Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but embracing the musical roots of North America upon his family's emigration to Minneapolis in his teens, he has won numerous ISC songwriting awards and his recordings have been critically heralded: PASTE Magazine named ROMANTICA'S album, America, "One of the Best Albums of the Year." in 2007 and American Songwriter has called his latest release "Perfect."
Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams, Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) and Dan Wilson are some of the artists Ben has worked with and his duets recording with Austin TX roots sweetheart Carrie Rodriguez, We Still Love Our Country, was a hit with Americana Radio in 2011.
In 2013 he released a self-titled solo debut, that received rave reviews and inspired the Huffington Post to dub Kyle "A Sleeping Giant."
In 2017 after an extended hiatus, Romantica came back with perhaps their finest album to date. From the hushed tones of ‘Harder to Hear’ to their tip of the hat to Gram Parsons, ‘Cecil Ingram Conor,’ Ben Kyle and the band sound like they mean business on the new Shadowlands album” says Bill DeVille of The Current.
Shadowlands was released on Last Chance Records on February 10th, 2017.
Romantica’s fourth album and first release in seven years was in danger of never happening, after frontman/songwriter Ben Kyle became ill. “It feels like a resurrection,” Kyle says of Shadowlands. As Ben told Andrea Swensson of The Current, “With the illness, with the hiatus over the past years, there was sort of a death for me; for the band, and for music even, in a way. It got to the point, with the illness, where I realized that I may not be able to write or play again. I may have to let everything go. It’s a really, really hard place to be, where you feel like life is just slipping away from you. So I think I got to the place there where I was able to let go and say that’s okay. I let go. I surrender. And I receive everything that I’ve ever been given, and everything that I will be given, as a gift. And so now I feel like everything I have is something that’s really given back to me. It does feel like a resurrection.”
May 4th 2018, will see the release of Romantica's fifth album: Romantica // Outlaws