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Big Honor for Reggie Benjamin at LA Black Music Awards
Benjamin (third from right) and Kerry Gordy (center).
International pop singer Reggie Benjamin won “America’s Next Star/Best New Artist” at the fifth annual Black Music Awards held on February 11 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. He is the first singer of Indian descent to have this honor.
Benjamin, who recently signed with Kerry Gordy, of Kerry Gordy Enterprises, Inc., (KGEI) is currently working on a new self-titled CD at studios in Los Angeles, which is scheduled for release in spring of 2006. Gordy, an award winning producer and executive, has been involved in the music industry for more than 20 years, beginning with Motown records. He founded KGEI in 1990.
“I was so excited when they called my name. This is definitely one of the
highlights of my career,” says Benjamin. “We’re working hard on the new CD and we hope to continue the momentum gained from receiving this prestigious award."
"Working with Kerry has really taken my career to the next level, and I’m thankful
for all his help and support,” he adds.
Benjamin, whose music fuses the sounds of R&B/pop with the beats of India
and classical Indian vocals, has had successful tours overseas and has been at the top of the club charts in more than 15 countries. His current release, “Ride,”
hit number four on the Billboard Break Out Dance Chart and is ranked on numerous international charts, including number six on the RA Radio chart in Germany and the top 50 in Brazil. His previous release, “Hurry Up” remains on the charts in many countries overseas; the Ukraine currently has it ranked as number 16.
In May 2005, Benjamin sang the national anthem at Dodgers Stadium prior to a game, and is in negotiations for performances with NASCAR.