Written for Kurrent Music
Published November 3rd 2015
Say Ben, Are You A Little Bit Country?
So, there you are. It’s 2014 and you have just won the 11th series of X Factor in the UK. While the Bill Withers’ soul classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” got you in the competition, you took the winnings with One Republic’s ”Something I Need”, which then got to number one on Christmas! This is the story of Ben Haenow.
The soul in his voice probably comes from a life full of challenges. Ben started battling a depression and an alcohol addiction at the early age of 14, not being able to deal with his parents’ divorce and his mom having to work all the time (she was juggling multiple jobs to make ends meet).
Now, at the age of 30, and with last year’s Christmas number one in his pocket, life is looking a lot better.