New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Rising singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin
has unveiled a personal new song "Death of a Hero," available now at all DSPs (Listen HERE). On one of his most intimate releases to date, Alec sings, "That night I put my youth in a casket and buried it inside of me...and now I'm a witness to the death of a hero."
"'Death of a Hero' is a story about one of my childhood heroes and how they let me down. It's about the moment I realized that I wasn't a kid anymore." - Alec Benjamin
Last week, Alec performed his first-ever headline show to a sold-out audience who sang along to every word at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY. Tonight, he'll bring his captivating live performance to a sold-out crowd at The Echo in Los Angeles. Last, month, Alec performed to his biggest audiences to date, opening as a special guest for popstar Camila
Cabello in Atlantic City, NJ on July 30th and Uncasville, CT on July 31st. Shortly after, the burgeoning live performer announced a North American headline tour on sale now at alecbenjamin.com/tour. The dates, which include already sold-out stops at NYC's Mercury Lounge on November 16th and LA's Roxy Theatre on December 7th, get underway November 8th in Dallas, TX and continue through December 8th in Phoenix, AZ (full itinerary below).
"Death of a Hero" follows the release of "If We Have Each Other" which pulls at heartstrings, taking listeners on an extremely personal and emotional journey through three different relationships all with the common theme of unconditional love and support. A teenage mother and her son just barely getting by, a 90 year-old couple living their last years together and lastly a brother (Alec) and his relentless love for his sister. Listen: HERE.
Benjamin's previous emotionally-stirring releases include the anthem for the underdogs, "The Boy In The Bubble" and chart-climbing single "Let Me Down Slowly." The lyric video for "The Boy In The Bubble," which Idolator called "the perfect mix of introspection and pop," has gone on to amass over 2.5 million views since release - watch HERE. "Let Me Down Slowly" hit Spotify's Top 10 Global & US Viral charts and accumulated over two million global streams in its first week with Blackbook giving both the song and Alec himself high praise, writing "a stunningly visceral new single, "Let Me Down Slowly," strikingly exhibits both his youthful but compelling vocal delivery, and his gift for lyrical complexity." Watch the video for "Let Me Down Slowly," which has garnered over 3.5 million views, on Benjamin's official YouTube page HERE.
ALEC BENJAMIN NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR - FALL 2018
11/8 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
11/10 - Houston, TX - HOB Bronze Peacock *SOLD OUT*
11/13 - Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5 *SOLD OUT*
11/15 - Washington, DC - DC9 *SOLD OUT*
11/16 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *SOLD OUT*
11/17 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *SOLD OUT*
11/18 - Boston, MA - Sonia's *SOLD OUT*
11/20 - Toronto, ON - Velvet
11/23 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *SOLD OUT*
11/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Garage
11/27 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
11/28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *SOLD OUT*
11/30 - Portland, OR - Holocene
12/2 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Back Room
12/6 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop (Popscene)
12/7 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy *SOLD OUT*
12/8 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar *SOLD OUT*
simply refers to himself as a "narrator." Inspired by Eminem, Paul Simon, and Citizen Cope, the Phoenix-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter fashioned a cinematic, lo-fi sound that stirred up a buzz online right out of the gate, landing him a major label deal by the age of 18. A day after he turned in his first album, he was dropped by the label he thought would take his artist project to the moon. However, it was going to take a lot more to stop him. Alec immediately hit the road for a self-booked European tour in May 2016. He performed "parking lot shows" for fans outside of Shawn Mendes
and Troye Sivan
concerts, handing out business cards to leave a tangible keepsake for those listening and building his brand from the ground up.
Shortly after the tour, he jumped in the studio with Jon Bellion
and ended up earning a co-write on the pop star's debut album, "New York Soul (Part II). This session would also open the door for Alec to join Bellion on tour directly after. With an insatiable urge to rise to the top, the tenacious prodigy found himself back performing in parking when he wasn't on-stage opening for Bellion. Knowing that some of those fans would search for him after the performances, Alec made it his mission to consistently uploaded one new song every two weeks to his YouTube channel and build a catalog his fans could listen to. Within the span of six months, he logged over 165 shows and amassed 150K YouTube subscribers simply through perseverance and a D.I.Y. attitude. Alec managed to hit even bigger strides in 2017 when his viral hit "I Built A Friend" ignited online, clocking nearly four million Spotify streams in under a year and earning airplay for millions of Americans on the national TV show, America's Got Talent. While his story is certainly one of a kind, Alec's narrative is only just beginning.