After teasing his new project at the end of 2022 with ‘Levitate’ and ‘Sky Has Open Doors’, which have already garnered nearly half a million plays online, award-winning French Soul troubadour BEN L’ONCLE SOUL is excited to announce the upcoming release of his sixth studio album IS IT YOU? set for release on February 17 via his own independent label Enchanté in collaboration with Believe. Along with the album announcement, Ben L’Oncle Soul has also unveiled the lush new track ‘A ROSE’, as featured in Earmilk, to serve as the official lead single for his highly anticipated album.
Composed by Ben L’Oncle Soul and produced by long-time collaborator Alex Finkin (Aloe Blacc, Les Coquettes), ‘A Rose’ sees Ben L’Oncle Soul transforming the classic hundred-year-old poem ‘The Rose Family’ by Robert Frost into a soulful melodic R&B-soul ballad for the ages. The track is driven by Ben’s enchanting voice and glorious melodies, as well as Finkin’s lush guitar and string arrangements, which form the perfect soundscape for Ben to tell his life-affirming story of the beauty that is ready to bloom in each of us, and further tease the arrival of his ‘Is It You?’ album.
Speaking about the inspiration behind ‘A Rose’, Ben L’Oncle Soul says, “I’ve always been fascinated by roses… Every time I look at one, I fall in love again. When my friend Alex read me this poem by Robert Frost, the instruments just started to dance. The accompanying video for ‘A Rose’ is a journal style collection of visual fragments and scribbles. Glimpses of the everyday. And it is at the same time, an exploration of the vertical video that due to smartphones and social media has not only become commonplace, but also a way we look at the world”.
ABOUT BEN L’ONCLE SOUL
Ben L’Oncle Soul began his music career after graduating from the School of Fine Arts in his hometown, Tours, Indre-et-Loire, in France. He later joined the Fitiavana Gospel Choir in 2004, and helped the Tours-based choir record their first album ‘I Have A Dream’ in 2009. The soul troubadour would then go onto sign with Motown Records (Universal Music France) and release his first EP ‘Soul Wash: Lesson 1’ in 2009, followed by his self-titled debut album ‘Ben l’Oncle Soul’ in 2010, which reached #5 on the French Album Charts – the rest as they say is history.
With five acclaimed albums under his belt and over 200 million streams, the French soul star is certified multi-platinum in his home country France, where he has also won a Globes de Cristal award for ‘Best Male Singer’ and a Victoires de la Musique award – the equivalent of the Grammy Awards in France – for ‘Live Breakthrough’. Internationally, Ben L’Oncle Soul has also achieved chart success in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland, among other countries, while also touring all over the world, including Montreal’s International Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, to mention a few.
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