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From : Rebel Entertainment 
Subject : Do Not Give Up What You Know Is Right - Additional Info - Benny Hester - Music Producer/Songwriter/Executive Producer - Roundhouse 
Date : Sat, 22 Jan 2000

Thanks for keeping this going!  You guys are great!
Just some additional info.

Re:  ROUNDHOUSE

"Benny" 1972 Produced By Brent Maher - VMI Records

"Benny Hester" 1978 Produced By Brent Maher - Sparrow/Spirit Records

"Nobody Knows Me Like You" 1981 Produced By Michael Omartian - Myrrh/Word Records

"Be A Receiver" 1982 Produced By Brent Maher - Myrrh/Word Records

"Legacy" 1983 Produced By Benny Hester & John Guess - Myrrh/Word Records

"Benny From Here" 1986 Produced By Dan Posthuma & Jeremy Smith - Myrrh/Word Records

"Through The Window" 1987 Produced By Dan Posthuma - Myrrh/Word Records

"Personal Best" 1998 Various Producers - Michael Omartian, Dan Posthuma, Jeremy Smith, Benny Hester & John Guess, Brent Maher - Myrrh/Word Records

"Perfect" 1990 Produced By Benny Hester & Bill Baumgart - Frontline/Benson Records

"United We Stand" 1991 Produced By Benny Hester & Bill Baumgart - Frontline/Benson Records

Awarded a Television Cable Ace in 1993 for best "Original Song" for "I Can Dream" and five other best "Original Song" Cable Ace Award Nominations from 1993 to 1996 as Music Producer and Songwriter for the hit MTV/Nickelodeon" show "Roundhouse".
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BENNY HESTER BIO

Still in his teens, Benny Hester's first pop/rock self titled album, "Benny" was readied for release in 1972.  Although the warehouse storing it mysteriously burned down and the album was never released to the general market or radio, he gained valuable experience working with industry veterans like Ron Tutt, James Burton, Joe Osborn, Larry Mahoberac, and producer Brent Maher.  He also learned from sitting behind the console and watching sound engineer and VMI Record president Bill Porter mix the live concerts each night for Elvis Presely.  And thanks to Bill, that's where Benny's band for his first album came from.  Some of those recordings made it to the "black market" and discount bins all over the country. 

In 1978 Benny recorded "Benny Hester", his debut album on Sparrow Records.  This proved to be a ground breaking recording on the CCM music scene.  For the first time ever traditional CCM radio stations began to take the rock sound seriously.  The single, "Jesus Came Into My Life", was quickly embraced by CCM radio.

Benny's next album, "Nobody Knows Me Like You", produced by Michael Omartian, is considered a classic.  The title song became one of the biggest selling of all time.  In 1981, the single "Nobody Knows Me Like You" went on to become the first contemporary Christian recording ever to cross over to the pop charts and become a top forty hit.

In 1985 Benny recorded "Benny From Here".  It was this album that produced one of the top ten singles in the history of Christian music, "When God Ran".  This song made an immediate impact on radio and quickly became a number one hit.  "When God Ran" went on to become the longest running number one song of all time.  Simultaneously, Benny's "Secret Thoughts" was number one on the Christian rock charts, making Benny the only CCM artist to sweep the AC, CHR, and Rock music charts with number one hits at the same time.

Benny has performed over 2,000 live concerts, recorded four top ten albums, and had ten number one singles.

In 1992 Benny, as Executive Producer and President of his own music and television production company - Rebel Entertainment, along with his two partners produced the MTV Networks/Nickelodeon hit show "Roundhouse".  The show ran for four years earning Benny nine Cable Ace Award nominations from 1993 to 1996 - three as Executive Producer for best "Variety Special or Series" and six for best "Original Song".  Benny won the Cable Ace Award for best "Original Song" with "I Can Dream" in 1993. 

Benny has two new music projects in production and Rebel Entertainment has a new television series underway to air in 2000.


From : Rebel Entertainment Inc.
Subject : A Few Additional Notes On Your Rebel Info 
Date : Mon, 7 Feb 2000

A few additions and corrections - stuff:

1. Roundhouse continued to run twice a week through January 1, 1996 in reruns, after the original episodes aired.

2. From 1993 to 1996, Roundhouse was nominated for nine Television Cable Ace Awards (most people do not know this).  Three for best "Variety Special Or Series" (nominations awarded to Buddy Sheffield, Rita Sheffield, & Benny Hester - Executive Producers) and Six for best "Original Song" (Benny Hester and Buddy Sheffield winning the Cable Ace Award in 1993 for best "Original Song" for "I Can Dream")- all produced by Benny Hester.

3. As you already have correct, Buddy Sheffield and Rita Sheffield were the creators of Roundhouse, but it may be important to note that Benny Hester also developed  Roundhouse along with Buddy and Rita over the seven  years it took to get it on the air.  Benny also was the sole backer of the original Roundhouse showcases which eventually led to the show getting on television. Although as producers their three areas creatively overlapped, Benny's real vision was to create original music weekly on television then take it to the music world for great albums and hopefully hit singles.  That is why such great care was taken in the digital recording and quality of the live music on Roundhouse each week.  He envisioned many of the cast members developing as recording artists with recording careers of their own and helping those who were already on their way by getting them in front of a larger audience and onto better record labels. Although it seemed obvious, with six best song nominations and many great live performances by the cast and band, along with the fact that Benny had finished the production of the first CD, "Roundhouse Live - Volume I", Nickelodeon would never allow the records to be released.  Even after a major record label issued contracts ready to be signed, Nickelodeon would not agree to let the albums be released to the public and to the Roundhouse fans.

4. Rita Sheffield stage directed all 52 episodes of Roundhouse and camera directed 25.  Rita created the actual visual style of Roundhouse.

5. You already have it correct that Benny, Buddy and Rita started Rebel Entertainment (actually in 1990 not 1991)

6. Just a little inside note.  Before landing on the name Rebel Entertainment as their permanent production company name, they started originally as Half Fast Productions (Buddy's idea - in the tradition of "That's good enough").  Nickelodeon would not allow them to keep that name and run it at the end of the show, so they picked Rebel Entertainment.

Thanks for all the great work concerning Roundhouse. Keep it up. You never know what may happen with such an obviously large presence on the net of those who like the Roundhouse hybrid style of comedy and music.

Would you please share this info with all the other major sites and links that, like you, have kept Roundhouse and the spirit of it's original style alive.

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