Free Download: Ben Official - 'Circa 87 Vol. 1 Sampler' Mixtape
Nigerian born, and Chicago raised, Ben Official (Ben Ojei) offers up a taste of his smooth, silky vocals and R&B/soul vibe on his Circa 87 Vol. 1 sampler, including a brief preview of the upcoming Circa 87 Vol. 1 album itself, a project that he says he has 'put his heart and soul' into. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ben developed a love for neo-soul music and says that 'Chicago gave me a new understanding with artists such as Dave Hollister, BlackStreet, Carl Thomas and Brian McKnight. I found these voices quite different but highly interesting in their riffs and runs. It was my first introduction to gospel voices on R&B tracks/productions. I then found R&B Soul'.
Inspired by Toni Tony Tone and D'Angelo, his participation in high school talent shows and performing in church gave Ben the confidence to start making his own music at 17, and his Authentik Made and Zo The Beat Boi produced Circa 87 Vol. 1 sampler showcases the timelessly smooth tones and textures of his voice and his effortless ability to convey the subtlest shades of emotion, with the 'Preview' track giving listeners a foretaste of what to expect on the Circa 87 Vol. 1 album itself, set for release on 7.9.2013.