Benji Harris has earned the reputation as one of Nashville’s most talented mainstay musicians. A truly versatile guitar player, session vocalist, and songwriter, Benji has become a highly sought-after band leader for many of Nashville’s best and soaring recording artists.
“I’ve played thousands of shows in my career, and yes I remember the early shows in empty clubs playing to only the bartender,” Harris recalls. “I’ve lived in vans, showered at truck stops, and crashed on strangers’ couches. I’ve done it all.”
Reared in Dallas, Harris began playing professionally at the age of twelve. His first band in high school, “Southampton All-Stars”, became a local favorite and stayed busy playing private parties and school dances throughout the early 2000’s. Harris continued to develop as a writer and performer throughout his college years, playing with popular regional bands such as “Thief” and “Rigby.” A trip to Nashville in 2008, however, gave Benji a clear vision of his path.
“I felt like I saw my future the first time I went to Nashville,” Harris explains. “There was so much great music everywhere, and so many opportunities to further my career. I was instantly hooked.”
Since moving to Nashville in 2009, Benji has become a welcomed mainstay of Music Row. His country/rock trio “Scarletta” (2009-2014) had a Top 30 radio hit in 2012 and a popular music video in high rotation on CMT. Since leaving the band in 2014, Benji has lent his talents to many hot young country stars, including Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer, Cassadee Pope, and Bo Bice. A solo record, however, was always the goal.
“I feel like this record is a whole new chapter for me,” Harris explains. “After so many years of touring with other great artists, I’ve gained invaluable experience watching the masters at work. I knew I had the goods to make a great record, and I’ve learned what goes into putting on an amazing live show. I’m so excited the time has finally come for me to step out center stage and do it.”
Harris co-wrote five of the six songs on the EP which will hit online retailers in June. He will also be hitting the road throughout 2017 to support the project.