Ben Kunder

Ben Kunder

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkRoots

Songwriter, Singer, Handman. With a voice that truly fills your heart and keeps you warm, Ben Kunder has written songs that everyone can relate to. His powerful voice is a driving force in his music, guiding his songs by creating impressive and tactful melodies and dynamics.

Biography

Part carpenter; Part actor; Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Kunder has spent years honing his craft to become a full time musician. On May 26, 2015, Ben ventured closer to making this a reality with the release of his DEBUT solo LP, Golden. With a voice that truly fills your heart and keeps you warm, Ben writes songs that everyone can relate to. His powerful voice is a driving force in his music, guiding his songs by creating impressive and tactful melodies and dynamics.
Exclaim! declared, “Kunder's extra special voice, along with gorgeous production, lends the record an almost velvety quality.” While NewCanadianMusic said the album: “features strong and warm vocals, nicely-crafted folk-rock songs, and top-notch production and playing,” and the Toronto Star had this to say about Ben - “he’s got the kind of mellow sincerity in his voice to take it beyond generic country-pop."
No stranger to the Canadian music community, Ben has been writing and producing his music independently for over 7 years. Through a chance meeting with John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle), the pair hunkered down at John’s Lincoln County Social Club studio to co-produce Golden. The album features 9 stunning original songs by Ben, including the first single and title track, Golden. Ben (guitar, vox, and piano) is joined by a group of Canada's finest musicians for the studio recording, featuring Brian Murphy (Alvvays) on guitar/piano/Wurlitzer, Rich Knox (Dustin Bentall, Danko Jones) on drums/vox, Anna Ruddick (Ladies of the Canyon) on bass/vox, and Aaron Goldstein (Cowboy Junkies, Daniel Romano) on pedal steel. Also John Connolly lends his voice, along with Kirty, Maia Davies (Ladies of the Canyon) and Jasmine Bleile (Ladies of the Canyon) for select tracks.  Ben has lived all across the beautiful country of Canada, from his solar powered cabin on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he spent his days chopping wood and chasing deer from the garden, to Charlottetown, PEI, working at the Confederation Centre for the Arts. Now, Benis back to where he started his journey in his hometown of Toronto. Golden is an album that pushed Ben to new levels, and will surely see him reach new heights in his career. Ben will continue to tour and write music throughout 2016.

Lyrics

Golden

Written By: Ben Kunder

When you were golden,
You could never do no wrong,
You could never do no harm,
When you were golden,
Now you're just holding on,

When you were golden,
All you were was bags and bones,
Not a nickel to your name,
When you were golden,
Now you're just holding on,

Where did you go darling of mine,
I've been waiting for you for such a long time,

When you were my love,
You'd hang off my every word,
I was your little song bird,
When you were my love,
You were a fine love so fine,

When you were my love,
I got rid of my single bed,
And settled for a queen instead,
When you were my love,
You were a fine love so fine,

Where did you go darling of mine,
I've been waiting for you for such a long time.

Don't Dance

Written By: Ben Kunder

Don't dance,
Unless your going to dance with me,
Put your feet on mine I'll float you across the dance floor,
Don't dance,
Unless you're going to dance with me,
I can lead you round,
I know I'm not the pretty,

More and more I wonder how I got here,
Something must have drawn me to you,
I see you at the bar you're looking hungry,
For a taste of something new,

I spy your glass it's looking empty,
Don't you got a man standing by,
I could be the one to fill your cup up,
But you're so pretty I can't blink an eye,

Don't dance,
Unless you're going to dance with me,
Put your feet on mine I'll float you across the dance floor,
Don't dance,
Unless you're going to dance with me,
I can lead you round,
I know I'm not that pretty,

Drinking in my strength to take you on,
And feeling more and more like a Don Juan,
I never thought that you would look my way,
Now you're standing before me I don't know what to say,

Palms are sweating bullets down my back,
The only thing that's steady is my gaze,
And all that's keeping me from tumbling over,
Is this empty glass and the hopes that the band plays,
Plays on.