Benjamin Mertz was born in Hackensack, NJ, and has lived in California's SF Bay Area for twelve years. He is 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. Benjamin recently completed an album of Black Spiritual music called "Climbing Up the Mountain." When not performing music, he teaches composition and jazz theory in his home studio and writes and speaks on issues of racial justice, spirituality, and human rights.
Benjamin lives in Richmond, CA.