Benton Blount

Benton Blount

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Benton Blount is one of Country Music's best new artists. Benton brings with him a fresh new sound of Country mixed with just enough Rock to create Country Crunk!

Biography

BENTON BLOUNT
Benton Blount knows to trust his instincts. Repeatedly through his career, he’s moved forward by walking through an open door, even if making that step defied logic at the time.
“I’ve had to stop wondering why all my dreams seem to keep coming true and moving me forward,” Blount says. “I’ve learned to trust that singing and writing songs is what I’m supposed to do, because every time I focus on my music, new opportunities suddenly present themselves.”
Blount cites fate, and his faith, in guiding him along his path. But those who’ve heard his vividly passionate songwriting and his strong, soulful voice know why doors keep opening for him. It comes down to one word: Talent.
“The first time I tried to sing, I found I had this unusual voice that people liked,” says the native of Valdese, a small town in the North Carolina mountains near the artistic hamlet of Asheville. “Then when I started songwriting, I realized I enjoyed figuring out how to express emotion through words and melodies. I’ve worked hard, you have to if you want to achieve anything good, but when I sing or write, it seems like this is what I was put here to do.”
Blount didn’t grow up dreaming of music as his career. A star football player, he at first focused more on sports and body strength than on developing any artistic talents. But he picked up a bass guitar in order to play in a church band, because it looked like they were having fun. When the youth director, without warning, put a microphone in front of him and told him to sing, Blount discovered he had a deep, expressive voice no one had realized was inside him.
With Blount as the lead vocalist, the band proved incredibly popular, and eventually it evolved into a thriving act with a popularity beyond Sunday services. One opportunity led to another, and before long the band had matured into a full-fledged recording group, 7-Miles, with Blount as lead singer and songwriter. The group earned a big following among Christian music fans and toured regionally.
But Blount eventually felt another tug on his talents. His intense focus on physical fitness led to his becoming a personal trainer, which in turn led to an introduction to a woman who would become his wife. Feeling his band had gone as far as it could in Carolina, Blount and his new bride decided to give Nashville a try.
“This always surprises people, but I didn’t move to Nashville wanting to be a country music songwriter or singer,” he said. “But when I got here, I realized my songwriting, and the way I like to tell positive stories about real people, fit naturally with what country music is doing today. I met other songwriters in town, and it inspired me to work more on my craft. And the songs matched up with where country music seems to be headed.”
Blount realized country music was where his songs fit best—and suddenly his move to Nashville seemed like another positive twist of fate. With this new direction in mind, Blount began writing with fervent energy, inspired by the possibilities of sharing his music with a new genre of fans.
Once again, every time he played his new songs, fresh opportunities presented themselves. In Nashville, Blount met accomplished guitarist Larry Chaney through a chance encounter. Blount sent Chaney some songs, and the veteran instrumentalist recognized immediately that Blount had a rare and distinctive voice, both as a writer and singer.
Chaney, longtime lead guitarist for million-selling artist Edwin McCain, forwarded the songs to McCain’s producer, Noel Golden. A veteran producer and engineer who has worked with Guns N’ Roses and Matchbox 20, among scores of other successful rock acts, Golden also heard how unique and special Blount’s talents were. He quickly signed him to his Golden Music record label.
As might be expected, Blount’s recordings, as produced by Golden, feature a rocking, soul-deep collection of contemporary country songs. Fittingly, Golden lined up an intriguing mix of country and rock musicians to back Blount.
As McCain’s producer, Golden knew that guitarist Chaney and drummer Dave Harrison could bring energy to contemporary country rock. The producer and the singer also added several country music veterans, including fiddle master Rob Hajacos, well-regarded steel guitarist Russ Pahl and versatile Nashville keyboardist John Deaderick.
The result is a one-of-a-kind sound that brings soulful passion to the cutting-edge of contemporary country music. Blount realizes he doesn’t sound like a stereotypical country singer, and with the carved muscles from his fitness work, he doesn’t look like a typical country artist either.
But country music in the 21st Century is moving in new directions, and accepting a wider range of sounds and influences. And everyone who hears Blount’s work puts him at the forefront of that new, progressive sound.
“I know people look at me, with my tattoos and body, and they don’t think I look like a country singer,” he says. “When I

Lyrics

You Walked In

Written By: Benton Blount

You walked in
(Benton Blount)

I thought I’d be the one who had no one until that night in June
Then before my eyes appeared an angel, when you walked into the room
I tried to speak but could not find that words
The beating of my heart, was all I ever heard
When you walked in, I was dazed, I knew my life, was gonna change
Finding more, than just a friend
Remembering when
You walked in
I finally got the nerve to ask the question
Will you marry me
And I said the I would give you forever, and be all you ever need
With a tear you said I do, and I knew my days of searching were through
When you walked in, I began to pray
And thanked the Lord, for the day
With a ring, our life began
Remembering when
You walked in
It was the moment, the I had waited for all my life
To see you in white, to have you as my bride
As seasons change and we both age, my love remains and the won’t change
The proof is when I wake up in the morning
You walk in, I’m amazed
Till death do us part wasn’t just another phrase
So from now, till the end
We’ll walk through life, till we go to be with him
Remembering when all my dreams came true
Remembering when, God only knows how much I love you
Remembering when
You walked in

Those Were The Days

Written By: Benton Blount

THOSE WERE THE DAYS
(Benton Blount)

I believe in love that last, when I look back upon my past and see
Two things that I know for sure, you are mine and I am yours you see
It was meant to be
I wouldn’t trade a single moment
They mean everything to me

Like those days in Carolina, we left all our dreams behind us
I thank God it ended this way
From the moment that I saw you, I knew I’d never forget your face
Those were the days

There are times I have to say that I forgot a memory of the way it use to be
But if I forgot a single one, I can go upstairs and open up and album
It comes back to me
I’m glad we took all those pictures, so we can always go back and see
Even though were growing older, I feel our love is getting stronger
And I thank God you’re here with me now
And from the moment I met you, I knew that all my dreams came true
And I realized what love was about

So these days in Carolina, we have all our dreams around us
I thank God it ended this way
So baby let me kiss you, and look at your beautiful face
These are the days

Remember When

Written By: Benton Blount

Remember When
(Benton Blount)

Do you recall the time that I got my first car
We took the top down and we drove around town until it got dark
All those summer nights, we had nothing else to do
So we just sat on that old porch swing, and I starred at you
If I could do it all again, I’d take a picture of those days
So I wouldn’t have to say
Do you remember our first kiss, the birthday party that I missed
Can we go back to the time, when I was yours and you were mine
Through all those failing memories, is there just one you can say to me
You know I’ll wait here forever
Till you remember
Forty years older now and oh how things have changed
When you wake up in the morning, you don’t even know my name
It gets a little harder, each and every time
To push all those memories back inside your mind
But when I feel like giving up, I see you smile at me
I guess this is how it was meant to be
Do you remember sixty-eight when we went out on our first date
Then in 1972, that’s when you said I do
Those three children that we have
You know you always made them laugh
And you know we will always be here
So when our time on earth is through and we’re standing there with you
You will remember

Remember

Written By: Benton Blount

Remember
(Benton Blount)

Do you recall the time that I got my first car
We took the top down and we drove around town until it got dark
All those summer nights, we had nothing else to do
So we just sat on that old porch swing, and I starred at you
If I could do it all again, I’d take a picture of those days
So I wouldn’t have to say
Do you remember our first kiss, the birthday party that I missed
Can we go back to the time, when I was yours and you were mine
Through all those failing memories, is there just one you can say to me
You know I’ll wait here forever
Till you remember
Forty years older now and oh how things have changed
When you wake up in the morning, you don’t even know my name
It gets a little harder, each and every time
To push all those memories back inside your mind
But when I feel like giving up, I see you smile at me
I guess this is how it was meant to be
Do you remember sixty-eight when we went out on our first date
Then in 1972, that’s when you said I do
Those three children that we have
You know you always made them laugh
And you know we will always be here
So when our time on earth is through and we’re standing there with you
You will remember

Discography

Benton Blount (promotional EP) / Golden Music
Benton Blount (full length cd) / Golden Music