Research has shown that listening to Benny Sings immediately elevates your mood. Don’t ask us for stats, just take our word for it. It’s impossible to listen to the Dutch artist’s soul-infused brand of yacht-rock and not smile. And as his recent Tiny Desk (Home) Concert proves, The Benny Effect is further amplified when watching him perform, even in the simplest of settings.
In addition to putting his skills on display, the quirky musician uses the platform to shine a light on some of his talented friends. Benny begins the set with a solo version of “Apartment,” a Free Nationals collaboration lifted from their eponymous debut album released late last year. The singer-songwriter has nothing but love for the group and their mentor Anderson .Paak. Next, he shouts out musical wiz PJ Morton before delivering a lovely rendition of the song they co-wrote, “Sunny Afternoon.” Before the brief set ends, Benny expresses gratitude to his musical support: June Fermie (background vocals), Colin Lee (drums), Bram Wassink (bass) and Adam Bar Pereg (keys).
The lyrics of his final song “Music” take on new meaning in light of the pandemic and social distancing. “Music, help me through this / I can’t do this all on my own.” If this ain’t the truth…whew! Scroll down to watch Benny Sings and crew bring some aural sunshine, then head to Bandcamp to get your copies of “Music” and “Sunny Afternoon.” Afterwards, keep up with the artist on Instagram and Twitter.