Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Artist You Should Know

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From KCRW DJ Jason Kramer:

About a year ago, I was browsing the web and came across an amazing video called “Atlas Hands”. The singer had a soft and inviting voice and style of writing that grabbed my attention.

Fast forward to today – and a million hits later — UK singer Benjamin Francis Leftwich is packing houses on his new world tour. He signed a deal with Vagrant Records last year and released a record called “Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm”.

I got in touch with Ben shortly after hearing the song. We immediately started chatting through email and instant messenger about his life and goals in music, and also about what song writing meant to him. “Atlas Hands“, a song he wrote in college, is about setting out on a journey and reflecting about the importance of experiences.


Benjamin is a very humble and an extremely giving artist. On his first trip to LA last year, he sent out a few emails to friends asking if anyone would like to have him play at their house party. A fan of his EP wrote back and I was lucky enough to be in attendance so we could finally meet in person.

Now on his second tour to the U.S., he describes how amazing people have been.

“At each gig, there have been people who’ve known my music and that feels great”, he says. Since being on his longest tour, he now has time to write new material. “I just want to keep coming back here and touring as much as possible and keep playing shows”.

He will be playing at Hotel Café on TONIGHT at 8pm. This is a show you do not want to miss.

— Jason Kramer

Editor’s Note: Check out this earlier write up on Benjamin by Mario Cotto.