Ben Lee Finds His Feminine Side

 

 

New album due Feb. 10.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

Ben Lee’s announced his next album for New West Records, due
Feb. 10 and titled The Rebirth of Venus
dedicated, quite logically, to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty.  As
Lee put matters in a statement, he wants to celebrate feminine qualities “such
as compassion, nurturing, creativity, spontaneity, intuition, playfulness,
tenderness and warmth…are qualities that we all, men and women, need to
cultivate.” 

 

Produced by Brad Wood, who also produced Awake Is The New
Sleep
, critically acclaimed debut Grandpaw Would and sophomore album
Something To Remember Me By, the album will be for a good metaphysical
AND physical cause:  A portion of proceeds from albums sold will be
donated to FINCA’s Village Banking program.  (FINCA offers financial
services to low-income women entrepreneurs.  This creates jobs, builds
assets and generally improves the standard of living in these destitute
communities. )

 

The album’s cover re-creates Botticelli’s Birth of Venus,
but with a rock and roll twist.  Ben is featured in the clamshell with
fiancé Ione Skye and band mates as angels above him.  Other musicians who
appear on the album include Missy Higgins, Cary Brothers, Patience Hodgson of
The Grates, Nic Johns, John Alagia (producer of Ripe) and longtime
collaborators and musicians Lara Meyerratken and Nic Johns. 

 

 

The backstory:

 

 

Lee has been living as
a working musician for over half of his lifetime.  Beginning at the age of
14, he has stayed grounded and spiritually focused.  Aside from the honor
of winning four ARIA Awards (Australia’s
equivalent to the Grammy), Ben has started to make regular appearances with
various symphony orchestras throughout Australia.  Following the
first set of sold out symphony performances with the Western Australian
Symphony Orchestra, Ben will play with the Queensland Orchestra in Brisbane
featuring hits such as “Catch My Disease,” “Cigarettes Will Kill You,” “We’re
All In This Together,” and more.  He also wrote and produced the original
soundtrack to the film “The Square,” which is nominated for Best Soundtrack at
the 2008 AFI Awards (Australian Equivalent to the Academy Awards).

 

Ben’s songs have been
used in over 30 film, TV and commercial syncs off his last two albums.  In
the last year he’s had syncs on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill,” and Kohl’s
Department Stores in the US
and Coca Cola internationally.  His music was also recently used in the
trailer for “He’s Just Not That Into You,” starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer
Anniston, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson.  Awake is the New Sleep (Ben’s first release for New West
Records) garnered rave reviews, career-high worldwide sales, and a hit in the
track “Catch My Disease.”  The album went Double Platinum in Australia,
where the single went on to become the first ever independently released #1
radio song in Australian history and went Top 10 in Canada, Spain and the
Benelux, and Top 20 in the US. 

 

 

Track Listing:

 

 

1. What’s So Bad (About Feeling Good)

2. Surrender

3. Sing

4. I Love Pop Music

5. Rise Up

6. Yoko Ono

7. Boy With A Barbie

8. Bad Poetry

9. Blue Denim

10. Wake Up To America

11. I’m A Woman Too

12. Families Cheating At Board Games

13. Song For The Divine Mother of the Universe

 

 

 

 

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