Following a debut #1 single release, Ben Selleck is back to share a little Soul Food. Essex-based and heavily inspired by Marvin Gaye and Brothers Osborne alike, Selleck has used the COVID lockdowns to rekindle his love affair with songwriting.
Soul Food is just what we all need right now. It’s relevant and topical: representing the first tentative steps out of lockdown and those first few reconnections with family and friends. Selleck hopes listeners will feel the positivity behind both the lyrical content and the music. He explains, “The soul food link gave me and the musicians scope to explore a more southern, gospel type of feel as well as my Country & Soul roots that I hope become a familiar theme to my music.” Indeed, the song is very gospel-influenced, full of big choral harmonies and southern-style guitar. Featuring both a horn solo from Paul Beddow (Faux Fighters UK) and a star-studded gospel choir – which includes Rachel Sellick of Scarlet River Management – Soul Food delivers a little more New Orleans than Nashville. But when it sounds this good, that’s fine by me.
“I have had so much fun recording this track,” Selleck shares. “It wasn’t until Lockdown eased and I finally got to meet up with band members when the idea to create a more New Orleans vibe was discussed. I’m so indebted to these musicians for giving me their time and creating something that I’m really proud of in this single.”