Ben Union | Gotta Have It

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Gotta Have It

by Ben Union

Ben Union is a deliberate songwriter whose sonic libation adheres to the highest standards of a reckless night w/ lyrics that don’t sleep & rhythms driving stolen wheels on a suspended license downhill toward a cliff [pop/rock/soul/electro cocktails].
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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Ben Union is the living, breathing definition of a modern classic. This sensation is a rare breed of artist, pushing the edges of his music closer to the luminous polish of current hits only to reveal timeless influences and instincts. His art is a stiff cocktail of tried and true ingredients shaken with a mixer sweet enough to keep you consuming it for the rest of your life.

Union is a deliberate songwriter, his sonic libation adhering to the highest standards of a reckless night. His lyrics don’t sleep and his rhythms are driving stolen wheels on a suspended license downhill toward a cliff. There are unmistakable flavors of R&B and soul, hints of reggae and funk, and a splash of low-end beats poured over a light serving of rock for refreshment. At the end of the night, you don’t care what’s in it; You know it tastes good and does its job every time. Ben is that time you drank all that champagne and rum punch and never got the hangover you most certainly deserved.

When Ben woke from this spell, he found himself in what looked like a space suit. He was lying under a giant nuclear reactor, as the voice of David Brynne in the song 'Once in a Lifetime' spoke to him and said, "Why are you in this military installation, maintaining this nuclear reactor? Why are you here, why aren't you playing your music?" There lay Ben Union, underneath this shiva, this destroyer of suns, on a military base as the radiation seeped around his suit at levels the government deemed safe-ish. He wondered how he went from preaching to thousands to this moment of quiet lonely anguish and self realization, performing one of the worst jobs on the planet, a completely expendable human being as atoms split just feet from his skull. Ben left that day and never looked back.

Ben took every penny he had to his name, recorded some songs he’d written in the “desert” and bought an RV. What happened next sounds like a fantasy: Ben started driving. He booked gigs, he picked up bands, he developed his sound and earned his road-warrior stripes. Like St. Augustine, he tried everything that came his way. Before long he had a following, a new flock that stuck with him this time as he experimented on stage, explored his own mind, challenged his own thinking, and all the worlds of darkness and light that had once been forbidden. He gradually came out of the desert and began to smell the sweet air of success but he was hungry for more.

Ben went back and listened to his recordings, looked back on his live shows, and it was all very good, but it wasn’t undeniable. This time, he wanted to build his musical home on solid bedrock, even if it was just a shack. Listening to all the songs he had crafted, that he had once been forbidden, he wanted a sound that would go on forever. He wanted to proclaim his true voice and he wouldn't play another show until he delivered. He threw it all out and spent the next 2 years writing, honing his craft, and finding truth...and somehow, along the way, he found his freedom and redemption in his journey.

Ben Union is a train that is traveling on both sides of the track, and he's pulling up fast with the finest work of his career. His new release is packed with ready made hits — songs ready to burn like gasoline. Ben Union's new work is mischievous, yet mature in the sense that he has wandered through the broken glass and impenetrable night to find his true voice. It can be said with a straight face: Ben Union's journey to this new place, in his way, rivals Robert Johnson's run through The Crossroads. It has the brutal conflict of Jerry Lee Lewis' own Memphis dance down the highway with good and evil. It's a road story that reads like an American myth. It's impossibly true. Back to a place where he found his voice through these songs.

This is the sermon Ben Union has delivered. Welcome to his third act."- Davin Michael Stedman

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