An Australian singer says he’s looking forward to returning to Brighton in September as part of his UK tour.
Ben Abraham, best known for writing songs like Kesha’s hit Praying, is now bringing his own brand of soulful music to the south coast.
The 37-year-old has previously played in Brighton but is now back with a renewed appreciation for British audiences as well as a new album.
Ben said: “I haven’t toured that much. This is basically a follow up of places I have traveled in the past.
“I played about six years ago and touring the UK is great because the UK audience is so thoughtful.
“I’m really proud of this record and what we’ve made. It’s so great that my work takes me all over the world.”
Ben’s new album Friendly Fire emerged from a transitional phase in his life.
For the past six years he has explored issues of spirituality and sexuality that have greatly influenced his work.
Raised in Melbourne as the son of church pastors, the role religion plays in his music is clear.
And after becoming public in an Instagram post in February, his new music is heavily influenced by this personal journey.
He said: “I’ve really challenged my faith and really expanded my understanding of myself and my spirituality and my sexuality and challenged my identity as a result.
“The album really is this fusion of bigger, poppier songs than I’ve ever written, coupled with a desire to tell me a really personal and intense story.”
Ben is certainly a singer who has benefited from the rise of social media.
With more than 200,000 followers on TikTok, he has used the platform to his advantage alongside a slew of popular music videos.
His latest single, If I Didn’t Love You, features Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
His other video series, a collaboration with artists in which he walks and sings in various parks, has also proved popular.
“A walk and sing in Brighton would be fantastic!” he says when I propose the idea to him.
He adds: “Brighton would be the perfect place, a walk by the sea would be fantastic.”
However, Ben notes that previous attempts at a walk-and-sing video in London have been less successful.
Unlike in Los Angeles, where he lives, in Islington he’s not used to being harassed by retirees while filming.
As he prepares to trade California for the Sussex coast, he looks forward to Brighton, where he has fond memories of previous tours.
His conclusion: “It’s exciting! I can’t wait, I’m looking forward to getting to know the people of Brighton.”
Ben Abraham performs at Patterns on Tuesday 6th September.
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