- Article by: Erik Rocca
- Posted: 07/19/2011
“The first time that I saw him play, probably 10 years ago, I knew that he was special.” -Don Gehman
Sixteen-year-old wunderkind Noah Benardout released an impressive four-song EP, What Will Be...Will Be, June 2011.
Produced by Grammy nominated Don Gehman (Stephen Stills, John Mellencamp, R.E.M., Hootie & the Blowfish, Blues Traveler) and backed by a crew of some of the best session players in the business, it’s no wonder the unsigned Benardout is attracting attention from a slew of major record labels.
With a crystalline voice and guitar skills of a musician twice his age, the young Benardout possesses that rare success formula that can only be described as magic dust.
Born in London and raised in Southern California, his debut mixes a bit of rock ‘n’ roll with a catchy brand of pop. A relative of the American composer Irving Berlin, Benardout has the art of songwriting flowing through his DNA, and it’s evident on the album opener, “Haley.”
Inspired by the driving percussion and soaring guitars of one of his favorite bands, Phoenix, Benardout set out to write something new. The result is an infectious and genuine hit single that will have you going straight for the volume control in your car.
“Noah’s talent is like a 50-year-old man who’s been doing it for 30 years,” Don Gehman says of Benardout. It’s this type of age defying gift that makes What Will Be…Will Be so extraordinary, whether it’s the gorgeous drone of “Shoes” or the lyrical romance of “When I go to Sea.”
Although the EP is chock-full of bright spots, Benardout needs to be careful not to venture too far into the land of bubblegum pop in future releases. Citing Coldplay, Radiohead, Muddy Waters and Led Zeppelin as influences, it will be interesting to see if he moves in a slightly edgier direction on his first full-length.
Without a doubt, What Will Be…Will Be establishes Benardout as an artist to watch. At just 16 years old, this kid’s got something going.
"Haley" - Noah Benardout