will kick off his new CD and tour with a record release party headlining the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on July 16th and in-store performance to follow on July 17th at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square. Jelen will then set out on tour with Pete Yorn
on his East Coast tour starting in St. Louis on July 21st.
Ben Jelen's sophomore CD ex-sensitive will be available in stores on July 17th through Linda Perry's Custard label. Jelen is the first artist release for 2007 from Custard, home to multi-platinum selling "You're Beautiful" singer James Blunt
. Jelen recorded the tracks for the album with producer/label head Linda Perry
whom also mixed the majority of the songs in addition to two mixes from famed producer Bill Bottrell (Shelby Lynne
, Tom Petty
, Rosanne Cash
, Elton John
Jelen, whose first album was released in 2004 (Give It All Away
, Maverick Records), sought Perry's éclat as an artistic luminary to produce his second album. When first meeting with Ben at her studio, Linda found him as that ever-rarer gem in today's music landscape: a unique artist who is best served when serving only to his art. "Lyrically and melodically, Ben's perspective is creative, visual and beautifully stated," says Perry. Production soon began to capture Ben's vision with an organic, classic approach. Upon recognizing their achievement during the production, Perry made the decision to release the CD through her own Custard label.
Jelen's latest CD speaks of his growth as an artist, songwriter and human being. "I feel like I have lived a bit more, I know who I am right now and I feel we captured that on the album," he says. Jelen has long dedicated a significant portion of his time to working with organizations and charities (United Nations, Natural Resources Defense Council, Live For Darfur, Amnesty International, Rock The Vote, among others) that he feels are affecting change in a positive and meaningful way, a common theme throughout ex-sensitive. Jelen's career has given him the opportunity to work closely with such organizations and as a result, Jelen has developed a strong ethos for using his voice not only to express himself, but also to speak out on behalf of others.
Coming from her own perspective as an artist, it was a natural progression for Perry to develop Custard as an artist driven label, thus enabling Perry to lend a direct hand in nurturing Jelen's album from the very inception and on through every stage of the creative, production and release process.
Ben recently played the Troo Music stage at Bonnaroo and is looking forward to opening for Pete Yorn with additional dates to be announced.
7/16 Bowery Ballroom (Album Release party) New York, NY
7/17 Virgin Megastore in Union Square New York, NY
7/21 St. Louis Fair * St. Louis, MO
7/22 Headliner's Music Hall* Louisville, KY
7/24 Chameleon Club* Lancaster, PA
7/25 Crocodile Rock* Allentown, PA
7/27 The Chance* Poughkeepsie, NY
7/28 Stone Pony Summerstage* Asbury Park, NJ
7/29 Bottle and Cork * Dewey Beach, DE
8/1 House of Blues* N. Myrtle Beach, SC
8/2 The Norva Theater* Norfolk, VA
8/7 Webster Theater* Hartford, CT
8/14 Carnegie Library of Homestead* Munhall, PA
8/16 Voodoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino* N. Kansas City, MO
8/17 Whiskey Roadhouse at Horseshoe Casino* Council Bluffs, IA
8/18 The Rave* Milwaukee, WI
*Denotes shows opening for Pete Yorn
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