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Inside a music culture dominated by bands, Ben Lee turned heads when you are among the youngest singer/songwriters to create an impression within the Australian music scene. Actually before the release of his single career, Lee captivated interest in his teenagers as an associate from the Sydney music group Noise Addict. Following a band’s demise within the middle-’90s, he started issuing a string of acclaimed single albums while getting involved in many side projects, like the Bens. In 1993, on the effectiveness of a homemade four-track demonstration documented in Lee’s bedroom, Sound Addict were able to convince Fallaheen Information’ professional Steve Pavlovic (who, like a promoter, brought Nirvana to Australia) to view their debut overall performance at a collection book sale. An archive deal implemented, and Pavlovic’s cable connections immediately gained the music group many high-profile supporting travels, and a number of well-known supporters. Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore became an early on champion for Sound Addict and released the group’s demonstration tape (today packed as an EP and entitled DEF) by himself Ecstatic Tranquility label. The associates of Sound Addict had been 14 yrs . old at that time. The band’s initial one, “I Wish I USED TO BE Him,” was a satirical tribute towards the Lemonheads’ Evan Dando that influenced Dando to record his personal cover edition. The Beastie Kids’ Mike Gemstone also became a lover, and Sound Addict started issuing material within the Beastie Kids’ label Grand Royal. The Adolescent and Jaded EP, composed of six acoustic tracks again documented in Lee’s bedroom, premiered via that label collaboration, however touring was limited due to the group’s dedication to school. However, Lee continued going after music by documenting his 1st single recording, Grandpaw Would, both in Sydney and Chicago. At that time 16 yrs . old, he toured to get the recording with an American support music group. A full-length record by Sound Addict followed, as well as the bandmates (at that time senior high school graduates) loaded their luggage for an American tour. However, the group split up soon after, as well as the 18-year-old Lee returned to his classical guitar for another single album, Something to keep in mind Me By. Lee shortly found himself within the uncommon situation of offering more records in the us than in his homeland, both altogether volume and per capita. That transformed with the discharge of 1998’s Inhaling and exhaling Tornadoes, imagined up in his LA apartment and refined within the studio room using mainly synthesized noises. The one “Tobacco Will Eliminate You” became a pervasive Australian strike, and Lee appreciated the newfound great things about his celebrity life style, including a romantic relationship with celebrity Claire Danes. Hey You. Yes You. premiered over the Modular label in 2002, pairing Lee’s pop/rock and roll songcraft using the beat-heavy creation of Dan the Automator. 2 yrs later, Lee remaining Modular and concurrently launched his personal label in Australia, Ten Fingertips, and authorized with New Western in the us. They both released Awake May be the New Rest in 2005. The recording proceeded to go double-platinum in Australia, propelled partly by the solitary “Capture My Disease.” Lee lost little time following the album’s conclusion, delving immediately right into a three-year creation period for his follow-up work. Ripe ultimately found its way to Sept 2007, celebrating the songwriter’s 15-yr anniversary within the music business with another batch of cheery pop tracks, while 2009’s Rebirth of Venus paid sonic tribute towards the Roman goddess of like. Meanwhile, Lee resolved down and wedded Donovan’s girl Ione Skye, with whom he previously a girl in past due 2009. Lee’s 8th single recording, Deeper Into Fantasy, premiered in Oct of 2011 by fresh label Dangerbird. His ninth studio room, Ayahuasca: Thanks for visiting the task, a cooperation with Argentinian-Australian celebrity and musician Jessica Chapnik, implemented in 2013. 2 yrs later he came back using the pop-driven Like May be the Great Rebellion, his initial outing for Warner Bros. Independence, Like & The Recuperation from the Human Brain, his 11th studio room long-player, implemented in 2016.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ben Lee
Date Of Birth September 11, 1978
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actor, Singer-songwriter, Film Score Composer
Education Loyola Marymount University
Nationality Australian
Spouse Ione Skye
Children Goldie Priya Lee
Awards Clio Award for Film
Music Groups Noise Addict, The Bens, Gerling, The Frogs
Music Songs Catch My Disease, Cigarettes Will Kill You, Gamble Everything for Love, We're All in This Together, Love Me Like the World Is Ending, I Love Pop Music, Song For The Divine Mother Of The Universe, Ache for You, Something Borrowed Something Blue, Nothing Much Happens, Into the Dark, No Right Angles, Birthday Song, Ship My Body Home, Apple Candy, Away With the Pixies, What's So Bad ?, Close I've Come, Pop Queen, The Body of Love, What Would Jay-Z Do?, How To Survive A Broken Heart, Is This How Love's Supposed to Feel?, I'm Willing, No Room to Bleed, The Debt Collectors, I Am a Sunflower, Get Gotten, Sandpaperback, I'm With The Star, Goodbye to Yesterday, Bad Poetry
Albums Awake Is the New Sleep, Breathing Tornados, The Rebirth of Venus, Grandpaw Would, Hey You. Yes You., Something to Remember Me By, Ripe, Bananimals, iTunes Originals – Ben Lee, Love Is the Great Rebellion, Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work, Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind, Deeper into Dream, A mixtape from Ben Lee, Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam For The Whole Family
Nominations AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score, MTV Australia Award for Song of the Year, MTV Australia Award for Album of the Year
Movies Ben Lee: Catch My Disease, Bear, The Square, Spider, The Rage in Placid Lake
TV Shows I Love the New Millennium, I Love the '90s, 100 Most Shocking Music Moments, 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s, The Great Debate


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#Fact
1 Currently touring the United States, Canada, and Australia to promote his new album, "Awake Is the New Sleep". [March 2005]
2 Stepfather of Kate Netto (Ione's daughter). Uncle of Violet Lilac Jean Leitch and Donovan Evers Leitch (Donovan Jr.'s children), Coco Sian Ryder and Sebastian Kerr Pisal (Oriole's children).
3 Brother-in-law of Donovan Leitch Jr. with Libby Mintz, Astrella Celeste with Jason P.Rothberg and Oriole Nebula Leitch.
4 Son-in-law of Donovan and Enid Graddis aka Enid Karl (Née Enid Stulberger).
5 Daughter with Ione Skye, Goldie Pryia Lee, born September 24, 2009.
6 Was one of the major performers at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia on 25th March 2006.
7 Frequently quoted saying 2005's Awake Is the New Sleep "is not a break-up album" (referring to his recent split with actress Claire Danes).
8 Wrote "I Wish I Was Him" as a tribute to Evan Dando of The Lemonheads.
9 Is often compared to Bob Dylan.
10 Creator of a music label called "Ten Fingers".
11 Attended a Jewish school in Sydney.
12 Liz Phair did the backing vocals on his 1994 single "Away With the Pixies".
13 Started recording songs in his bedroom when he was thirteen.
14 In 2004, he released an EP called "The Bens", which he recorded with Ben Folds and Ben Kweller.
15 "Catch My Disease," his first song to get a lot of radio play in the US, contains the lyrics "They play not me on the radio/and that's the way I like it".
16 His back up band is called "Soldiers of Bliss." His keyboardist is longtime friend Lara Meyerratken.
17 His album "Awake Is the New Sleep," (released 22 February 2005) reached the #7 spot in Australia.
18 Moved to New York City at 18.
19 Frontman of defunct punk band "Noise Addict"
20 Broke up with Claire Danes after she began a relationship with Billy Crudup
21 Released a single in 2002 with Evan Dando and Jason Schwartzman
22 Longtime boyfriend of Claire Danes.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 2014 Documentary performer: "We're All In This Together" / writer: "We're All In This Together"
Guapas 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Voice TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Furry Vengeance 2010 performer: "Surrender" / writer: "Surrender"
Passenger Side 2009 writer: "Hard Drive"
Grey's Anatomy 2005-2009 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Inside the Square 2009 Video documentary short producer: "Unloved Letters" / writer: "Unloved Letters"
Scrubs 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Beethoven's Big Break 2008 Video "Walking on Sunshine" / producer: "You And Me", "Life Is A Dog"
Packed to the Rafters TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
The Square 2008 producer: "How Lovers Pray", "The Solution", "This Life Is Sweet", "Unloved Letters", "Feed The Fire", "Sand" / writer: "How Lovers Pray", "The Solution", "This Life Is Sweet", "Unloved Letters", "Feed The Fire", "Sand"
Men in Trees 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Tree Hill TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2003 - 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Singing Bee 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Spider 2007 Short "Make your move"
Hidden Palms TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile 2006 Video performer: "Birthday Song" / writer: "Birthday Song"
Weeds TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
John Tucker Must Die 2006 performer: "Float On"
Just Friends 2005/I performer: "Catch My Disease" / writer: "Catch My Disease"
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 2005 performer: "Catch My Disease" / writer: "Catch My Disease"
The Rage in Placid Lake 2003 performer: "Naked" / writer: "Naked"
Smallville 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Crackerjack 2002 performer: "Cigarettes Will Kill You"
Opposite Sex TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Daria 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Playing by Heart 1998 performer: "Cigarettes Will Kill You" 1998 / writer: "Cigarettes Will Kill You" 1998
Desert Blue 1998 "Sleepwalking"
There's Something About Mary 1998 performer: "How to Survive a Broken Heart" / writer: "How to Survive a Broken Heart"
Best Men 1997 performer: "Burn To Shine" / writer: "Burn To Shine"
Blackrock 1997 performer: "Portable Walt Whitman" / writer: "Portable Walt Whitman"
The Baby-Sitters Club 1995 performer: "Don't Leave" / writer: "Don't Leave"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 3 Minute Talk Show 2011 TV Series
The Rage in Placid Lake 2003 Placid Lake

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bear 2011/I Short original music by
Spider 2007 Short original music by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Square 2008 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RoundTable Global: Live from Los Angeles 2017 TV Movie Himself
Star Spirits 2015 TV Series Himself
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself (voice)
The Voice 2013 TV Series Himself - Team Joel Mentor
The Fogelnest Files 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Ben Lee: Catch My Disease 2011 Documentary Himself
The 3 Minute Talk Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Life Unexpected 2010 TV Series Himself
Undateable 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary
Neighbours 2010 TV Series Himself
The 7PM Project 2009 TV Series Himself
Rove Live 2003-2009 TV Series Himself
Inside the Square 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2009 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
The Merrick & Rosso Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Great Australian Albums 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the New Millennium 2008 TV Mini-Series Himself
Spread TV 2007 TV Series Himself
Getaway 2004-2007 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006-2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Himself
Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig 2006 Documentary Himself
I Love Toys 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
VH1: All Access 2005 TV Series Himself
The 19th Annual ARIA Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1999-2005 TV Series Himself
Total Request Live 2005 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Instant Talk Show 2005 TV Series Himself
The Glass House 2003-2004 TV Series Himself
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years 2002 TV Movie Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 1999 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Getaway 2007 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 ARIA Music Award ARIA Music Awards Best Original Soundtrack Album The Square (2008) · Nic Johns (producer)
· Jessica Chapnik Kahn (performer)
2008 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Original Music Score The Square (2008) · François Tétaz


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