Rhian Benson – New single ‘Be’ on June 13th
aaamusic | On 15, Apr 2011
Rhian Benson is pleased to announce the release of her new single ‘Be’ on June 13th. The stunning new song features Jonas Rendbo and is taken from Rhian’s current album ‘Hands Clean’.
The influence of classic soul and jazz greats of yesteryear comes to mind when you hear British/Ghanaian Rhian Benson sing. Her songs are effortless, elegant and timeless in a way that is rare in this era of artists.
“It’s a very important song to me. It’s about being true to yourself and being able to find the inner you in the crazy world we live in,” Rhian says of the song. The theme of the song is also reflected in the video. “It’s a really exciting video, very epic, one of the most exciting videos I have done,” she adds.
With the help of Danish rising star production duo, Daniel Fridell and Jonas Rendbo, Rhian has diligently and lovingly cooked up the ingredients for her new album title ‘Hands Clean’, which was released in February. The exciting new sound she drapes her voice across is a stark and soulful collection of pulsating electronic grooves; a hidden ground where Sade meets DJ Shadow. The MOBO Award winning artist’s sophomore album –‘Hands Clean’– represents a strong evolution of her unique style and ventures into fresh and bold sonic terrain for the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter.
The gifted songstress, musician and writer co-produced her debut album, ‘Gold Coast’, in 2003 with Grammy Award-winning producers Bob Power (Chaka Khan, A Tribe Called Quest) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo). Rhian’s self-penned debut single ‘Say How I Feel’ was a Top 10 R&B hit in the US and Top 30 in the UK national charts. The video for the single featuring the model Tyson Beckford and an iconic looking Rhian instantly became MTV Base’s #1 Most Played video. The BR Gunna remix of ‘Say How I Feel’ went on to become an underground hip hop classic and saw Rhian collaborate with hip hop legends Slum Village.
Rhian has recently been the focus of a CNN documentary looking at her music heritage. The singer also features in a World Bank report on Young Africans Talk Development’ series, where she emphasises the importance of helping young entrepreneurs.
‘Be’ has been remixed by Goldilocks, Sioux City Boys Club and Sona Vabos from indie label Southern Fried Records, which has previously worked with will.i.am, Dizzee Rascal, Kelis and Benny Benassi. The track was also recently featured in the The Right Track: Tunes to TargetCancer compilation and the 2010 Miami ADCOLOUR awards compilation.
‘Be’ featuring Jonas is available to download now from iTunes: http://bit.ly/fPacy4