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Country 'Klicks' for Ben

A West Kelowna musician is looking to make it big with the release of his second EP and an album release party at Okanagan College.

Ben Klick, a country musician and Okanagan College audio engineering and music production alumni, released his EP on Sept. 15.

Within two days, it hit number 37 on the iTunes top country albums downloaded chart.

“To be up there with Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, the big names who are all over the radio, and my personal idols in country music, was extremely humbling,” said Klick.

He's holding a release party Oct. 10 for fans, family and friends, where Klick will play his new songs. The party will take place at Kelowna’s Okanagan College campus at 7:30 p.m.

“The instructors and staff at the college have taught me a lot, given me a lot. I wanted to give back to the college in some way,” said Klick.

His passion for country music was first sparked at age four, after being mesmerized by the guitar player at a Shania Twain concert.

Following his graduation from Okanagan College, Klick travelled south to Nashville, where he recorded his EP.

“Because of the skills I learned at the college, I could go in the studio and give direction, using proper terminology,” Klick said. “I understood the technology, and that helped make the creation of this EP something I had a big hand in.”

Klick is nominated for five B.C. Country Music Association Awards this year, including a guitar player of the year award. The awards take place on Oct. 25 in Coquitlam.

Tickets for the release party are $5 at the door, and copies of his EP will be available for $10. 

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