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|Birth name||Benjamin Frederick Bledsoe|
|Born||May 11, 1982|
Snellville, Georgia, U.S.
|Origin||Orlando, Florida, U.S.|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Instruments||Singing, guitar, piano, drums|
|Labels||Transcontinental (2000–04; Natural) |
44th Floor Records (2004–present; solo)
Early life and education
Bledsoe was a child model and acted in several commercials and television shows throughout the 1990s while growing up in California. He was an active member of "Odyssey of the Mind" - A creative problem solving competition for students from Kindergarten through College. His teams went to world competition several times and placed top 10 in the world multiple years in a row. This later translated into him becoming a member of MENSA, which boasts a 1% acceptance rating. He guest starred on shows such as the Nickelodeon TV series The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo in 1997. In his teen years he moved to Longwood, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, where he met future bandmate Marc Terenzi. At 16 he helped formed the band Natural, with fellow members Patrick King, Michael Johnson, and later Michael 'J' Horn.
After his move to Florida, Bledsoe worked as a teen actor, but after meeting Terenzi, he decided to shift his career path and start a band. The band was a mix of rock and pop. Although they were a full band when performing live, they would perform a cappella renditions of their music at local venues to help gain recognition and expand their fanbase. Their first show at the House of Blues in Orlando completely sold out.
Producer Veit Renn signed the band and they started recording new music. Natural obtained a following in Orlando, and Veit decided to send them on a promotional tour of Germany. Lou Pearlman saw them perform at the German Festival "Popkomm" in Cologne while they filled in for the headlining act who missed their flight. It was a show in front of 150,000 people who decidedly loved the young band that added an edge to the pop world. Pearlman was there promoting another act and very soon after they were signed with Transcontinental Records.
Pearlman promoted the first single with Claire's and sent the band on a tour with the Monkees, traveling by private jet and tour bus. The first single "Put Your Arms Around Me" became RIAA-certified Gold, and reached the Billboard Sales Chart Position of #8.
Soon thereafter, Natural was signed to BMG International, based in Munich. The band immediately started touring in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Scotland, Italy, Spain, France, and Sweden. They had success with such hits as "Put Your Arms Around Me", "Will It Ever", "Runaway", "Let Me Just Fly", "What If", and the number-one collaborative hit with Sarah Connor, "Just One Last Dance".
The life of an Insomniac
Natural finished their last tour in Europe and Asia in September 2004. Bledsoe wrote new music with band members Terenzi and Michael Johnson for a project and he taught himself guitar and piano as a way to enhance his compositional skills.
Bledsoe's new songs were a mixture of pop and rock. He wrote all of the songs himself for his first album and played the guitar and piano (as well as other instruments) in most of the recordings and performances. The CD was named An Insomniac's Guide to a Lonely Heart due to his lack of sleep while creating the album, and the first song he wrote for it, titled "Lonely Heart". He released An Insomniac's Guide to a Lonely Heart on his own record label, 44th Floor Records. It was #1 on Amazon.com for exports to Germany, and was in the top 5% of sales overall. It was simultaneously #1 and #2 on Awarestore.com, beating out Aware's own artists such as John Mayer, Five for Fighting, and Wheatus. The first single release was the tongue-in-cheek song "Boyfriend".
After the release of his solo album, Bledsoe sought to do more acting work. He did some Broadway shows, such as Hairspray and Cry-Baby. He studied at The Groundlings and the Lesley Kahn School of Acting, and has guest starred on TV shows such as House, CSI, CSI: NY, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Castle, and much more. Bledsoe guest starred in the pilot episode of the TV show Glee. He also starred in the Disney Channel show Jessie as Jessie's love interest Brody Winton in an episode called the "Princess and the Pea-Brain" in 2012. Along with television, Bledsoe has filmed several feature films such as Riddle with Val Kilmer and William Sadler among others.
Bledsoe has been behind the microphone for most of his life, but in the most recent years he has been in the booth as the voice of all sorts of projects. Commercials, Animated Films and television shows, Video Games; he has made a stamp on all of the major niches within the industry. His company. Unireach Media. has made a vast imprint in the interactive media world by creating custom messages, greetings, and songs for consumers to download which are completely customizable... something that has never been attempted previously.
|2010||Good Grief||Bobby||short film|
|2011||Ronal the Barbarian||Alibert||(voice: English version)|
|2012||No One Will Know||Nathan Parker|
|2012||Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood 3D||Robin Hood||(voice)|
|1997||The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo||Nolan Snope||The Mascot Mystery|
|1997||Kenan & Kel||Brad||The Crush|
|2001||The Simpsons||Ralph Wiggum's Singing Voice||New Kids on the Blecch|
|2007||House M.D.||Opponent||The Jerk|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Kip Westerman||Young Man with a Horn|
|2009||The Mentalist||Scotty Sinclair||Throwing Fire|
|2011||Castle||Brian Morris||The Dead Pool|
|2012||CSI: NY||Preston Seville, Jr.||Brooklyn Til I Die|
|2012||The Fresh Beat Band||Prince||Royal Wedding|
|2012||Jessie||Brody Hinton||The Princess & the Pea Brain|
|2012||Motu Patlu||Motu||(TV series)|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Todd Dutton||Lekio|
|Amazon.com German export chart|
|2005||An Insomniac's Guide to a Lonely Heart