Ben Gundersheimer (known onstage as MISTER G) is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author 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.
Throughout Ben’s career the crafts of music and storytelling have intertwined seamlessly propelling him as performer and author. Ben has published four picture books with Penguin Random House based on his original, multicultural songs. His first book Señorita Mariposa is a bilingual telling of the monarch butterfly migration from Canada to Mexico. Now in its 13th hardcover printing, it has been used widely in classrooms, StoryWalks and is a bestseller at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History bookstore. Scholastic has published a paperback version of Señorita Mariposa for the school market.
MISTER G has released 12 albums of original, multicultural music and received numerous accolades including a Latin GRAMMY Award and five Parents’ Choice Gold Awards. His music weaves together a wide variety of musical styles and languages, and hetours internationally headlining performing arts centers, festivals, and theaters, schools and libraries. Selected venues include: Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza (Chicago), the National Theatre (Washington, DC), JazzFest (New Orleans), ,Hard Rock Café (Philadelphia), the Getty Center (Los Angeles), Central Park SummerStage (New York City), JW3 (London), Parque Chapultepec (Mexico City).
Throughout his career the two crafts have intertwined, propelling him as a performer and author. By age nine he was writing his own original songs, and as the son of children’s book author/illustrator Karen Gundersheimer, composing stories was a constant activity as well.