Artist, songwriter, and producer Benny Sings releases a deluxe version of his most sought-after and classic album ART (2011), celebrating 10 years of ‘ART’. Time to put a spotlight on the record again which for Benny was his breakthrough. ART included the evergreen song ‘Big Brown Eyes’ and the Frank Ocean loved ‘All We Do For Love’
Benny Sings looking back on the writing of ART and Big Brown Eyes:
“2008: I had one main idea: If I just write as many songs as I could, it would be a matter of time before I would write the perfect song. No ‘riding the wave of inspiration’ for me. Just putting hours in. And so I got to work. I wrote 3 songs a day, for months on end. And the perfect song did not come along. It felt nightmarish at moments. My relationship just ended, and those days of solitude, filled with constant seemingly senseless repetition were getting to me.
Until one day, same doubts, same lack of inspiration, I did the thing I did every day: Joylessly punched in some chords, got my book with keywords and phrases out, and began murmuring: Pleaase help me out… The word ‘disappear’ was in my book, the chorus was about to come in and I sang: ‘did it just disappear, just a minute ago it was here…’ and it felt like the sky opened. This was A SONG. Everything, all the lyrics and meaning of the song were clear in that moment. It was such an emotional moment for me, it was hard to record without crying. So I recorded the lyrics in 10 minutes, and put the song on repeat, and cried for the rest of the day. Maybe because of the breakup, but more because my goal was reached: I wrote an actual song with meaning and emotion. Something I hadn’t done like this before. I cracked the code. Big Brown Eyes has been my top streaming song to date. And it just works as an all-round piece. Big Brown Eyes, is what this album is about for me.”
This summer & fall Benny Sings will play shows in the US, Japan & Mexico. Tickets are on sale now.
August 4 – The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles
August 5 – Petco Park, San Diego
August 6 – Outside Lands Music Festival, San Francisco
September 5 – Billboard Club Live, Tokyo
September 7 – Billboard Club Live, Yokohama
November 19 – Corona Capital, Mexico City