Soul / Funk Rock / R& B / Jazz
These days, seasoned Texan vocalist/guitarist, Benjamin Cina [see-nuh], is just plain cold. The soft-spoken 27-year old recently saw his self-produced single of the same name (“Cold”) garner thousands of plays online in the first 24 hours following its digital release. The song features Dallas-based rap phenom DeWun and was shot on location in Austin, Texas – where Ben and his band currently reside.
Performing on a weekly basis to triple digit crowds in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ has become a welcomed norm, with no one more humble and visibly aware as to the significance of the public’s reception than the charismatic crooner himself.
As a recent graduate of the World Famous Vocal Jazz program at UNT (University of North Texas), Ben joins the likes of elite alums Norah Jones, Eli Young Band and the eagles, writing, recording and performing original songs – modern soul combined with classic blues and jazz – for more than eight years.
In the past year (2012) alone, Ben was invited to showcase his talent at the highly competitive SXSW music festival, in addition to touring the Lone Star State with stops in Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Galveston, College Station, San Antonio and Denton. Included in these are multiple encores at the legendary House of Blues, as well as promotional appearances on both FM radio formats and major television networks such as NBC and FOX. ROC Nation artist Rita Ora shared the stage with Ben in October of 2012 for a late night rendition of Usher’s “Nice and Slow,” only to later rave on Twitter about her experience.
Influences include beloved classics like Al Green and Curtis Mayfield to more modern songwriters like John Mayer, Maxwell or Gary Clark Jr. All play an identifiable role regarding the quality of craftsmanship, as well as attention to detail that Ben instills within his own music.
With his boyish good looks, southern charm and a voice to rival any contestant on The Voice or American Idol, Ben Cina is sure of one thing – his position within popular culture:
“I make music for everyone, from the jazz enthusiast or backpack hip hop fan to the classic 70’s soul funk lover. My philosophy is to just do something original and pay homage to the music that inspired me to write the kind of material that makes my story and what I have to say, unique. I just want people to have a good time with it.”