Benny Ray Hester is an American musician, singer, songwriter and recording artist. He is perhaps best known for his songs "When God Ran" and "Nobody Knows Me Like You", and for producing the groundbreaking tween/teen music-driven sketch comedy and dance television series Roundhouse on Nickelodeon. Hester received a television Cable Ace Award for the song "I Can Dream" and a collection of nominations for writing and producing a featured original song for each weekly episode of Roundhouse during its successful four-year run. He has written and recorded more than 25 number one and top ten songs.
Hester's recording of his song "When God Ran" touched the consciousness of Christians worldwide, and is the longest running number one song in Contemporary Christian Music history, number one for 13 weeks, and the number three song in the 60-year history of Word Records. â€œWhen God Ranâ€ continues to be rerecorded by artists in many languages and musical genres, including adult contemporary, pop, rock, alternative and Southern Gospel, making it to the top of the charts repeatedly.
The title track from his third album, "Nobody Knows Me Like You", reached number one on Christian Music Charts and became the first CCM song to break the Billboard Top 50 Adult Contemporary Chart, debuting at number 44 on November 7, 1981. Hester's first CCM single, "Jesus Came Into My Life", was a breakthrough recording, becoming the first contemporary pop rock song to be universally accepted and widely played across all Christian Radio formats.