Hi folks. Im currently surrounded by words and music and pages of things that are coming together in a way I wasn't expecting. i'll be playing a few live shows here and there whilst i collate all this material and start to share with you in 2016 ;-) thanks for checking in. dB X
Declan finished up playing the role of Charlie Cotton on BBC's Eastenders this summer after having finished his year long run with the Original London Cast as 'Guy' in the Tony/Oscar/Grammy award winning 'Once'
Latest album - record:BREAKUP Live and Unplugged
The follow up to the full band version of his third album 'record:BREAKUP', Declan returned to the studio but this time armed only with an acoustic guitar and an audience to record the entire album live and unplugged. Listen and buy the album here - https://declanbennett.bandcamp.com/
Written over the course of 2 years after he released his
sophomore album An Innocent Evening of
Drinking in 2008, Declan Bennett releases the album record: BREAKUP
Recorded in New York City with a band of his closest
friends, British born Declan had been performing alongside Billie Joe Armstrong
in Tony/Grammy award winning ‘American Idiot’ on Broadway and post show,
gigging across New York, continually pushing the hours in a day to find an
audience for his music. Billie Joe unexpectedly turned up at one of Declan’s
late night gigs and was so moved by his new work, he stepped in to finance the
recording of the album demo.
His new musical concept tackles familiar stories of
heartbreak and infidelity in a collection of 12 songs, designed as one
continuous piece of music, encouraging the listener to engage in the sonic
expression of a journey through the final weeks of a relationship.
the intimacy of his first 2 acoustically lead records while introducing a
fuller, more electric feel. Declan balances his familiar, frank approach to
songwriting with an intriguing new move towards a bigger sound.
record:BREAKUP is a story
to be heard by all who have felt the urgency of love. The urgency of an end in
sight. The urgency of someone changing and moving on. Of leaving something
behind. And finally realizing the thing you were looking for, you may have had
all along. This BREAKUP is on record. This BREAKUP has been recorded. This
BREAKUP broke all the records.
Declan Bennett is a singer songwriter who writes candid pop
music for a generation steeped in therapy and conversation. His penchant for
sharing deeply honest tales of love and sexuality have won him a diverse and
devoted fan base across the UK and America, arousing a relentless desire to
listen to his unashamed, engaging lyrics again and again. No stranger to the
stage (with mainstream chart success by the age of 20, a lead role in the
award-winning pop biography ‘Taboo’ at 21, and an extended trip to America to
star as Roger in the cult rock opera RENT), Declan released his second
full-length album “An Innocent Evening Of Drinking” in April 08. He went on to
open for Boy George on his 31 date UK tour, widening his ever expanding
audience of listeners and soon after was asked to return to the States to join
the original cast of Green Days ‘American Idiot’ on Broadway. Last summer he
also starred alongside singer/songwriter Nellie McKay in his first feature film
‘Downtown Express’ and his most recent music video for his song 'Freer' won Most Moving Video at the
RightOut Video Music Awards. He released his 3rd album ‘record:BREAKUP’, in 2011 and the live unplugged version in 2013.
they've said about Declan and his music...
'Uncut ' **** (four-star review
of An Innocent Evening of Drinking)
' Far more than a showbiz wannabe.. Bennett has crafted some unusual variations
on the acoustic singer-songwriter template... frequently gripping lyrics' Adam Sweeting
'GT' **** (four-star review of
An Innocent Evening of Drinking)
'Declan's soulful vocals glide through the chatty, reflective lyrics. His
strong songwriting deserves a wider audience.'
'Rock'n'Reel' **** (four-star
review of 'An Innocent Evening of Drinking')
'A writer who can move effortlessly from the conversational, the confessional,
statements of intent, to the poetic, moving and tender, Bennett’s songs deliver
a powerful emotional punch without ever resorting to the usual
singer-songwriter trap of over-introspection.' Colin Hall
'He has a voice full of emotion and yearning, his lyrics and melodies have a
pop edge without being lazy or radio-desperate'
Boy George writing about Declan Bennett in
'Time Out London'
'I'm absolutely convinced that Declan Bennett is going to be
massive. I have his album on constant repeat'
'Little Britain's' Matt Lucas
'Declan is the real thing. He sings from the heart, and I defy anyone not to be
touched by his songs' – Linda Thompson