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Benjamin Russell is a singer-songwriter, painter, graphic artist, videographer and writer who was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and now lives in Montreal, Quebec. New CD - June 16, 2013. Called SUNDOG, it features a new version of Russell's CFNY hit from the 80's, "MIRACLE (Miracle of Love)". This album has a New Wave flavour with an upbeat vibe as Russell is in full Pop mode!
Fans who still request “Miracle”, one of Toronto radio station CFNY’s top songs of all time, and for which he was nominated "Most Promising Male Vocalist" in the CASBY Awards, or who watched the “Power of Love” video when it played in high rotation on Much Music back in the ‘80’s, will be pleased to discover this new version of Miracle. The song earned Russell a nomination for Most Promising Male Vocalist in the nationally televised 1985 CASBY Awards (Gowan won the award that year for Strange Animal). The original is now out of print but repeated requests from frustrated fans inspired Russell to re-record it for this album in a totally fresh arrangement with no synths in evidence, just real drums (played by Mike Bessette, Russell’s punk cohort from their band, The Strokes – no not that band, this band was first!), and tenor sax played by Russell (who loves his Jupiter sax!)
SUNDOG features additional guest performances from talented guitarist, Carlos Avila, and background vocals from the Beta Girls.
MIRACLE (Miracle of Love), an unabashed pop rock soul song, is the second single release from his next album called, "SUNDOG". He is simultaneously working on 2 other albums, an all-acoustic project called, RIVER OF STONE, and an electro dance project called, GURU GROAN.