Ben Lee Biography
Ben Lee is one of those rare examples of someone who got their start in the music business at a young age, and has been able grow and mature with his music, while building a career and sustaining a level of success along the way. Ben came on the scene in his early teens in Sydney, as a member of the punk band Noise Addict. Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore became a champion for the band, and released the group’s demo tape as an EP in the US on his Ecstatic Peace label. The first single, “I Wish I Was Him,” caught the attention of the Beastie Boy’s Mike Diamond. That single followed by the Young And Jaded EP were released via the Beastie Boys’ label, Grand Royal. At 16, Ben Lee recorded his first solo album Grandpa Would in both Sydney and Chicago, with producer and long-time collaborator Brad Wood. Ben continued to split time (and success) between the United States and Australia, as he released his next two albums, Breathing Tornadoes and Hey You. Yes You.
In 2005 Ben released Awake Is The New Sleep on New West Records. That album contained the smash hit “Catch My Disease,” which was a hit at radio and to this day still gets TV and advertising placements, including Grey’s Anatomy and a massive Dell Computer ad campaign. Ben released his follow up on New West, Ripe, in September 2007. The album garnered much of the same success in film and TV placement, including a world-wide advertising campaign by Coca-Cola. Ben has currently finished recording his next album, again with Brad Wood, which is slated to come out in February 2009.