A 2015 Latin GRAMMY Award winner, Mister G is a leading figure in the children’s music world. A former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) tours internationally headlining major venues such as the Hard Rock Cafe, the National Zoo, Austin City Limits, Strathmore Music Center, the Getty Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His 2015 Latin GRAMMY winning release, Los Animales, is an international collaboration featuring some of the greatest musicians in the jazz, salsa and tropical worlds, including GRAMMY winners Arturo O’Farrill, Marlow Rosado, Robby Ameen and Oscar Stagnaro. The album was recorded on tour in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, San Antonio, and San Francisco, with additional studio sessions done in Buenos Aires and Amsterdam. In addition to receiving a Latin GRAMMY, Los Animales also won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Los Animales is Mister G’s third album of original bilingual songs, following ABC Fiesta (2014 Latin GRAMMY nominee) and Chocolalala (Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner).
Since his 2010 break-out debut children’s release Pizza for Breakfast, Mister G has produced a new, original CD every year. His 2011 album BUGS, was selected as one of the top CDs for children by both Parents magazine and People magazine. Inspired by his background as a classroom teacher, Mister G’s literacy-themed album The Bossy E is a collaboration with GRAMMY winner Charles Neville. Mister G’s story begins when he was just about the same age as his devoted fans. Growing up as the son of noted children’s book author and illustrator Karen Gundersheimer, Mister G learned to value great writing for kids at a young age. After begging his parents to let him switch from recorder to guitar lessons, he started writing his first songs at the age of nine.
Ben’s origins as a bilingual songwriter trace back to his decision to study Spanish in middle school. At the time, he was convinced that he would grow up to be a baseball player and he wanted to be able to speak Spanish to his future teammates. While he never made it to the Major Leagues, his knowledge and love of Spanish have allowed him to carve out a unique path in the children’s music world.
Ben first became interested in writing music for children when he was still performing for adults. In the late 90s, he created an educational side project, “The Roots Music Collective,” with his bandmates. The experience hooked him on the energy, curiosity and creativity of young audiences, and ultimately he decided to combine his background as a musician and songwriter with his passion for teaching children. Inspired by his students (who originally dubbed him ‘Mister G’), he began writing the songs that would comprise his debut family album Pizza for Breakfast.
2010 Pizza for Breakfast (Mister G’s debut CD)
2011 BUGS (Parents magazine and People magazine top children’s album)
2012 Chocolalala (Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner)
2013 ABC Fiesta (Latin GRAMMY nomination and Parents’ Choice Silver Award Winner)
2014 The Bossy E (literacy-themed album featuring GRAMMY winner Charles Neville)
2015 Los Animales (Latin GRAMMY Award winner and Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner)
2015 The Mitzvah Bus (PJ Library selection)