With a unique blend of indie, rock, and new wave pop, Benjamin Neil has coined his sound as Coastal Rock.
THE SOLO ARTIST
As well as his various performing accolades, Ben is also an accomplished graphic designer, photographer, marketing designer, and content creator. He holds a BA in Popular Music from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is currently pursuing his MA in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. He can frequently be seen performing throughout Central Florida, both solo and with his band, ROCKET TO ANYWHERE.
ROCKET TO ANYWHERE began in 2014 as frontman Ben Crane’s solo project in the bars, restaurants, and coffeehouses of West Palm Beach. The band appeared on BalconyTV Miami, now Studio Road TV, reaching #1 on both the local and international charts with the first public performance of their single ‘Sleepless.’ After that auspicious debut, the band brought their high energy live show to stages all over Florida, garnering support for their brand of ‘coast rock.’
In 2016, Ben Neil and the band hit major streaming platforms with an acoustic version of ‘Golden. Paired with an accompanying music video, their sand-in-your-hair, sea-air-fueled place within mainstream indie-pop was solidified. They released their first full-band single, ‘Mirror,’ later that year, recorded in collaboration with Full Sail University, to their first national radio play and highest streaming numbers to date. The following shows, as well as their beach-infused sound, grabbed the attention of Florida’s largest waterfront music festival, Sunfest, in the summer of 2017. Performing on the bill with such acts as Tori Kelly, Jon Bellion, Blink-182!, and more.
ROCKET TO ANYWHERE signed with Panacea Records in late 2017, immediately following that with a new single, ‘F M W T Y,’ and a unique arena-ready sound. The release of ‘Coast’ in early 2019 marked the band’s first mainstream success on major platforms. With over 50,000 total streams in the first 5 days of release, the lead single ‘Sleepless’ found itself featured on over 200 curated Spotify playlists and heard on national radio.