Joshua Benjamin

Joshua Benjamin

BandPopR&B

My music is an eclectic sound of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, House and Afro Beat's. I create music to make people want to dance and overall have a good time. I call myself the the "Dance Recording Artist". My influences are: Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake & Prince.

Biography

Joshua Benjamin: Not your average boy next door look, but undeniably fierce. He doesn’t have the voice of Usher or Justin Timberlake but the voice of Joshua Benjamin is unique and surely creative. Joshua Benjamin music. Not your normal radio play, but original, innovative and cutting edge Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop R&B and Afro Beat sounds that will make the dance floors move.

Born March 8, 1984 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Joshua “Benjamin” Pettis was surrounded with the performing arts of: dance, music, singing and acting. As a dancer for 2 decades, Joshua has been seen on Television shows such as ABC Family "Dance Fever", MTV'S "Made" and has also starred in Musicals such as "Chess, Smile and a Midsummer’s Night Dream playing the role as "Puck".

Joshua has been greatly inspired by legendary recording artist: Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, and the Controversial Grace Jones.

“I like them all for different reasons, Janet Jackson - because she is a triple threat talent. And I want to be know as a dance recording artist. When you think Janet Jackson you think Dance! Prince because he is a petite guy, and flamboyant, but he pulls it off very well. And I’m not like other male artist. I’m a petite guy and proud of it. Then there is Grace Jones. WOW!!! She is just amazing. I love Jones older music. I love the meaning in her words. She had something to say. I rather have something to say than nothing at all. Her voice is haunting…..”

Joshua has been successful at getting the attention of wide range of audiences kids to the adult. “That makes me proud. I could have a following of just African Americans, but that was not my goal. I want people of all shades of color and ages to enjoy my music. With that being said, I have a broader crowd. So I feel that more confident in my music, in my sound, in my lyrics, in my voice and in my overall performance that I will succeed in the music industry.

Maybe it's the realness that you hear in Joshua's voice and Top 40 songs. In his early 20's you can feel the life experience’s Joshua has gone through, almost feeling as if you were there when it happen to him. Some of Joshua songs talk about: Sensuality and Sexuality, Breakup to Make-up or Joshua's love for Music and Dance. One thing is for sure, there is a Joshua song that we can all relate to.

Joshua's vocals skills are simply unique. If you were to hear one of Joshua's songs on the radio while driving in the car you would probably ask yourself "Who is this singing". Because each one of Joshua's songs are completely different. Not one sounds the same....not one. Some songs in Joshua's voice are mellow toned and sensual, while others are straight up aggressive and in your face. “I’m not trying to have the perfect voice…I don’t believe there is a perfect voice. Even it there was a perfect voice the world would be so dull.”

“Music moves me, I do not move the music. The beautiful thing about music is that we all hear it differently. Just because I wrote the song and I know the meaning behind it, doesn’t mean that’s the way someone else hears it. That’s what so beautiful about music. We may all listen to the song at the same time, but we perceive all differently.

“I am ready now to take my career at full force, but I need people around me who I trust, and who support my decisions. This business is a doggy dog world. Joshua giggles "The world is a Doggy Dog World". However, I am ready for Major A&R and Record Labels to hear my material. I am ready to perform for thousands of people at a time. I want to fill concert halls and arenas.

“Michael Jackson said it best. If you want to be the best, you have to look at the best. For me that Is Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Grace Jones, Tina Turner, Barry White, James Brown, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and so many more artist".

This is what God put me on earth to do. I just know it. I feel it in my heart because it is my passion. It's a spirit within me and that spirit is God. As long as I listen to him everything will be o.k. My time will come soon…….It will come.

Joshua is currently in the studio completing his first independent album "Afro Music Maniac" to be released March of 2008. A promo club tour will soon follow in cities such as San Diego and Los Angeles California.

Lyrics

Time

Written By: Joshua Benjamin

SPOKEN WORD:
You see. This song. Is about relationships. When they come to an end. In time.

Tick tock tick tock.....

CHORUS:
Take you back in time. Make you enter my mind. Giving you a sign. Making you feel sublime. Why you wanna hide. Don't try to deny this time.

VERSE 1:
And if you only knew. That I gave you vodoo. To make you do the stupid things that you do. Being such a fool. Cause I'm making you my tool. Ooh

CHORUS:
See I be. Take you back in time. Make you enter my mind. Giving you a sign. Making you feel sublime. Why you wanna hide. Don't try to deny this time. 1X

VERSE 2:
Never understanding. Always complaning. Miscomprehending. What I'm saying. I'm tired of the blaming. You making me go insane like this. You knew that I loved you. You knew that I liked you. You knew that I do anything baby for you. What afraid of. You fearing yourself like hey hey

CHORUS:
See I be. Take you back in time. Make you enter my mind. Giving you a sign. Making you feel sublime. Why you wanna hide. Don't try to deny this time. 1X

VERSE 3:
Friends with a benifit. I'm not feeling it. Confusing me. With your sexuality. Saying what your not. But then you slept in my bed. Hey hey. First say you loving me. Next saying that your hating me. Saying your not jealous. But it's so obvious. Being so posessive. Your over protective.

CHORUS:
See I be. Take you back in time. Make you enter my mind. Giving you a sign. Making you feel sublime. Why you wanna hide. Don't try to deny this time. 3X

Tick tock tick tock.....

Climax

Written By: Joshua Benjamin

SPOKEN WORD:
You just don't know. The way you make me feel. Inside of me. This feeling. I release. Is like this.

VERSE 1:
Baby. Come to me. Lay down on me. Kiss you. Taste you. Make sweet. Love to you.

CHORUS:
Take me. Take you. Like we. Want to do. Hold me. Squeeze me. Grab me. Where you want to. Feel me. Storke me. Anywhere you feel the need. I love the way you make me come. When it hits. Climax

VERSE 2:
You don't. Know how. Much you. Mean to me. Don't know. What I'd do. If I wasn't. With you.

CHORUS:
Take me. Take you. Like we. Want to do. Hold me. Squeeze me. Grab me. Where you want to. Feel me. Storke me. Anywhere you feel the need. I love the way you make me come. When it hits. Climax

SPOKEN WORD:
You just dont know
What you do to me
The way you make me feek inside
This feeling that I have to release
I need you
I want you
I love you

CHORUS:
Take me. Take you. Like we. Want to do. Hold me. Squeeze me. Grab me. Where you want to. Feel me. Storke me. Anywhere you feel the need. I love the way you make me come. When it hits. Climax
I love you

Territory

Written By: Joshua Benjamin

Nothing wrong for standing for your right's
Nothing wrong for standing for your justice
Nothing wrong for standing for yourself
Nothing wrong for standing for what's yours

Keep marching....

I have something to say
And I want you to listen with your ears and your mind see

I'm the king of this Jungle
I roar like a lion
No one messes with me
Because I'll devour them

I'm like a cobra
I'll spit my venom
Don't piss me off
Or you'll get hissed on

I'm like a volture
I'll circle around you
I'll never go hungry
Cause I eat the scraps

I'm like a cheetah
I move with agility
You can't catch me
When I leave dust behind

I'm like aligator
I smile at you
You think that I like you
But I decieve you

I'm like hyhena
I'm so wacky
You can't stand my laughter
Everytime I do my hehehehehe

I'm like river
All come to drink me
They know they need me
Cause I quinch their thirst

I'm like tall tree
Wind blows through me
You know you need me
So you can breath

This is my land
This is my sky
No one knows this place
Just like I do

And if you shall ever come here
Just know one thing
When you step your feet here
This is my territory

Keep marching marching marching...

Ah tu nah het na hit na toe
Tu na het na hit na toe

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:
Everythings gonna be alright
Everything is gonna be o.k

Free

Written By: Joshua Benjamin

SPOKEN WORD:
Be true to your heart
Don't be afraid of who you are
I't doesn't matter if your straight, gay, bi, black, white be free

CHORUS:
Freeing
Being me
Do what I please
Loving me
Being at my ease
Finding all my ease
Holding me
Freeing
Being me
Do what I please
Loving me
Being at my ease
Finding all my ease

VERSE 1:
I wanna fly high
In the sky
Like a bird
Spread my wings
Sun on me
Wind in face
Where nothing could never touch me
I wanna fly high
In the sky
Like a bird
Spread my wings
Sun on me
Wind in face
Where nothing could never touch me

CHORUS:
Freeing
Being me
Do what I please
Loving me
Being at my ease
Finding all my ease
Holding me
Freeing
Being me
Do what I please
Loving me
Being at my ease
Finding all my ease

VERSE 2:
I wanna fly high
In the sky
Like a bird
Spread my wings
Sun on me
Wind in face
Where nothing could never touch me
I wanna fly high
In the sky
Like a bird
Spread my wings
Sun on me
Wind in face
Where nothing could never touch me

CHORUS:
Freeing
Being me
Do what I please
Loving me
Being at my ease
Finding all my ease
Holding me
Freeing
Being me
Do what I please
Loving me
Being at my ease
Finding all my ease

Being free
Loving me
Doing me
Holding me
Being free
Holding me
Loving me
Doing me
Being free

SPOKEN WORD:
We gone break it down for ya'll
This is for the clubs
Take it like this
Break it down

CHANT:
I wanna get down
Till I touch the ground
I wanna get up
Till I'm off the floor
I wanna get down
Till I touch the ground
I wanna get up
Till I'm off the floor
We wanna get down
Till we touch the ground
We wanna get up
Till we off the floor
We wanna get down
Till we touch the ground
We wanna get up
Till we scream and shout

Pushing To Pull

Written By: Joshua Benjamin

CHANT:
I'm walking walking
running running
Tripping tripping for you
I'm climbing climbing
Reaching reaching
Falling falling for you
I'm swimming swimming
Drowning drowning
Sinking sinking for you
Searching for you
I'm searching for you

VERSE 1:
Running to you is all I do
Then I'm the one that be pushing to pull
Loving you is all I do
Then I'm the one that be feeling like the fool
I'm jealous so envious
I don't want nobody else to have you
I'm wanting you I'm needing you
But are you wanting
And needing me the same way to

CHORUS:
Pushing to pull me
Pulling to push you
I am so confused
Don't know what to do
Wanting to want you
Needing to need you
Having to have you
Loving to love you

VERSE 2
I don't want to hear about him
The way he makes you smile the way you grin
How do you think the way I feel
When you know that my love for you is for real
I'm jealous so envious
I don't want nobody else to have you
I'm wanting you I'm needing you
But are you wanting
And needing me the same way to

CHORUS:
Pushing to pull me
Pulling to push you
I am so confused
Don't know what to do
Wanting to want you
Needing to need you
Having to have you
Loving to love you

CHANT:
I'm walking walking
running running
Tripping tripping for you
I'm climbing climbing
Reaching reaching
Falling falling for you
I'm swimming swimming
Drowning drowning
Sinking sinking for you
Searching for you
I'm searching for you

CHORUS:
Pushing to pull me
Pulling to push you
I am so confused
Don't know what to do
Wanting to want you
Needing to need you
Having to have you
Loving to love you

Erotica (I Want Your Sex)

Written By: Joshua Benjamin

VERSE 1
What are your fantasies
Let me make them reality
Let's make a bedtime story
Am I in your dreams
Do I make you cream
Even when your not touching me
So where do you want me to touch
Where do you want me to grab
Where do you want me to hold you
Where do you want me to kiss
Where do you want me to lick
Where do you want me to taste you

CHORUS:
I want your sex over my body
Over my body I want your sex
Take you up take you down
Take you down take you up
Making your head spind round and round
You want my sex over your body
Over your body you want my sex
Take me up take me down
Take me down take me up
Making my head spind round and round

VERSE 2:
How do you want it
Do you want me to tap it
I want to see you clap it
How do you work it babe
Do you want me to jerk it babe
While were freaking it babe
Cause we can do it on the bed
We can do it on the kitchen table
We can do it in the shower
We can do it anywhere
Anytime anyplace that you dare
Can I bend you over
Can I strap you down
Can I put you against the wall

CHORUS:
I want your sex over my body
Over my body I want your sex
Take you up take you down
Take you down take you up
Making your head spind round and round
You want my sex over your body
Over your body you want my sex
Take me up take me down
Take me down take me up
Making my head spind round and round

VERSE 3:
I want you to say my name
Without remembering my name
I wanna drive you insane
I wanna to see your eyes roll back
When you feel my swag attack
Penetration opposites attract climax
Now that my job is done
Are you glad that you got some
Do you wanna call me your honey bun
Here I'm talking to you
But you don't have no clue
Cause you falling asleep
I must had done you good

CHORUS:
I want your sex over my body
Over my body I want your sex
Take you up take you down
Take you down take you up
Making your head spind round and round
You want my sex over your body
Over your body you want my sex
Take me up take me down
Take me down take me up
Making my head spind round and round

Go n Stop

Written By: Joshua Benjamin

CHORUS:
Go and stop
Stop and go
Take it to the floor
Give me some more
Green Light
Speed up
Yellow Light
Slow it down
Red Light
Hold On
Sit In my car
Feel my engine roar

VERSE 1:
Let me see yah
Work It baby
Let me see yah
Clap it baby
Let me see yah
Bounce it baby
Let me see yah
Grind it baby

BRIDGE:
Everybody hit the doors
Everybody in the club
Everybody on the floor
Everybody want some more

CHANT:
Bumper to bumper
Rubber to rubber
Can feel my humper
Feeling your thumper
Bumper to bumper
Rubber to rubber
Can feel my humper
Feeling your thumper
I’m looking so damn good
I’m looking so damn fine
I wanna call you mine
And take you back in time

CHORUS:
Go and stop
Stop and go
Take it to the floor
Give me some more
Green Light
Speed up
Yellow Light
Slow it down
Red Light
Hold On
Sit In my car
Feel my engine roar

VERSE 2:
Let me see yah
Drop it baby
Let me see yah
Pop it baby
Let me see yah
Wind it baby
Let me see yah
Freak it baby

CHANT 2:
Bumper to bumper
Rubber to rubber
Can feel my humper
Feeling your thumper
Bumper to bumper
Rubber to rubber
Can feel my humper
Feeling your thumper
You looking so damn good
You looking so damn fine
I wanna call you mine
And take you back in time

CHORUS:
Go and stop
Stop and go
Take it to the floor
Give me some more
Green Light
Speed up
Yellow Light
Slow it down
Red Light
Hold On
Sit In my car
Feel my engine roar (1x)

Bumper to bumper
Rubber to rubber
Can feel my humper
Feeling your thumper (3x)

CHORUS:
Go and stop
Stop and go
Take it to the floor
Give me some more
Green Light
Speed up
Yellow Light
Slow it down
Red Light
Hold On
Sit In my car
Feel my engine roar (1x)

Discography

Afro Music Maniac L.P 2008

Set List

My typical set list is a mixture of the following genre of music:

R&B
Pop/Rock
Dance/House
Afro Beat

Here are the titles of my original songs (Song arrangement for a live performance may change due to: time, stage space, crowd etc):

01. Shaka/Afro Music Maniac
02. Stop n Go
03. Free
04. Time
05. Runaway Lover
06. Erotica
07. Climax
08. Siempre (Forever)
09. Pushing to Pull
10. Territory

I usually perform 10 songs.
My sets are usually 30 minutes +.
I do not do cover songs.