Ben l'Oncle Soul

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Ben l'Oncle Soul
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Background information
Birth name Benjamin Duterde
Also known as L'Oncle Ben
Born (1984-11-10) 10 November 1984 (age 29)
Tours, Indre-et-Loire
Origin France
Genres
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2004–present
Website benlonclesoul.com

Ben l'Oncle Soul (born Benjamin Duterde, on 10 November 1984) is a French soul singer-songwriter.

After graduating in 2004, he started singing in a gospel group called Fitiavana. He often wears a bow tie like Uncle Ben from Uncle Ben's Rice.[1] His friends called him "l'Oncle Ben", but he decided to change it in 2009, shortly before the release of his first EP, Soul Wash: Lesson 1, to avoid copyright problems.[2] His eponymous debut album was released by Motown Records in 2010.[2]

On 25 June 2011, Ben L'Oncle Soul opened the 32nd edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival in a major free concert in front of more than 10,000 people at the Scène TD de la place des Festivals in the heart of Montreal. The concert was his third appearance in Montreal having performed at the 2010 FrancoFolies and at the 2011 Montréal High Lights Festival.

He performed at North Sea Jazz Festival on 9 July 2011, and appeared on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC 2 on 21 October 2011. As part of the London Jazz Festival, he played at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre, London, on 12 November 2011.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Details Peak positions Certification
BEL
Wa

[3]
FR
[4]
GER NED
[5]
SWI
[6]
2010 Ben l'Oncle Soul 11 4 81 12 37 France: 3× Platinum
Live albums
Year Album Details Peak
positions
Certification
BEL
Wa

[3]
FR
[4]
2011 Live Paris 25 32

EPs[edit]

  • 2009: Soul Wash: Lesson 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Certification Album
BEL
Vl
BEL
Wa

[3]
FR
[4]
GER NED
[5]
SWI
[6]
2010 "Seven Nation Army" 16 51 57 54 Ben l'Oncle Soul
2011 "Soulman" 16 14 39 63
"Petite Sœur" 40 54
"Elle me dit" 31*
(Ultratip)
2013 "Hallelujah!!! (J'ai tant besoin de toi)" 22*
(Ultratip)
33*
(Ultratip)
68 À coup de rêves
"Être un homme comme vous" 94 We Love Disney
2014 "You Got My Back" 75
"Ailleurs" 67
"So Hard to Find" 53
"À coup de rêves" 40

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Featured in
Year Single Charts Certification Album
FR
[4]
2010 "À mi-chemin"
(Hocus Pocus featuring Akhenaton and Ben l'Oncle Soul)
70

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2010: Nominated for the Prix Constantin for Ben l'Oncle Soul
  • 2010: Nominated for La Chanson de l'année (The Song of the Year) for "Soulman"
  • 2011: Nominated for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year for Ben l'Oncle Soul at the NRJ Music Awards
  • 2011: Won for Best Male Singer of the Year at the Globes de Cristal
  • 2011: Won for Live Breakthrough at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Breakthrough of the Public at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Album of the Year for Ben l'Oncle Soul at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Music Video of the Year for "Soulman" at the Victoires de la musique
  • 2011: Nominated for Best French Artist for Ben l'Oncle Soul at the MTV Europe Music Awards
  • 2012: Won for European Border Breakers Award[7]

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