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Ben Tankard from "Thicker Than Water" stars in the Bravo reality docu-series.

Ben Tankard — known as the Godfather of the Gospel Jazz music scene — is the genre's best-selling artist / producer of all-time, picking up several gold records and awards along the path of a critically-acclaimed career. Outside of music, Ben is a former professional basketball player and motivational speaker for the NBA's Development League (D-League).

With success his end goal, he uses his competitive spirit to empower others to develop their hidden talents. In addition to working with his wife, children and church family to achieve their spiritual and business goals, he is launching his "Full Tank" big and tall men's clothing line and writing a new self-help book entitled "The Full Tank Life."

His three favorite hobbies are shining his monster truck, flying his airplanes and finding new ways to surprise his wife, Jewel.

Since he came on the national scene in 1990, there have been many titles associated with Ben Tankard, from the Quincy Jones of Gospel to the father of Gospel Jazz.

Ben explains, "Technically, the music is the same. A Christian 'C' note sounds the same as a non-Christian note, but as a minister, God releases His Spirit and power through me and the music becomes a vehicle-of-salvation to carry God's love, healing and deliverance."

He has won 9 Stellar Awards, 34 Stellar, 8 Dove, 3 Grammy nominations and is the best-selling Gospel Jazz instrumentalist in the world.

Also a "hit-maker" producer, Tankard discovered Yolanda Adams and has produced several top records for her, as well as collaborated with Take-6, Fred Hammond and John P. Kee, among others.

Tankard's 1997 hit song "Git Yo Praize On," with his ensemble, Tribe of Benjamin, has become the most used phrase among praise teams.

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How old is Ben Tankard? Find out here.

Age: 53 years old
Birthday: January 10, 1964

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