Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Singer-songwriter Benjamin Franklin's songs go from poppy, catchy innocence to tongue-in-cheek rude to reflective in the blink of an eye. And yet they're all clearly Benjamin Franklin... and unforgettable.

Biography

Tatsuya Ishii, D.A.I.-san, Momoko Suzuki - in the world's 2nd-biggest market for recorded music, these names are equivalent to the likes of Sting, Aerosmith, George Michael, and Madonna in the U.S. and Europe.

And Benjamin Franklin has had the pleasure of working with all of them. Performing live on stage, and appearing on radio shows, songwriting and producing music with these stars is slowly but surely exposing Benjamin Franklin and his talent to a wide range of Japanese listeners.

A communicator as much as a performer, he finds himself at home in Japan and with the Japanese language. He has his own radio show in Tokyo (bennet.jp), and is appearing on Ishii's prime time show on Tokyo FM every week. (http://www.tfm.co.jp/ma/index.html - - > "SPECIAL EDITION")

And now, he has just released an album - to much acclaim from the people who he has worked with, and from the Japanese public. "Gimme Wings" - produced and released independently by Benjamin Franklin, Masa Fukui & Tetsuya Heike.

His influences include a wide range of artists & songwriters, from Jack Johnson to Sting to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, James Blunt, Sean Garrett, Tracy Chapman, & the Black Eyed Peas - right across the board.

That adds to the cross-culture feel of the tracks on the album - from gregarious to melancholy, tongue-in-cheek rude to sweet romantic, pick your flavor.

Hasn't this hot property grabbed the attention of the majors? Well it has, but Ben Franklin & Co. have also been looking to America and Europe, and with a whole new range of worldwide opportunities developing with alternative media, indies, branding, and various commercial deals ("Gimme Wings" on a MINI Cooper travel video & a new track, "Till the Dawn", set to be on a CNN commercial) - why tie yourself down?

This sense of independence, of freedom, of fresh vitality shines through in the music.

On stage in Tokyo weekly, at venues ranging from The Rock Factory to Tokyo Tower, from malls to restaurants to MTV's cafe studio, live and on the radio, Benjamin Franklin is creating a buzz.

And always mindful of the business side of things, Benjamin Franklin is actively pursuing commercial/ branding/ sponsorship deals - and maybe a label, if the right offer comes along.

Benjamin Franklin grew up in Germany and the U.S., the son of a German mother and an American father. He has also lived in England and Central America, and now in Japan.

Lyrics

Gimme Wings

Written By: Benjamin Franklin

Gimme wheels and I will ride
Gimme a custom 4WD
Gimme wings and I will fly away

Offroad at every chance
the rugged, rough terrain is my best friend
Free by design

Takin' the road less traveled
The path less beaten
And every choice I make
Is truly mine

Gimme wheels and I will ride
Gimme a custom 4WD
Gimme wings and I will fly away
(repeat)

Don't ask me where I'll be tomorrow
I'm not sure I even know
About tonight

The wind in my hair
The sun in my eyes
The way you're lookin' at me now
Might change my mind

Gimme wheels and I will ride
Gimme a custom 4WD
Gimme wings and I will fly away
(repeat)

Gimme a desert to cross
A mountain to climb
And a cold night to endure
Gimme the blood sweat & tears
The salt of the earth
And a mission hard and pure

Gimme wings and I will fly away
Gimme wings and I will fly....
away

(ad lib)

Gimme wheels and I will ride
Gimme a custom 4WD
Gimme wings and I will fly away

Sunday Afternoon

Written By: Benjamin Franklin

it's from the time that i wake up
next to her
take in the soft beauty of her sleepin face
her sleepy smile, her eyes still shut
off in never-never-land
& kissin her soft, soft lips

lazy, happy nothin to do just hangin
on a sunday afternoon
just bein with you
crazy-happy in luv with u,
just hanging
on a sunday afternoon
just me & u...

Your Life

Written By: Benjamin Franklin

takin a coffee break at 6am
been talkin all night long with my best friend
we sit in silence as the sun comes up

up all night, i'm sure we look like hell,
but the beauty of the mornin's got us under a spell
and when it's in your face, can't you tell
u're doin alright

watchin the sun shine in
fillin the room with light
watchin a new day begin
and for the rest of your life
catchin the mornin breeze
has got you to realise
that every new day's the first day of the rest of your life

don't know what's got into us but, me & her
we used to be just friends but this time somethin stirred
we kiss in silence as the sun comes up...

Where The Flavor Is

Written By: Benjamin Franklin

It's so easy to get lost
In this fine fine world
Of hope & promises
And shiny things & sycophants
It's hard to remember
What's real

But I know that
This is where the flavor is
& ours the lives that fate has kissed
This is where the flavor holds you
In its spell

This is where the flavor is
& ours the lives that fate has kissed
This is where the flavor holds you
In its spell

It's so easy to forget
In this fine, fine world
Of dreams & TV screens
& sexy things & slot machines
& I don't remember
What's real

But I know that
This is where the flavor is
& ours the lives that fate has kissed
This is where the flavor holds you
In its spell

This is where the flavor is
& ours the lives that fate has kissed
This is where the flavor holds you
In its spell

Clear As Daylight

Written By: Benjamin Franklin

Livin' my Life
With you by my side
And now it's as clear as daylight
Don't need nobody else

Livin' my Life
With you by my side
And now it's as clear as daylight
Don't need nobody else

(bridge:)
She knows the stuff I'm made of
Like a diamond in the rough
I hardly ever sparkle and I
Don't ever really shine
But when I do
(when I do)
But when I do
(when I do)
But when I do
(when I do)
Sometimes I shine...

Show Me The Way To You

Written By: Benjamin Franklin

You can save all the world
& still lose everything
If you can't save yourself
I can save you if you let me try

Show me the way to you
I love you the way you are
Would not leave you for the world
Girl I'd go mad - CRAZY

You can save all the world
& still lose everything
If you can't save yourself
I can save you if you let me try

You can live everday like a dream come true
& still not know yourself
I know what three wishes you could make
To find some true happiness

Show me the way to you
I love you the way you are
Would not leave you for the world
Girl I'd go mad - CRAZY

Show me the way to you
I love you the way you are
Would not leave you for the world
Girl I'd go mad - CRAZY

Wherever you go
Wherever you are
Girl I will find you
I'll be there to take you home
To take you home
To take you home

Show me the way to you
I love you the way you are
Would not leave you for the world
Girl I'd go mad - CRAZY

Show me the way to you
I love you the way you are
Would not leave you for the world
Girl I'd go mad - CRAZY

Discography

Album "Gimme Wings" released June 17th 2006

available at http://style-jam.co.jp/ja/shop/

and http://www.cdbaby.com/benjaminfranklin

Set List

SONGS FROM THE ALBUM "GIMME WINGS":

Gimme Wings
Clear As Daylight
Your Life
Where The Flavor Is
Sunday Afternoon
Spring
All Out
Show Me The Way
Somebody Who
First Time

NEW SONGS:

Attitude
Sea Breeze
... and more coming up

COVERS:

Jack Johnson
Eric Clapton
James Taylor
Cat Stevens
Chilli Peppers
Sting
John Lennon
Billy Joel
etc