Sean Benjamin

Sean Benjamin

 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Sean Benjamin has earned a reputation entertaining the festival-jamming, bar-hopping and college campus crowds with his smooth and deep crooner vocals, hip-hop inspired rhythms and mischievous on-stage charm. He loves performing and always wants to give his audiences a unique experience that makes them feel like they grew up with him in the east side suburbs of Cleveland.

Available solo acoustic, full band, his rat-pack of songwriters with looping pedals, or with his DJ.

Biography

Sean Benjamin emerged as a performer around the campus bars of Ohio State University in the 00s, with a truly unique sound, catchy songwriting and smooth distinct vocals. His influence was blended from the songwriters he looked up to, like Peter Gabriel, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, Damien Rice and G. Love and Special Sauce, and his experience co-producing R&B and Hip Hop instrumentals, styled after R. Kelly and Ginuwine.

It was not long before the Cleveland native had earned a reputation for being unlike any other guy holding an acoustic guitar. Benjamin put out 7 self-released albums and over 100 songs, in the span of 5 years, before he was signed by an independent label in 2008.

Sean Benjamin’s acoustic R&B does just that, as it embarks on a noble journey to fight against predictable and tired singer songwriters. The Cleveland native’s personal and self revealing lyrics cement a message that speaks to the masses while putting his most heartfelt emotions center stage. – Saw*kick Media

The Ohio-born singer has toured across 2 continents picking up fans from New York to Los Angeles, London to Edinburgh, Tallahassee to Las Vegas and the college towns of the Midwest. His mischievous stage presence and crooner persona brings an element of unpredictability to set lists and style.

If Dean Martin had a lil more swag and a penchant for a nasty beat, he’d be Sean Benjamin – Buzzbin Magazine

Benjamin has shared the stage with a diverse array of acts, such as Howie Day, The Goo Goo Dolls, Better than Ezra, Mickey Avalon, Pat Benetar, The Features, Red Wanting Blue, The Whigs, Spill Canvas and Switchfoot.

In 2011, after being discovered on The Opie and Anthony Show (in ’09) on Sirius XM radio, Benjamin paired with producer Dru Boogie to release a one-of-a-kind album entitled I Exist. The 24-track collaboration features pop/rock/r&b in the format of an epic concept album where the songs flow from one to the next and featured the singles “Hypnotized”, “Chain Reaction”, “Should I?”, “Sky Dive” and “Love Me Like a Drug”

Sean’s music is amazing, and it won’t be long before he’s way too famous to ever come back to see us – Executive Producer Steve Carlese, The Opie and Anthony Show

The following release, Live Live Live, was a 20-song live anthology, chronicling solo acoustic performances over 5 years, from 2008-2013.

In 2015, Benjamin returned to the road for a U.S. tour, taking him through New York, Chicago and for the first time to Los Angeles and Nashville.

Currently, Benjamin is working on his next studio record, to be released in 2016.

Lyrics

Chain Reaction

Written By: Sean Benjamin

I stand here aching
the words dance off your tongue
we just met but you said we could still have some fun

You are conscious of the moves that you make
fabric thin against skin
and you want me to break

I'm not the kind of man this happens to,
I try to play it off, but you see through

Don't just tell me girl, put it in actions
I want to see if it's about to happen
give me sparks like a chain reaction
do you know that you're dancing like that
and it's clear by the stare in your eye that you know that you do
and it's just to make me want you

Into your doorway, some clothes stay in the hall
you got some in your room
more inviting and all

No need for more drinks, cause I'm buzzed by the
possibilities of you and me
and she breathes onto me.

I'm not the kind of man this happens to,
I try to play it off, but you see through

Don't just tell me girl, put it in actions
I want to see if it's about to happen
give me sparks like a chain reaction
do you know that you're dancing like that
and it's clear by the stare in your eye that you know that you do
and it's just to make me want you

and it's just to make me want you

I'm not the kind of man this happens to,
I try to play it off, but you see through

Don't just tell me girl, put it in actions
I want to see if it's about to happen
give me sparks like a chain reaction
do you know that you're dancing like that
and it's clear by the stare in your eye that you know that you do
and it's just to make me want you

Into your doorway, some clothes stay in the hall
you got some in your room
more inviting and all

No need for more drinks, cause I'm buzzed by the
possibilities of you and me
and she breathes onto me.

I'm not the kind of man this happens to,
I try to play it off, but you see through

Don't just tell me girl, put it in actions
I want to see if it's about to happen
give me sparks like a chain reaction
do you know that you're dancing like that
and it's clear by the stare in your eye that you know that you do
and it's just to make me want you

Should I?

Written By: Sean Benjamin

Should I take off your shirt
is that how it works
im not one to assert
should I?

Will I kick off my shoes
Let my warm hands peruse
as the passion insues
should I?

should I kiss, should I wish this
strangers pair of lips to permit me in
should I?

will my arrogance end,
all the rules that I bend?
well I'm slippin again
should I?

As the walls tumble round
pillows fall to the ground
and the frame starts to pound
should I?

should I kiss, should I wish this
strangers pair of lips to permit me in
should I?

match your motion the right way
build explosions in your head
taken over in my bed
should I , should I?

should I kiss, should I wish this
strangers pair of lips to permit me in
should I breathe and concede to the lover that
I need oh should i? should I?

Hypnotized

Written By: Sean Benjamin

Oh, Girl you came
and then you went
you took your flight
and I was left

left me high
and i was dry
and i needed some
a little bit of closure would have helped

aww no

but the best thing you said
when you got out of bed
i love you
i hate you
i didnt want to even date you

you left the messages you want me to hear
i threw tape out
and opened a beer

and then a phone call
from a number unknown
saying pick me up
and i want to come home

I dont care anymore
you had me hypnotized
but im awake now
I dont care anymore
you had me hypnotized
but im awake now

you didnt care about the things you said
the scares and damages
all forgotten

you might be good but that dont mean your best
what makes you think you have another shot and

when youre down on the floor
askin me am i sure
i can't help feeling just a little conflicted

but i said no more
even though im a whore
and i did something that you never predicted sayin

I dont care anymore
you had me hypnotized
but im awake now
I dont care anymore
you had me hypnotized
but im awake now

Thinking bout the things we used to do at night
baby when alone oh no
Then I call and you pick up and treat me like you
have got no time for this now

But you still come over dressed up in that thing
I like and its so wrong
oh no
I guess after tonight I should tell you
so long cause

I dont care anymore
you had me hypnotized
but im awake now
I dont care anymore
you had me hypnotized
but im awake now

And it makes you want me more

Lungs

Written By: Sean Benjamin

Next time I'm lying here with you
You should count your blessings like
you asked me to
and all the pain that you put both of us through will be
Irrelevant

Wasting all this time is a farce
good nights without you are about
as sparse as the ski resorts in Kiribati
this peace and quiet inside my house
when i am

Screamin' at the top of my lungs
Singin' just to bring you back home
and I'm sick of all the nights by myself
I'm sick of all the times that I have to
Sleep alone

Next time you're lookin' right at me
With desire in your eyes that is
clear to see
I will wrap you up in my arms
prove to you the sparks still there
run my fingers through your hair

In my Mazda X 6 well who gives
a damn about the music she picks
cause I am fixed by lookin
in her eyes and here we
are longin for a rest stop
baby

Breathing all the air in our lungs
Such a tangled web that we've spun
and I'm loving every moment of this
I'm loving all the passion that's inside
Of our kiss

As we lay here just caressing
Its undressing all our love
Its like we are resurrecting
don't expect me
to be done by the mornin', done by
the evening done by the weekend baby

We were breathing all the air in out lungs
Whisperin' the love with our tongues
and I'm lovin' every moment of this
I'm lovin' all the passion that's inside
Of our kiss

Leo

Written By: Sean Benjamin

every time I settle in, somethin' is a stirrin'
get to feel you just can win, a life that's so uncertain
leave your girl and want her back, oh it drive you crazy
I'm afraid to take a nap, id feel like I'm too lazy

I pick anew one up here on this Saturday night
she feel like she could be the next Mrs. right for me
but something tells me that i will blow it
yeah yeah you know it

she could live with my faults cant you see
and one day she could fall in love with me
i think i got a damn good deal
i got rid of my cancer and got myself a leo

I'm back in control of my life aren't you proud of me

oh its a good life today
don't come take it away
oh but what can i say
ill probably blow it all anyways
oh not but not today

cause temptation into lies, oh my ethics compromise
the next girl with pretty eyes or the devil in disguise
but if to fail is not to try, oh will i succeed in life
if i let this all pass me by, that's not how i want to die

it's a good life today
don't come take it away
oh but what can i say
ill probably blow it all anyways
oh not but not today

it's a good life today
don't come take it away
oh but what can i say
ill probably blow it all anyways
oh not but not today

Set List

3 to 4 hours available of his most requested original tunes from the early year to what he is currently promoting, then about 4 more hours of cover materials, that the crowd will know, but the other bands aren't playing. 

Full Set lists available upon request.