In this informal pre-show with a smooth & upbeat vibe, you’ll get acquainted with our virtual event platform and the hundreds of leaders also in attendance, led by Emmy Award-winning artist Ben Sollee. Ben is known for creating and curating experiences that grow a greater sense of togetherness and will guide everyone towards making easy connections and getting comfortable in the virtual space for the day ahead.
Ben is performing from La La Land, a recording studio in Louisville, Kentucky built around a 40 channel vintage Trident TSM40 board (originally built for the famed Record Plant in Sausalito, CA). The studio has been a creative home over the years to Jim James, Ray Lamontagne, Jake Shears, GRLWood, Strand of Oaks, Joan Shelley, Boa and countless others.
Over the last two decades, Kentuckian Ben Sollee has distinguished himself as multi-faceted creative, blurring the lines between music, tech, and activism. A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music, he holds a BFA in cello performance. Since his debut record in 2008, Mr. Sollee has released 6 studio records and nearly 10 EPs garnering praise from the New York Times and NPR. His music has been featured in TV shows such as Weeds and Parenthood. In addition, Sollee has a growing career as a composer for film, TV, and interactive media earning a Emmy Award in 2018 for his score on the ABC special Base Ballet.
Beyond music, Mr. Sollee is known for his social and environmental advocacy working with organizations like Oxfam America, The Nature Conservancy, and Canopy KY to protect people and the land. He currently lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and three children.
Enjoy some of Ben’s work, Base Ballet