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The music of Rhian Benson is an exciting mélange of R&B, soul, jazz, reggae, hip-hop, and worldbeat. Her debut recording titled Gold Coast features the stunning vocalist interpreting 13 songs that she wrote and co-produced with James Poyser Lauryn Hill, the Roots, Jill Scott and Bob Power D'Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu. Her warm, jazz-influenced vocals are a natural result of her strong musical heritage both of her parents are musicians and by being nourished and encouraged by the profusion of music and musicians that surrounded her during her upbringing in Africa, India, and England. Gold Coast opens with "Words Hurt Too," a sad ballad about the ...
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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
The music of Rhian Benson is an exciting mélange of R&B, soul, jazz, reggae, hip-hop, and worldbeat. Her debut recording titled Gold Coast features the stunning vocalist interpreting 13 songs that she wrote and co-produced with James Poyser Lauryn Hill, the Roots, Jill Scott and Bob Power D'Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu. Her warm, jazz-influenced vocals are a natural result of her strong musical heritage both of her parents are musicians and by being nourished and encouraged by the profusion of music and musicians that surrounded her during her upbringing in Africa, India, and England. Gold Coast opens with "Words Hurt Too," a sad ballad about the insensitive remarks that can cause a great relationship to go wrong. Benson's sensitive interpretation captures the essence of heartbreak through her use of earthy blue notes and elongated rhythmic phrasings. Her voice is so unfeigned, and her lyrics are so heartfelt. On "The One," you can literally feel the sincerity in her voice as she asks "are you the one?" Benson also makes her listeners aware of her exceptional songwriting skills. Her creative use of metaphors makes her songs extremely simpatico especially on such songs as "Stealing My Peace of Mind,""Invincible," and "Gold Sky." Benson closes the set with "Spirit," a peaceful Ashanti ballad that delivers a sense of serenity, encouragement, and assurance to those seeking their way in life. Her voice is calm and assuring as she sings in the Ghanaian language over soft guitar chords and emotional string arrangements. Joined by a plethora of world-class musicians including Roy Hargrove on horns, Ndugu Chancler on drums, Alphonso Johnson on acoustic bass, and many others, Benson has brought an uncomplicated innocence and freedom from pretense to her music that should continue to attract a multitude of fans in the years ahead.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Top Sail Productions
  • UPC: 882967100722
  • Catalog Number: 71007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Words Hurt Too (4:02)
  2. 2 Say How I Feel (4:30)
  3. 3 Stealing My Peace of Mind (4:01)
  4. 4 Soul Boy (2:48)
  5. 5 Shake It Away (4:49)
  6. 6 Invincible (4:36)
  7. 7 The One (4:17)
  8. 8 Sing to the Child (3:40)
  9. 9 A Moment in Shrine (0:56)
  10. 10 I'm in a Bind (5:08)
  11. 11 Gold Sky (4:34)
  12. 12 Young Girl (3:18)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (0:04)
  14. 14 Spirit (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhian Benson Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Omar Hakim Drums
Roy Hargrove Horn
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums, Upright Bass
Walfredo Reyes Drums
James Genus Electric Bass
Jimmie Haskell Percussion
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
Alphonso Johnson Upright Bass
Michelle Johnson Background Vocals
David Leach Percussion
Pino Palladino Bass, Electric Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Bob Power Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
James Poyser Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Piano (Grand), Hammond B3
Kevin Ricard Percussion
Ralph Rolle Drums
Marco Mendoza Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Mike Elizondo Electric Bass
Chalmers Alford Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Brian Frazier Moore Drums
Joel Whitley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chalmers "Spanky" Alford Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Neil Carpenter Upright Bass
Lionel Loueke Acoustic Guitar
Dapo Torimiro Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Piano (Grand)
Technical Credits
Maxi Anderson Vocal Assistance
Clark Germain Engineer
Jimmie Haskell String Arrangements, String Conductor
Pino Palladino Executive Producer
Bob Power Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, String Conductor
James Poyser Producer
Jeffrey Weber Producer
Mike Ging Engineer, Digital Editing
Chris Wonzer Engineer
Andy Ackland Engineer, Digital Editing
Rhian Benson Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
China Danforth Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Suzanne Butah Arranger
Dapo Torimiro Arranger, Programming
Jeff Allen Vocal Assistance
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In The Minority Here

    Her voice is sultry but lacks depth and, on some tracks, range. The prodution is drum-tight however she doesn't take it to full boil (or even a simmer). I know different singers have different styles, but hers just don't do it for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rhian Benson is the next star of music!

    I bought this album after I heard "Say how I feel". As you listen to those words, your soul begins to move with the music. The whole album is off the hook!!!! Must Buy for all serious music lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Breath of Fresh Air.......Rhian Benson

    I first learned of this artist through an e-mail from BET.com. Upon hearing several of her tracks, I rushed out to buy this remarkable debut CD. Rhian Benson has a sultry, soulful sound that puts her in a league by herself, although she is compared to others. I highly recommend this CD to anyone reading this. The CD is a great compilation of R&B, jazz, blues, easy listening, etc. It will relax you after a hard day's work, and enhance the moment you are spending with that special someone! Also had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Benson live in Los Angeles. She also performs very well live! Go get this CD! You won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    future diva!

    A NEW STAR DIVA...SOUNDS LIKE A MIX OF SADE & LISA STANSFIELD...JUST PUT ON THE SOUNDS SIT BACK AND RELAX

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