wertz, Randall Goodgame, and Jeremy Casella

At a glance … the famed session player turns in an extraordinary solo debut laden with colorful poetic phrases, clever organic arrangements, and an all around ingenious eclecticism

When Ben Shive first heard a Rich Mullins record as a high school student in the mid-1990s, the early seeds of his Christian music calling were sewn. After dabbling in jazz prior to graduation, he attended Nashville's Belmont University with hopes of networking into full-time session work, starting with fellow Mullins enthusiast Andrew Peterson. What began as a simple string arrangement for Peterson's "Faith to Be Strong" soon morphed into writing string arrangements for the singer/songwriter's Behold the Lamb of God concert, leading to greater prominence throughout Music City.

From then until now, this relative newcomer has been a regular on the road and in the studio as a producer, arranger, keyboard player and co-writer across several Peterson projects, which quickly led to becoming an in demand session player just as he hoped. In fact, those who study album credits closely have probably seen his name on albums by Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Chris Tomlin, not to mention a slew of talented indie acts like Randall Goodgame, Jeremy Casella and Matt Wertz, to name but a few.

Now Shive finally steps out on his own as the latest artist involved in the Square Peg Alliance (a left-of-center Christian artist collective that features many of the aforementioned indie artists, as well as Peterson, Caedmon's Call guitarist Andrew Osenga, ...

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