Benhur K

Benhur K

 Fredonia, Wisconsin, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

BENHUR bridged the sound of radio-friendly pop, rock and indie with music that's full of energy and variety.

Biography

Benhur was born and raised in northeast India. After watching his older brother play guitar, he took an interest in guitar at the age of eight. Benhur began practicing with the guitar from his church. He would pick it up on his way home from school and practice into the evening. Then he would drop it off the next morning on his way back to school. Benhur did chores for his mom as a way of earning his first guitar which cost about $10.

For the first few years Benhur saw the guitar as a hobby but by the time he was 12 he started taking it seriously. From then on he lived and breathed guitar, practicing up to 16 hours a day. When he couldn’t get out of going to school, he developed a small fret board which he could take with him and use to practice silently during classes.

Benhur did not consider himself gifted musically but he had a passion to succeed. In his younger days he claims to have been the worst guitarist and singer. At church he was told to just mouth the words rather than sing with the other children. That drove him to also practice singing for hours on end.

At age 14, Benhur’s older brother gave him his first chance in a recording studio. His first session didn’t go so well, he needed more practice. He later joined his brother’s band, Oaths, and came to be known as “Lightning” due to his speed and ability. Then Benhur started his own band called COP and played many concerts in the Northeast. COP had a record deal with an American label in the works but due to problems with their manager, it didn’t work out. In his 20s, Benhur moved to Bangalore and started another band called Three Clay Men.

Benhur started out playing covers from Metallica, Nirvana, Mr. Big, and other metal bands but soon began composing his own songs. He was known for Thrash and Death Metal in the Northeast but in southern India he was also known as a country singer. His variety of musical styles only expanded from there. In 2004, Benhur left India for Chile, South America. There he again formed a band using his own name Benhur K. In South America he played mainly progressive music with a funk influence gained from his band members.

In Chile, Benhur met the woman who a few months later became his wife and lyricist. They had a daughter in Chile before moving to the States in 2009. While in Chile, Benhur produced a compilation album called INLA, composed many songs, began studying sound engineering online from Abbey Road Studios, and started a recording studio in which he recorded his first album Típico which he went on to release after arriving in the U.S.

Típico a mainly funk hard-core, Spanish-language album met with little success, so Benhur decided to soften his style with his second album Musings. When not composing or recording his own music, Benhur works on remix competitions. His remix of Tommy Lee’s “Good Times” received the highest number of votes. When Ollie of Autozamm commented on Benhur’s remix of “Want It Need It” he said, “It was just amazing. It was one of those moments where I just thought, ‘Why didn’t we record it like that? Why didn’t we write it like that? It’s just a super grooving guitar riff…’”

Benhur’s plans for 2010 include a solo instrumental album, an album with the band Falling Birch, a Christmas album and more remixes.

Lyrics

Go around the World

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

The earth is round they say
Well, I’ve never been to outer space
But my mind can travel the universe
Go around the world, round and round
Nothing can stop my mind
From going place to place
No one can ever see the mind
Only God knows that secret space

Oh-oh-oh-oh, go-go-go
Go around the world
Nothing can stop you
Nothing can break your heart
Nothing’s hindering you;
Time and money don’t play a part
There are no complications;
You need no reservations
Every direction is open to you
So go on and choose, go on and choose
East, West, North and South
Up, down, right, left, in and out

La-la-la-la-la-la-la
Up above in the sky
You don’t need to be shy
Far down below
No one will ever know
So, go, go, go and you’ll be free
You’ve got so much to see
Go, go, go and be all you can be

© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Hey You

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Hey you

We can talk about different colors, different races
We can talk about different countries, different cultures, different places
Or we can love, love from the heart
Separated we can’t win
But together we can conquer
Take my hand I’m offering it to you.
We are the same we don’t have to be separated
We all breathe the same air
Let’s struggle together
Let’s survive victory is on our side
If we don’t come together all will be lost
If we don’t come together all will fall apart
Let’s stop fighting
Let’s stop comparing
Hey you, hey you
You are my brother, my sister
We are family

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Hey you, you are my friend
Hey you
Here is my hand, come on, take it

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Jobless

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Living in this economic downturn
Where's all the money I used to earn?
A raise is not even a concern
How could the future take such a u-turn?

Now I'm going back to school
Gonna have to join a carpool
Hope the kids think I'm cool
I don't wanna look like a fool

Such a long process, so much stress
Searching without success, making no progress;
I'm helpless; my life is a mess
I confess: I am jobless
I confess: I am jobless

My cable got cut; now what?
I'm gonna miss the White Collar pilot
Guess I'll go out and walk my mutt
And maybe get rid of this gut

I've got so many creditors
Maybe I'll try cash for clunkers
Get rid of my old gas-guzzler
Trade it for a new mini cooper

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I find myself spending all my days
Looking for something that pays
I have to list my stuff on ebay
There goes my brand new blue ray

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Let Love

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Let love be like this
Let love be like this

Ask your heart if it's honest
Do you want for her the best?
Your love is all about you
But that kind of love isn't true

Look at how you live
Do you ever consider what you can give?
Have you been faithful?
Is your love conditional?

Is forever what you really meant?
Keep your commitment
And never relent

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Real love doesn't end
Do you have something to mend?
Come on man
This is your chance
To fix your romance

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Home Sweet Home

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

La-la-la-la-la

I’ve moved from place to place
So, it’s more than physical space
Safe from the world outside
I can come in and hide
It’s so cozy by your side
And when your arms open wide
I know I’m where I belong
And nothing can go wrong

Home sweet home
Is where I wanna be forever
Home sweet home
Is wherever we’re together

La-la-la-la-la

When things start falling apart
When problems weigh on my heart
The rain won’t stop pouring
The wind keeps on roaring
My boss is on the attack
He won’t get off of my back
I can take it all knowing
That I’ll soon be going

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Anchored Fast

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

There’s a storm building
The wind’s picking up
The water’s getting rough
Riding it out might be tough
Waves are coming over the rail
I need to find a pail
Got a lot of water to bail
So this ship can sail

Didn’t give it enough thought
When we tied the knot
But I gave my pledge
On this maiden voyage

I am anchored fast
Anchored fast
I am anchored fast
Anchored fast
So, this is gonna last

The sun will come out again
The water will be calm then
Nothing like the tranquility
Of being out at sea
There’ll be sails to mend
And damage to attend
To prepare for the next squall
I’m just hoping it’ll be small

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Little Feet

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

How happy we were to see
That precious shape, so tiny
While you were in the womb
Our thoughts you began to consume

Then when your first move we felt
Our hearts began to melt
Often you were rambunctious
But that made us more anxious

Those little feet, oh so sweet
Those little hands, I can’t withstand
The priceless smile of my child
Is all I could’ve hoped for and more

When we met you face to face
We thanked God for his grace
We held you in our arms
Tried to shield you from all harm

Our hearts swelled so much
When your hand reached out to touch
We‘ve lost hours of sleep
While watch over you we keep

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When I hear those little feet
When those little lips kiss my cheek
Sometimes I’m unable to speak

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Sleep My Baby

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Sleep my baby, sleep
It’s time for you to sleep
Sleep, it’s time for you to sleep
It’s time for you to sleep

The sun has hidden its face
Now, my little one, slow your pace
The birds are quiet in their nests
You, my baby, need your rest

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Tomorrow will soon be here
Don’t worry, there’s nothing to fear
Come Little One, close your eyes
I’m right here, by your side

Go on dream
Dance in the sky way up high
Count the shimmering stars
And wave from afar
Slide down the Milky Way
But don’t stay
Find the man in the moon
Baby, sleep soon

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Smile

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

One day I was walking with a long face
Didn’t know what to do with my disgrace
An old fellow on the corner called to me
He wanted to know how bad it could be
I told him how my world was ending
How I couldn’t keep on pretending
This fellow listened quietly with compassion
Then he looked into my eyes and said, “Son,…

Come on and smile
Won’t you just smile
Come on and smile
Won’t you just smile”

“Look around you my friend and see
The sky is still blue and the sun shines brightly
The flowers are blooming and full of bees
The birds are singing in the trees
Summer will come and so will fall
Winter will stay for awhile but that’s not all
Spring will come again, my friend.”
With a smile on his face he said, “It’s not the end!”

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“In this life, Son, problems come and go
You can’t escape them, you know. So,…

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

I Can Feel It Now

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

I can feel it now
I can see it now
If I close my eyes, I can be there now

It was so much better when
I was a boy of ten
Running round the neighborhood
I’d go back if I could
Playing ball in the park
Staying out till dark

Riding bike
Building forts
Climbing trees
Playing pranks
Teasing girls
Forgetting my homework
Traipsing in the snow
Sledding down the hill
Skating on the pond

What happened to that time? Where has it gone?

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My hardest job
Was not being a slob
My worst injury
Was skinning my knee
My biggest worry
Was missing Ninja Turtles on TV
My greatest responsibility
Was walking my new puppy

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

I Want You to Know

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

When I saw your eyes full of tears
Heard your voice trembling with fear
When on my shoulder you cried
You moved me deep inside

It must be hard for you
With all that you’ve been through
But don’t hide it within
Don’t try to pretend

I want you to know
I want you to see
I want you to feel
I want you to cry
I want you to laugh
I want you to smile

Open your heart to me
As hard as it might be
Share with me, so I can be there for you
Don’t worry, I’ll be true

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Glass of Water

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Go for that espresso, if you need caffeine
Hope you don’t shake, if you know what I mean
If you’re up late and you have to stay awake,
Mountain Dew is all that you need to take
But if you need some energy,
A Red Bull or two should be plenty
If in the game, you start to fade
Run and find your blue Gatorade
Got milk in all its varieties?
That’ll help avoid all those cavities
Looking for happiness? Open coke
It’ll remove rust and grime, no joke

Smoothie, slushy, slurpy, shake
Many flavors real and fake
Mixed cocktails and mixed mocktails
Mocha cappuccino, frothy frappuccino
Regular, iced, Decaf, spiced
Aquafina, Nestle, Evian, Dasani
Black, white, red, green, and herbal
Hundred percent natural

© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Somebody Said

Written By: Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Somebody said, “You don’t have anything.”
Somebody said, “You are out of your mind.”
Somebody said, “You are crazy.”
Somebody said…

But I don’t care ‘cause I’m gonna play my guitar
But I don’t care ‘cause I know what I’m doing
But I don’t care ‘cause I’m crazy with my guitar
But I don’t care ‘cause my guitar speaks for me

I know, I know it’s for sure
And I know, I know it will be alright
Just me and my guitar
Yeah, I don’t care

Somebody said, “It’s not gonna work.”
Somebody said, “It’s not enough to live on.”
Somebody said, “It’s never gonna happen.”
Somebody said…

But I don’t care ‘cause I’m never gonna give up
But I don’t care I’ll be fine, don’t you worry
But I don’t care ‘cause it’s in my blood
But I don’t care ‘cause that’s the way it is

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© 2010 Benhur and Rachel Khamrang

Discography

LPs:
1. Tipico (Spanish language album)
2. Musings

Set List

Up to two sets of 10 songs each