The long awaited sophomore album by British-Ghanaian singer and songwriter Rhian Benson is finally here.
With the help of Denmark's finest rising new star production duo, Jonas Rendbo and Daniel Fridell, Rhian Benson has begun preparing for the release of her much anticipated sophomore album - 'Hands Clean'. The album redefines modern soul as the MOBO Award winner drapes her voice across a soulful collection of starkly pulsating electronic grooves. These confessional tales of love, loss and life represent a bold, new direction for this unique artist as she journeys beyond the 'Gold Coast'.
Born in Accra, and raised in Wales, Ghana and India and the UK where she is now settled, Rhian grew up in a very musical environment. Her Welsh mother was an accomplished singer, and her father, an Ashanti naval officer, is a gifted guitarist. Rhian started playing piano at the age of nine and picked up guitar soon after and before long, a budding singer songwriter.
The gifted songstress, musician and writer co-produced her debut album with Grammy Award-winning producers Bob Power (Chaka Khan, A Tribe Called Quest) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo). The album's sound was a striking collection of moving songs, passionate melodies and rich production. All fused together underneath Rhian's velvety and captivating voice which drew comparisons to many classic soul greats including Sade and Phyllis Hyman. In 2004, Gold Coast was released to phenomenal international support and great critical acclaim.
Rhian's self-penned debut single 'Say How I Feel' was a Top 10 R&B hit in the US and Top 30 in the UK national charts. The video for the single featuring the model Tyson Beckford and an iconic looking Rhian instantly became MTV Base's #1 Most Played video.
It is clear from the first note, that there are only bigger things ahead for the exceptional Ms Benson.