Ben Gundersheimer is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, he was originally dubbed MISTER G by his young students while pursuing a Master of Education degree. His dynamic, interactive bilingual performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross-cultural connections.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Ben Gundersheimer is a graduate of Amherst College and the recipient of the first songwriting scholarship awarded by the Berklee College of Music. For his Master’s of Education thesis, Ben created a curriculum that incorporated songwriting as a learning tool. Dubbed ‘Mister G by his 4th-grade students, he began writing the songs that would comprise his debut family album while working as a classroom teacher.
More than a decade later, Ben has released ten albums as 'Mister G' and received numerous accolades including a Latin GRAMMY Award and five Parents’ Choice Gold Awards. He tours internationally headlining performing arts centers, festivals, and theaters, performing in both English and Spanish.
In the music community, Ben is known as a collaborator. He has a long history of recording and performing with notable musicians from a wide range of musical and cultural backgrounds including saxophonist Charles Neville (Neville Brothers), Puerto Rican flautist José Valentino, Argentinian vocalist Mica Farías Gomez, Senegalese talking drum master Massamba Diop (Baaba Maal), Dominican pianist Janina Rosado (Juan Luis Guerra), Peruvian bassist Oscar Stagnaro (Paquito D’Rivera) and Cuban pianist Arturo O'Farrill.
As an author, Ben has published two picture books with Penguin Random House based on his original, bilingual songs. "Señorita Mariposa
" chronicles the extraordinary migration of the monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, while "Lilah Tov Good Night
" is a lyrical lullaby which celebrates the beauty of our world and the spirit of resilience in a refugee family.
Ben currently resides in western Massachusetts with his wife, Kat Jamieson
(MISSUS G) and his beloved rescue dog, Josie and cat, Chloe Bird. He records and produces albums at Black Bear
, a recording studio that he built at his house in the woods outside of Northampton, MA.