August 31, 2016 / Snug Harbor
Benji Hughes is an American musical artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. On July 22, 2008, Benji Hughes released his debut album, entitled A Love Extreme on New West Records. A Love Extreme is a double-disc album containing 25 songs. It was recorded with acclaimed producer and Los Angeles session musician Keefus Ciancia. Hughes’ live band during this period contained a rotating cast of notable members, including Barbara Gruska (of Jenny Lewis and The Belle Brigade) on drums; two of Hughes’ former Muscadine bandmates: solo-artist and producer Jonathan Wilson on guitar and backing vocals, and Stacey Leazer on bass; solo artist and producer Jon Lindsay on keyboards and backing vocals; Ciancia on keyboards; and veteran Charlotte musicians Peter Gray (guitar) and David Kim (drums), among others.
Hughes has had several songs featured in various television shows, including Beverly Hills, 90210, Chuck (TV series), How I Met Your Mother and Eastbound and Down (the song, Kenny, was released as a single on 12 April 2012). Hughes was also a contributing songwriter for the 2007 film Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Benji Hughes also made a cameo appearance in the 2009 film Gentlemen Broncos as Benjamin Purvis’ father, only ever depicted in a photograph.
In 2011 Hughes appeared on Jeff Bridges’ self-titled country album. He also appeared on Meshell Ndegeocello’s album Weather, contributing vocals on two songs and receiving writing credit on three.
Hughes released four new albums via his website in November 2014. XXOXOXX, Songs in the Key of Animals, and OXOXOXOXOX are bundled as a set on 4 CDs or a flash drive. LILILIL is a children’s concept album set in outer space available as a separate purchase on Compact Disc only.