Benny Cruz
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Benny Cruz

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The best kept secret in music


"Detroit Free Press"

"Motor City Journal: Ethnic, World Music Rips at Detroit Event - It was early Sunday morning at the Majestic Theater on Woodward Avenue, and lots of people were strutting, clapping and smiling to a hypnotically danceable song by Benny Cruz. The music was smoking . . . all night at the Majestic." - Bill McGraw

"Detroit Free Press"

"Not surprisingly, Eminem, Kid Rock, the White Stripes and the Funk Brothers top the list of national nominees for the 2003 Detroit Music Awards set for April 11 at the State Theatre in Detroit. But it's the . . . locals that are shaking up the ballot this year. Acts scoring multiple nominations include Benny Cruz (five in world music)." - Rachel May


"With 'Un Encuentro', Mark David Gottlieb [and Benny Cruz] created a very personal work consisting of music and words, songs and narration, which . . . mean a universe of experience and feelings. It really represents an encounter with life, and, using simple words, seems to tell the audience everything about human existence, childhood, love, death . . . and generates hope . . . 'Un Encuentro' deserves worldwide attention . . ." - Arthur H. Maute

"City of Farmington Hills"

" . . . thank you [Benny Cruz] for the wonderful concert at Art on the Grand. You added so much to the evening - excitement, great music and a terrific connection with the audience that truly made it a fun and wonderful night! . . . performance was top-notch. - Nancy Coumoundouros

"Michigan Hispanic Caucus"

"On behalf of the Michigan Hispanic Caucus, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you [Benny Cruz] on being the recipient of the 2004 Hispanic Lifetime Achievement Award. You have displayed exemplary leadership and have given selflessly toward the betterment of the Hispanic community. I thank you on behalf of the people who have benefitted from your time, talent, and committed service to the community." - Margarita Valdez


Vivir Sin Tu Amor (2002)
Que Siga La Fiesta (1997)
Canciones de Recuerdo (1996)
Fiesta Y Pachanga (1995)
Mi Negra-ra (1992)

Benny Cruz also appears on:
Un Encuentro (1999)

W. Kelly Milionis
Shoestring Entertainment Corporation
2612 Chapel Drive East
Saginaw, MI 48603
989-249-7625 (fax)


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Emerging Latino singer, songwriter, arranger, producer Benny Cruz is gaining global recognition, having experienced tremendous regional success in the northern and Midwestern United States as a solo artist and as the director of his award winning band 'Benny Cruz y la Buena Vida'. Benny has earned praise as the 'Ambassador of Latin Music' from fans and peers alike. His ability to uniquely blend many forms of music: rock, alternative, pop, salsa, merengue, cumbia, banda, cha-cha, mambo, jazz and heartfelt ballads which tug at human emotion combine to provide a breathtaking, awe-inspiring and highly charged live performance. His uncanny ability to emote; to touch his fans - the masses with his live performance and music is a testament to the remarkable relationship with fans of all ages.

Benny Cruz has opened for Tito Puente, Texas Tornadoes, Ricky Smith y la Movida, La Sombra and performed together with John Tesh. He has appeared on television, radio, MTV and on the stages of Detroit's Fox Theatre, State Theatre, Pontiac Silverdome, Tiger Stadium, Comerica Park, Cobo Hall, Hart Plaza, Chene Park, Majestic Theater, Masonic Temple, Cranbrook Theater, Meadowbrook Theater, Renaissance Center, Phoenix Center, Motor City Casino, Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats Festival, Latino World Festival, Puerto Rican Festival, Fiesta Mexicana Festival, Festival Latino, Mexicantown Festival, Unity in the Community Festival, La Raza 25th National Convention and the Detroit Institute of Arts just to name a few.

- 'Best Vocalist-World Music'
Detroit Music Awards 2005
- '2004 Hispanic Lifetime Achievement Award'
Michigan Hispanic Caucus
- 'Best Vocalist-World Music'
Detroit Music Awards 2003
- 'Arts & Entertainment Award'
Instituto Cultural Latino Americano 1998
- 'Best Salsa/Tropical Band'
Midwest Tejano Music Award 1996
- 'Best Salsa/Tropical Band'
Midwest Tejano Music Award 1995
- 'Best Salsa/Tropical Band'
Midwest Tejano Music Award 1994
- 'Best Tropical Song: Mi Negra-ra'
Tri-State Music Award 1994
- Spirit of Detroit Award 1993
- 'Best Tropical Song: La Gasolina'
Tri-State Music Award 1992