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Who I Am [edit]
by Ben Fuller | Genre: AC/Inspo | Release Date: September 23, 2022

The debut album from singer/songwriter Ben Fuller is now out. Titled Who I Am (Provident Label Group/Sony Music), the project offers eight songs, such as the Top 5 and rising title track along with the powerful "Chasing Rebels."

"Releasing my first ever major label album with Sony/Provident is such a day of rejoicing and reflection for me. My past and present are recorded in lyrics and melodies - all wrapped up in God's grace and redemption and how turning my life over to Him - has changed my whole world. I pray for all who take the time to listen to Who I Am, that God draws them nearer than ever before."

Fuller made his music debut with the single "Who I Am," which has been climbing at radio for multiple weeks. The poignant song showcases Fuller's open-hearted honesty about how the love of Jesus can change your life. He's open and honest about the darker side of his past, confident his life has changed for good. "This song is an anthem for me," he shares. "It allows me to remind myself who I am. I left the old me. It's a powerful song to watch people own for themselves and watch them shout it out loud. There's nothing like kids and adults and everyone in between singing, 'I'm a child of the most-high God and the most-high God is for me.'" "

Track Listing
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01. World Changed
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02. Who I Am
03. Wide Awake
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04. Other Plans
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05. But The Cross
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06. He Found Me
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07. Proud
08. Chasing Rebels
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Grit, Grace, Redemption | Posted October 12, 2022
What You Need to Know
Ben Fuller has released his first major record label album, Who I Am, with Provident Label Group/Sony Music. The album is an honest take on Ben's personal story and experience of God's grace that he hopes God will use to draw others into the same.

What It Sounds Like
Who I Am opens strong with anthems "World Changed" and title track "Who I Am," singing the truth about what Jesus has done for us. It makes sense that the choruses and bridges are big and energetic, making you want to belt out the words along with the record. There are several moments like that on the album.

I love the choice to have piano mirror the vocal melody in the verses of "Wide Awake." That whole song feels epic and cinematic, from the production to vocal delivery. Who I Am not only has its big production and anthemic moments; it also does subtlety well, with simple, stripped down ballads like "Chasing Rebels" and "Other Plans" that give the lyrics even more space to take front and center.

Ben has a natural grit in his voice that sets him apart, and his vocal style sounds like a combination of Country and Rock stylings. As a body of work, Who I Am combines the familiarity of Contemporary while keeping a rock-influence that gives it an edge, and the blend is perfect.

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights
A few themes stand out to me from this project. Declaring what Jesus has done for us through His death and resurrection and how that comes to bear on our real lives is a common thread from start to finish. ("World Changed," "But the Cross," "He Found Me")

Honesty is another. It's refreshing to hear Christian songs in which the artist isn't afraid to be real about their past, their struggles, and how God met them in the middle of it all without sugarcoating anything. I was also inspired by the skill of the songwriting. In song after song, the words are at the same time truthful, vulnerable, and crafted with compelling imagery.

Best Song On The Record
"Other Plans" wins best song. There's no other way to put it: we need more songs like this in Christian music. In this folky acoustic ballad, fittingly stripped down to just Ben's voice and guitar, Ben courageously and vulnerably opens up about his close call with suicide at the age of 16. He sings candidly about his thought process that day, how nervous he was, and God intervened to save his life. More than just great music, this is an important song God can use to rescue others.

For Fans Of
Dan Bremnes, Mike Donehey, Andrew Ripp, Zach Williams

Final Word
Ben Fuller was a new artist for me to discover and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know his testimony and music through Who Am I. When you listen to this album, you'll not only enjoy a unique sound, but you'll be reminded of God's power to redeem and rescue. What Ben sings about in his own story will give you hope for what God can do in yours.

Buy the album on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify


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