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Ben Godwin

Brooklyn, NY
US

Ben Godwin

Ben Godwin
The essence and excitement of New York City never fails to inspire every dreamer who experiences it first hand. London-via-Brooklyn songwriter Ben Godwin is the latest to fall prey to the whims of the world’s greatest city. His recently released album, “Skin And Bone”, offers nine twisted cabaret tales of city life told through his grisly baritone and unique vaudeville-pop poetic: tales of beauty, struggle and hope amongst the chaos and filth of the sidewalks, subways and skylines.

Ben moved to the City in 2005 after many successful years as a touring musician in the UK, performing at legendary London venues like the Troubadour, the Metro Club and the Kashmir Klub. He previously released the EPs “ShinyShiny” and “Lighter than Atom”, with over 40,000 downloads served.

New York life transformed his sound into something resembling the gravelly, fractured style of Tom Waits or the apocalyptic blues of Nick Cave- ‘soaked in the gasoline, dirt, and restaurant grease of the sidewalks and subway platforms of his new home.’ (Tom Drake-Urbanfolk #10)

A lifelong vegetarian, Ben went vegan in 2001 after meeting his future wife, an animal rights activist. He's done many demos for PETA over the years, including a three-month jaunt around the USA arguing for veganism with PETA's Animal Liberation Project.

A frequent performer in NYC for LIFEbeat's Hearts & Voices program, which brings live music to people living with HIV, Ben will donate $1 from the sale of each copy of "Skin And Bone" to LIFEbeat's programs to fight AIDS. In April '07, he collaborated with members of the NYC HIV+ community to create a video for the title track from "Skin And Bone", which is being submitted to film festivals over Summer 2007.

Among the new generation of independent artists who are getting their work out to audiences on their own terms, Ben will continue to bring 'Skin And Bone' to the mainstream, knocking listeners out one by one, one song at a time. The album has already begun to gather momentum, being tapped twice for front page features on Napster and receiving great press . A radio campaign is in the works for Summer 2007, in partnership with Organic Entertainment (Majestic 12, Second Dan.)

“Skin And Bone” is available for purchase via KarmaFarm records on iTunes , eMusic , CD Baby and Rhapsody