Winning multiple awards at the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival, it’s hard to believe Benny Allen Never Knew I Was Country.
Benny took home an Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award, as well as two ICMA (Indie Country Music Australia) Awards, all off the back of his debut album Never Knew I was Country, which made it to No. 7 on the iTunes Country Chart.
The first single from the album, Day One of Missing You, had a heartwarming reception, for both the intensity expressed in the performance, as well as the styling of the accompanying music video, which has been played regularly on Foxtel CMC’s Alt-Country segments.
Subsequent radio singles from the album have consistently charted in the AMRAP AirIt Top 10, and the album, songs and Benny have been recognised within the Americana, Indie and Alt-Country music scene, with multiple award nominations and finalist positions - both in Australia, and the USA.
Benny’s latest single recordings - Places I’ve Never Been, inspired by the opportunity Benny has had to travel Australia, see its towns and meet its people, and The Battle of Point Nepean, based on the historical story of Victoria’s first Quarantine Station - show the diversity in his song writing, and his love of storytelling.
Based in the mountains of Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, a chance conversation with a friend led to an interest in country music, and the support of acknowledgement from the industry has shown that Benny is on the right path.