Jen Benton: Bassist/Composer/Musician


Jen Benton first picked up the electric bass guitar at the age of 15 years.  Young and proficient on the trumpet, she took an immediate affinity for the bass and began to pursue it as her primary instrument which has lead to her professional career. 

Benton has performed all over North America, Europe and Barbados.  Performing in arenas to intimate clubs including Radio City Music Hall, The Greek Theatre, Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, numerous House of Blues, The Old Nick, MGM Grand Arena, Orpheum Theatre, Club Med Cancun, Paradiso, etc...

Jen Benton has appeared/performed on National television programs such as the Craig Ferguson Show, MTV Live Canada, MTV's Total Request Live, Breakfast Television, CBC, IFC, APTN, and ET Canada.  She has also performed and appeared on countless live radio shows, awards ceremonies, record company showcases (Canada), Virgin Festival, Sirius Radio, and live internet broadcasts.

She has performed live with Alex Lifeson, Meredith Shaw, The Cliks, Dale Sings Bowie, Classic Albums Live, Ron Sexsmith, I Will Be King, Shawnee, Fat Head Hazel, Serena Ryder, august, Test Icicles, Lily Frost, Sarah Slean, Stiletto Flats, Sandra Bouza and Andy Kim, to name a few. 

Some artists that Benton has been billed alongside with include The Cult, New York Dolls, Cyndi Lauper, Tegan and Sara, Debbie Harry, Tommy James and the Shondells, Lenny Kravitz, The B52's, and the Dresden Dolls. 

She was the resident bassist for the Coalmine Theatre's production run of Fleetwood Mac's album Rumors in 2018.  Benton recorded bass on multiple singles with Meredith Shaw produced by both The Trews and Joel Plaskett.  She recorded a full length album "Dirty King ~ The Cliks" with Producer Sylvia Massy in the fall of 2008 in Weed, California. 

Benton graduated with Dean's Honour Roll recognition from Hamilton's Mohawk College in the Applied Music Program.  She then completed Humber College's Music Bridging Program.  She studied both jazz and classical theory and performance as well as privately on upright bass with teacher Pat Collins.     

She was accepted into Victor Wooten's Bass/Nature Camp in Tennessee during the spring of 2003 where she was honoured with a complete scholarship.  

Benton was officially endorsed by Spector Bass on July 7, 2011 (see announcements).  She also endorses Markbass Amplifiers, EMG pick-ups, Mono Cases, Gruv Gear Fret Wraps, and Mesa Boogie Amplifiers.  

Photographer:  Darko Dan

Hair/Make Up Artist:  Luda Zadorovich