George Benson's Songs and Stories

by - 8/20/2009

National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master and 10X Grammy-winning, legendary musician George Benson will release his new album on August 25th entitled Songs and Stories, his second for Concord Records / Monster Music.

The album is a collection of tunes penned by some of the most prolific and enduring songwriters of the last half-century. Some were written specifically for this new recording, such as Bill Withers’ (who came out of retirement to write “A Telephone Call Away” for George), Rod Temperton’s “Family Reunion” and Lamont Dozier’s “Living in High Definition”; while others, including James Taylor’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” and Tony Joe White’s “Rainy Night in Georgia” were hand-picked by Benson for their ability to convey simple but universal truths about the human experience.

Indeed, the record captures the somewhat underappreciated essential brilliance of his storied career; the ability to simply touch people through authentic lyrics and beautiful melody. On Songs and Stories, George Benson’s musical artistry has perhaps never been on sharper display.

To celebrate the release of Songs And Stories, fans can visit the official Benson website, and receive a free mp3 download of "Living In High Definition", the new song written by legendary composer Lamont Dozier. Additionally on the website, fans can view "The George Benson Sessions: The Making Of Songs And Stories”, a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new record. The series will be updated with a new video each week leading up to and through the August 25 release.


1. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight - (James Taylor)

2. Family Reunion - (Rod Temperton-Catero Colbert)

3. Show Me the Love - (David Paich-Steve Lukather)

4. A Telephone Call Away - (Bill Withers)

5. Someday We’ll All Be Free – (Donny Hathaway-Ed Howard)

6. Nuthin’ But a Party - (Roger Troutman-Larry Troutman-Marlon McClain-Robert

Harris-Christopher Lomax)

7. Come in From the Cold - (Marc Broussard-Radney Foster-Justin Tocket)

8. Exotica - (Marcus Miller)

9. Rainy Night in Georgia - (Tony Joe White)

10. One Like You - (William “Smokey” Robinson-David Garfield)

11. Living in High Definition - (Lamont Dozier)

12.Sailing - (Christopher Cross)

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