Gold Coast

Gold Coast

by Rhian Benson



The music of Rhian Benson is an exciting mélange of R&B, soul, jazz, reggae, hip-hop, and worldbeat. Her debut recording titled Gold Coast features the stunning vocalist interpreting 13 songs that she wrote and co-produced with James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, the Roots, Jill Scott) and Bob Power (D'Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu). Her warm, jazz-influenced vocals are a natural result of her strong musical heritage (both of her parents are musicians) and by being nourished and encouraged by the profusion of music and musicians that surrounded her during her upbringing in Africa, India, and England. Gold Coast opens with "Words Hurt Too," a sad ballad about the insensitive remarks that can cause a great relationship to go wrong. Benson's sensitive interpretation captures the essence of heartbreak through her use of earthy blue notes and elongated rhythmic phrasings. Her voice is so unfeigned, and her lyrics are so heartfelt. On "The One," you can literally feel the sincerity in her voice as she asks "are you the one?" Benson also makes her listeners aware of her exceptional songwriting skills. Her creative use of metaphors makes her songs extremely simpatico especially on such songs as "Stealing My Peace of Mind,""Invincible," and "Gold Sky." Benson closes the set with "Spirit," a peaceful Ashanti ballad that delivers a sense of serenity, encouragement, and assurance to those seeking their way in life. Her voice is calm and assuring as she sings in the Ghanaian language over soft guitar chords and emotional string arrangements. Joined by a plethora of world-class musicians including Roy Hargrove on horns, Ndugu Chancler on drums, Alphonso Johnson on acoustic bass, and many others, Benson has brought an uncomplicated innocence and freedom from pretense to her music that should continue to attract a multitude of fans in the years ahead.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Top Sail Productions
UPC: 0882967100722
catalogNumber: 71007

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhian Benson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Omar Hakim   Drums
Roy Hargrove   Horn
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums,Upright Bass
Walfredo Reyes   Drums
James Genus   Electric Bass
Jimmie Haskell   Percussion
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion
Alphonso Johnson   Upright Bass
Michelle Johnson   Background Vocals
David Leach   Percussion
Pino Palladino   Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Bob Power   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
James Poyser   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Piano (Grand),Hammond B3
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Ralph Rolle   Drums
Marco Mendoza   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Mike Elizondo   Electric Bass
Chalmers Alford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brian Frazier Moore   Drums
Joel Whitley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Neil Carpenter   Upright Bass
Lionel Loueke   Acoustic Guitar
Dapo Torimiro   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Piano (Grand)

Technical Credits

Maxi Anderson   Vocal Assistance
Clark Germain   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Pino Palladino   Executive Producer
Bob Power   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,String Conductor
James Poyser   Producer
Jeffrey Weber   Producer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Chris Wonzer   Engineer
Andy Ackland   Engineer
Rhian Benson   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
China Danforth   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Suzanne Butah   Arranger
Dapo Torimiro   Arranger,Programming
Jeff Allen   Vocal Assistance

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Gold Coast 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her voice is sultry but lacks depth and, on some tracks, range. The prodution is drum-tight however she doesn't take it to full boil (or even a simmer). I know different singers have different styles, but hers just don't do it for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first learned of this artist through an e-mail from Upon hearing several of her tracks, I rushed out to buy this remarkable debut CD. Rhian Benson has a sultry, soulful sound that puts her in a league by herself, although she is compared to others. I highly recommend this CD to anyone reading this. The CD is a great compilation of R&B, jazz, blues, easy listening, etc. It will relax you after a hard day's work, and enhance the moment you are spending with that special someone! Also had the pleasure of seeing Ms. Benson live in Los Angeles. She also performs very well live! Go get this CD! You won't regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this album after I heard "Say how I feel". As you listen to those words, your soul begins to move with the music. The whole album is off the hook!!!! Must Buy for all serious music lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago