Benjamin Mertz was born in Hackensack, NJ, and has lived in California's SF Bay Area for ten years. He is the Music Minister of Skyline Community Church UCC in Oakland, and the founder/director of the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers.
Benjamin is a composer, performer, and song leader who specializes in music of the Black Spiritual tradition. He can often be found leading songs at benefit concerts, vigils, protest actions, sacred services, and workshops.
He lives in Richmond, CA.