My name is Arlon Bennett
And I am a Husband, Father, Songwriter, and student of continuing education at Life State University. Oh yeah, and an outspoken warrior and biohacker against Parkinson’s disease. That last one is a zinger, but I must say it has been a great teacher. For as much as I h ave cursed it, I have thanked it. ..OK, maybe I have cursed it more. I tend not to count the ones under my breath 😉
”Nuff said. I have a lot to share on life, health, music and general pursuit of happiness.
Arlon’s emergence in the Folk/Americana scene has grown steadily. While accumulating songwriting awards throughout North America, he has opened for such acts as Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Jill Sobule, Michael Smith, Lesley Gore, and has sung with Livingston Taylor. Arlon also was twice selected by Noel ‘Paul’ Stookey to perform in his Music2Life showcase featuring America’s best songs of social consciousness. Arlon is equally proud that his lyrics to “The Ace in Grace” (from his 1999 debut, Fountain of Dreams) were used in the official statue dedication of late tennis champion, humanitarian and personal hero, Arthur Ashe.
‘Summer’s Voice’ is Arlon’s third and latest release (Red Sea Records). He lets you eavesdrop on a conversation with a Vietnam veteran, go on a bus ride with Rosa Parks, and enjoy a red light kiss on your third date, amongst other ordinary AND extraordinary vignettes. His foot-tapping songs will draw chills, laughs, and the contemplative ‘Hmmm…’ while he engages you with an All-American ‘aw-shucks’ charisma that you don’t see around too often.
Recently, Arlon was invited by a presidential campaign to perform his song ‘Be the Change’ in a lineup that also included Bruce Hornsby, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Arlon’s music also reached another playing field when the New York Mets chose the title track of ‘Summer’s Voice’ to be featured in a tribute video to Hall of Fame sportscaster Bob Murphy before a packed house at Shea Stadium.
There’s always something meaningful in Arlon’s songs because he recognizes the power of music to reach people. He gives his skills and talents to organizations like Hospice and “Wednesday’s Child” (NBC/Philadelphia), and participates in fundraising efforts for numerous causes including the Hudson Valley Food Bank.
Arlon is never afraid to experiment and push his boundaries. His innate need to constantly evolve is unmistakable on ‘Summer’s Voice’. And his music always comes from the heart. “It’s the most rewarding way to communicate,” says Arlon. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
"Music is a moral law; It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
Some Career Highlights
The song '7 Days' (from 'The Watch Man' CD)
used in the movie 'Handsome Harry' starring Steve Buscemi, Aidan Quinn, Campbell Scott. Directed by Bette Gordon.
Lyrics to 'The Ace in Grace'
used in Arthur Ashe statue dedication in Richmond, VA.
The song 'Summer's Voice' (from 'Summer's Voice CD')
used by the NY Mets to honor Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Murphy.
Rose Garden Songwriting Competition.
'Summer's Voice' CD
picked as a Top-ten record of the year by Hal Selzer of Aquarian Weekly (2007).
'Be the Change'
is the #9 most played song on roots radio (Folk-DJ's) in America (2007).
2-time Music2Life finalist and showcase artist
Selected by Noel Stookey ('Paul' of Peter, Paul, & Mary) and his Public Domain Foundation (www.pdfoundation.org).
Opened a presidential campaign fundraiser
featuring Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bruce Hornsby.
Selected formal showcase artist
at 2005 SW Regional Folk Alliance conference.
at the prestigeous Kerrville 'New Folk' Performing Songwriter contest.
gives me an old guitar he had.
at Camp Wakpominee.