Essex might be the new Nashville, with yet another star rising from its clutches. Ben Selleck – a music teacher for over ten years – releases his debut single this month, with a view to building a solo career and take his musical venture on the road and around the world. Vocally inspired by soul legends Al Green and Marvin Gaye, and lyrically inspired by the likes of The Eagles, James Taylor, and Brothers Osborne, Selleck has always had a love of music.
“The country genre has always been close to my heart and the UK scene, particularly during this pandemic, has inspired me creatively like never before. It led me to write an album worth of simple songs that tell stories about my life in ways I could never have portrayed as a younger man.”
The track opens with a gorgeous electric guitar. Its tone is very vintage, and as the percussion kicks in, there’s a real 1970s Eagles vibe. It’s very rock-n-roll country – easy to listen to, but inviting and exciting at the same time. Singing the age-old analogy of ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’, Selleck hones in on our differences but also our likenesses – although lockdowns and quarantine periods have magnified our diversity, we still have much in common. Selleck’s soulful vocal performance harkens back to his soul and Motown inspirations. The track was recorded remotely, with Selleck on keys and lead vocals, accompanied by a supreme cast of other musicians: Ben Rudge on drums, Amy Hamilton on backing vocals, and guitars by mixing and mastering engineer Adam Wright.