Ben Lee Ripens Up

Published: 2007-04-16
A sincere pop star in his home country of Australia, Ben Lee is trying to make it big across the ocean. With his 2005 release, Awake is the New Sleep he got his foot through the door. Who couldn't sing along to the catchy tune of "Catch My Disease"?

On his new release, Ripe Lee sticks to what he knows best, pop music. Working with producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews and Ben Folds) they focused on just that, pop hits. Lee spoke to, "I've never been skeptical about pop music, and I've always believed that the best song in the world should be the catchiest, and should be popular, and should be the cleverest, and the most soulful. I want my cake and I want to eat it, too!"

Like most artists these days the work belongs not only to one. Lee has a couple of collaborations on the new disc including, one with half of the rock punk duo Good Charlotte. Benji Madden and Lee penned the song "Love" together for the disc. Another collaboration that lines the tracks is one with Mandy Moore on a song titled "Birds and Bees".

Ripe is to be released this Fall.

Writer: Lindsey Peterson



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