NEW ARTIST DISCOVERY: Alec Benjamin Is a Self-Made Star in the Making

Singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin possesses the type of fervent determination and resilience that, when combined with his undeniable raw talent, makes him nearly unstoppable. Drawing inspiration from Eminem, Paul Simon, and Citizen Cope, his velvety, melodious vocals paired with his powerful, catchy chords quickly got him noticed and signed to a label by the ripe old age of eighteen. However, shortly after turning in his first album, he was subsequently dropped from the label and the budding artist found himself back to square one. In the face of seeming defeat, Benjamin remained undeterred and swiftly turned his unwavering passion for music into efforts to further his career on his own.

He promptly organized and carried out his own European tour, in addition to playing "parking lot shows" outside of Shawn Mendes and Troye Sivan concerts to spread his music. The singer hardly had time to breathe following the completion of his tour when a co-write on Jon Bellion's "New York Soul (Part II)" led to a full-fledged slot as an opener on Bellion's tour. While on tour, he continued his parking lot performances and uploaded a slew of music to his YouTube channel, racking up 150 thousand subscribers in just six months. He has also toured with popular artists like Matisyahu and Hoodie Allen, and has had notable success with hits like his 2017 track "I Built a Friend" which reached almost 4 million streams on Spotify in less than a year.

Benjamin, who describes himself as a "narrator" is back again with another poetic, melty tune entitled "Let Me Down Slowly." After one listen, it's clear how fans quickly connect to this self-made star on the rise through his natural ability to convey emotion through his music. You can check out his latest single below, but warning: We can't be held responsible when you end up in your feels.