Benjaman James is a Michigan-based, Traverse City-native artist, musician, and bandleader of a self-titled eight-piece pop-funk band.
As a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with roots in funk, jazz, R&B, and soul, Benjaman inspires his audience by generating dance-worthy, captivating, lyrical music that takes listeners on an energetic improvisational journey.
Benjaman features a collective of seven incredible Michigan-based musicians, including a heroic horn section that has made dancers out of the most static crowds since the band's conception in 2016.
Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater, Van Singel Fine Arts Center, Lansing Center, NPR - Michigan Radio, Bell's Eccentric Cafe, Short's Brewing Company, Empire Asparagus Festival, National Cherry Festival, Mackinac Arts Council's Music in the Park, Traverse City Opera House, Traverse City Film Festival, Leelanau Uncaged Festival, New Holland Brewing Company and many more.
Laith Al-Saadi, Twiddle, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Accidentals, May Erlewine & The Motivations, Desmond Jones, Michigander, Kenny Olson and many more.
"dance-fueled groove...a track that's liable to haunt your brain cells long after the music fades away" - Local Spins, November 2016