Arlon Bennett is an Americana songsmith writing songs that recall Harry Chapin and vintage James Taylor, but with an eloquence, honesty, and sense of humor all his own. In short, Arlon's music tells of the human experience by bringing past relationships back to life and giving life to the inanimate.
'Summer’s Voice' is Arlon’s third and latest release (Red Sea Records). He lets you eavesdrop on a conversation with a Vietnam veteran, go a bus ride with Rosa Parks, and enjoy a red light on your third date, amongst other ordinary AND extraordinary vignettes. His foot-tapping songs will draw chills, laughs, and the contemplative 'Hmmm…' while he engages you with an All-American 'aw-shucks' charisma that you don't see around too often.
Arlon’s emergence in the Folk/Americana scene has grown steadily. While accumulating songwriting awards throughout North America, he has opened for such acts as Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Chris Stamey (dB’s), Michael Smith, Lesley Gore, and has sung with Livingston Taylor. Arlon also was twice selected by Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey to perform in his Music-to-Life showcase featuring America's best songs of social conciousness. Arlon is equally proud that his lyrics to “The Ace in Grace” (from his 1999 debut, Fountain of Dreams) were used in the official statue dedication of late tennis champion, humanitarian and personal hero, Arthur Ashe.
Recently, Arlon was invited by a presidential campaign to perform his song 'Be the Change' in a lineup that also included Bruce Hornsby, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Arlon’s music also reached another playing field when the New York Mets chose the title track of 'Summer’s Voice' to be featured in a tribute video to Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Murphy before a packed house at Shea Stadium.
There’s always something meaningful in Arlon’s songs because he recognizes the power of music to reach people. He gives his skills and talents to organizations like Hospice and “Wednesday’s Child” (NBC/Philadelphia), and participates in fundraising efforts for numerous causes.
Arlon is never afraid to experiment and push his boundaries. His inherent need to constantly evolve is unmistakable on 'Summer’s Voice'. And his music always comes from the heart. "It must come from the heart", he says, "…because the audience will always know otherwise".
“It’s the most rewarding way to communicate,” says Arlon. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
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