Alec Benjamin

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Alec Benjamin
Alec Benjamin Press Photo Atlantic.jpg
Alec Benjamin in 2019
Background information
Born (1994-05-28) May 28, 1994 (age 25)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
GenresPop Indie
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.alecbenjamin.com

Alec Shane Benjamin (born May 28, 1994)[1] is an American singer and songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona.[1] He is best known for the songs "If We Have Each Other", "Let Me Down Slowly" and "Mind is a Prison". He has gained popularity from his pop indie songs that depict descriptive stories from his own personal experiences. He also gained much attention from his demos. In addition to his solo project, Benjamin has found success in songwriting with artists such as Jon Bellion, including a feature on the track "New York Soul Pt. ii" from Bellion's album The Human Condition.[2] He is heavily influenced by artists such as Eminem, John Mayer, Paul Simon and Ben Gibbard.[3]

Benjamin's Mixtape “Narrated For You” gained popularity reaching #127 on billboard 200 in 2019. “Narrated For You” features tracks "Let Me Down Slowly" and “Water Fountain“. The mixtape tells the stories of love, friendship, and growing up.

Benjamin's song "I Built a Friend" was used as backing material for a contemporary dance audition of contestant Merrick Hanna, on episode 1 of the 12th season of America's Got Talent (May 30, 2017). He made his US television debut when he performed "Let Me Down Slowly" on The Late Late Show with James Corden on January 8, 2019.

Benjamin has also seen a growth in publicity as he has created "Can I Sing For You?" videos in which he performs songs he has written to people in public. This series of videos can be found on social media platforms, or video-streaming services such as YouTube.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
These Two Windows

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[5]
CAN
[6]
DEN
[7]
FRA
[8]
NLD
[9]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
Mixtape 1: America
  • Released: April 22, 2013
  • Label: White Rope
  • Format: Digital download
Narrated for You
  • Released: November 16, 2018
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, LP
127 62 10 130 61 5 20

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[12]
AUS
[13]
CAN
[14]
DEN
[15]
IRE
[16]
NLD
[9]
NOR
[17]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[19]
UK
[20]
"Paper Crown" 2014 Non-album singles
"End of the Summer"[21] 2016
"I Built a Friend" 2017
"Let Me Down Slowly"
(solo or featuring Alessia Cara)
2018 79 56 49 6 17 22 6 38 20 31 Narrated for You
"Boy in the Bubble"
"If We Have Each Other"
"Death of a Hero"
"Outrunning Karma"
"1994"
"Must Have Been the Wind"[28] 2019 These Two Windows
"Jesus in LA"[29]
"Mind Is a Prison"[30]
"Demons" 2020
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Get-To-Know Alec Benjamin and his excellent debut single "Paper Crown"".
  2. ^ "Jon Bellion - New York Soul (Part II)".
  3. ^ Firman, Tehrene. "Press Play on This Exclusive "Paper Crown" Music Video, Fall Totally in Love with Jersey-Wearing, Boombox-Toting Alec Benjamin". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
  4. ^ Mims, Taylor (January 21, 2020). "Alec Benjamin announces debut album 'These Two Windows,' headlining tour". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Alec Benjamin Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Alec Benjamin Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 7, 2019". Hitlisten. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 28, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Alec Benjamin - Narrated For You - dutchcharts.nl". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 4, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Veckolista Album, vecka 14". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "Alec Benjamin Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #521". auspOp. April 20, 2019. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  14. ^ "Alec Benjamin Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Track Top-40 Uge 10, 2019". Hitlisten. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 7, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 15". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly". hitparade.ch. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  20. ^ "Alec Benjamin | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  21. ^ "Alec Benjamin's "End Of The Summer": Premiere".
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Alec Benjamin – Let Me Down Slowly". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 11, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #523". auspOp. May 4, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  24. ^ "British certifications – Alec Benjamin". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 29, 2019. Type Alec Benjamin in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  25. ^ "Alec Benjamin feat Alessia Cara "Let Me Down Slowly"". IFPI Denmark. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  26. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". Hitparade.ch – Swiss Charts. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  27. ^ "Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Music Canada. Archived from the original on December 4, 2018. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  28. ^ "Must Have Been the Wind – Single by Alec Benjamin". Apple Music. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  29. ^ @AlecBenjamin (July 15, 2019). "jesus in la. out everywhere tmrw . 9:30 am PST . 😬 . tune in to hear my interview with @zanelowe on @beats1 at 9am PST" (Tweet). Retrieved July 16, 2019 – via Twitter.
  30. ^ "Mind Is a Prison – Single by Alec Benjamin". Apple Music. Retrieved December 13, 2019.

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