El músico estadounidense BenOaks presenta el sencillo “Summer’s Day” con la colaboración de Lee Morr, una interesante pieza que navega entre el spoken word y el jazz, con una personalidad tranquila, este sencillo es un detonador de emociones desde los primero segundos, la influencia del jazz abona un dinamismo sólido que alimenta a la perfección a la voz, es la linea vocal un protagonista natural por la fuerza interpretativa pero sobre todo por ser el conducto de la palabra, una track que roba la atención y no la suelta a lo largo de sus casi tres minutos de duración; Sobre la colaboración el artista apunta:
BenOaks remembers “We met about 5 years ago when I was still partying & doing drugs. He protected a woman who he didn’t even know. I always remembered that. We ran into each other a few times since then. He always asked if I was making new beats. I took a few years off while I got sober. So when we ran into each other at a spoken word / poetry event last summer hosted by an artist who is a mutual friend, it renewed our friendship. We have been hanging out a lot since then at my studio I share with two other incredible artists. One a fine artist. Painter / print maker / carpenter Darren Jordan. Another a fashion designer- Bird aka BirdUpProductions. We have been doing shows all together this Winter. Our 3rd event all together is this Saturday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where we all live.”
some amazing new triphop collaborations btwn BenOaks & 66notes Rachael Green Sings Circumstantial Saint @the_Griot_Giant @androideddie @kalamitye @realpinkeyes Sir Dominique Jordan Sean Hogan W.O.N.E. Adam Kissinger Alexandria Lee Wise Todd B Stevens JW Nielsen Gentle Jones Ren Thomas Official Jefferson Ambrose Music got SO MANY more for this year! follow BenOaks to stay tuned! 😘
BenOaks LOVES the new Switchboard studio / gallery space in Columbia, PA SO MUCH he is going to share his ENTIRE life story for the 1st time EVER in public TONITE 6:30-9pm. He was invited by Miss Alison & Eric Tonzola to share his RECOVERY story. He enjoys the space & feels so comfortable & inspired that he will be sharing stories about being raised in a cult – Jehovah’s Witnesses – to childhood sexual abuse, substance abuse, suicide survivor & now 5 years alcohol-free & an unhoused & mental health advocate 😍
The monthly 4th Friday Art Show from last month was rescheduled for tonite due to bad weather.
Blending sexy, emotional spoken word with jazz keys & standup bass, “Summer’s Day” by Lee Morr & BenOaks is a powerful song that is 5 years in the making.
Lee Morr & BenOaks met when Benjamin first moved to Lancaster, PA from LA. They met regularly at a mutual friend’s house. Socializing & planning to collab “some day”. This summer Lancaster’s blossoming spoken word scene brought them together again. After a few weeks of meeting up at A Concrete Rose & Sir Dominique Jordan’s weekly spoken word open mic, they finally made plans to record at Benjamin’s new private studio – HighWise Multimedia.
In 2006 & 2007 BenOaks had a teeshirt brand & a hiphop backing band (just him on bass & a drummer named Shorty) named Bones Culture. They backed up Philly based underground hiphop artists like The Knomadz, Android Eddie, Godhead the General, T.H.E. (& many others) @ cyphers like Lyrically Fit @ The Trocedero & Medusa Lounge.
By 2008 BenOaks has posted on Craigslist in every major US city looking to collaborate with indie rappers & singers. After searching through thousands of submissions, Ben began to travel from city to city producing dozens of independent artists.
In 2010 BenOaks was back in his high school hometown of West Chester, PA. He collaborated with other musicians, instead of just vocalists, for the first time. Bringing in guitarists mudbelly & Nick the Black, songwriters John Ciccone, 4T & Kenzie, bass players YBF & willy & more. This became the semi-popular ‘The Full Effect’ & launch Bones Culture to an international level- receiving a lot of press & bringing attention to Ben’s production work. This led to BenOaks working with some major label signed artists.
After stints in NYC & LA producing new pop stars, BenOaks had grown tired of the music business. He even quit playing guitar, writing songs & making beats. He no longer even had a home studio. He moved to Lancaster, PA for remodel work. There he happened upon an open mic at a local coffee house. The Rabbit & Dragonfly. There he saw two young musicians – sing/songwriter Jefferson Ambrose & drummer Clayton Stief. They inspired him to start writing & going to open mics again. Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a very creative little city. The town has an active recovery community & an active art & music scene. Ben quit drinking on Christmas in 2017. He bought a new guitar “Jolene” shortly after & even restarted making beats.
When COVID hit in 2020 the first thing BenOaks did was buy an M-Audio recording interface & an Alesis USB controller & began collaborating with lyricists & musicians again. Bones Culture was reborn! It was a very successful year! After being a hermit & having poor mental health in 2021, BenOaks is back at it in 2022 & is looking at a very productive 2023. Hopefully planning a small tour & opening a new community studio focused on the underserved communities- especially the unhoused.
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