Ben E. Davis In14Ways #Interview #MercyfulGrace

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1. How are you doing?

I’m really well despite the craziness in the world right now. 

2. Tell us about your new project. 

My new single is called “2020 (The Queen Doesn’t Give A Shhh)” it’s an anthemic pop tune all about the Covid climate were living in and this most unpredictable year we’ve had. 

3. What inspired you. 

COVID-19, the lockdowns and the killing of George Floyd (among so many others) triggered the rage that inspired me to pick up the pen and write.

Musically, MJ is a huge inspiration. I think a lot came from his song “They Don’t Care About Us”.

4. How long did it take you to execute

Too long! Haha As an independent artist, projects can take longer than expected, self-funding, self-publishing etc. I started writing the song in the summer and hoped to have it come out before the US presidential election. We got delayed so I continued to write the second verse after the election and the b-section as the holidays were approaching. 

5. Previous projects? 

Earlier this year I released my single D.I.M.E. (Dead In My Eyes) which chronicles my experience with domestic violence abuse.  It took me a long time to write and finally release the song, but I felt I needed to share my story to help inspire others who may be experiencing domestic violence, especially during the current COVID-19 lockdowns as cases rose by about 20% 

6. What’s the reaction so far? 

“2020” has just come out… so far the majority of streams are coming from America, I’m not sure how the reaction from the UK will be. 

7. Why now? 

Such an interesting question. I think the time IS now. Everything that’s happened this year has challenged us to think and act differently. This song is like a time capsule of my emotions for this year… in 10 years it will be interesting to listen back and be like, “do ya’ll remember 2020?”

8. Can you think of your next projects direction?

I want to continue being more open and honest in my writing. During the process of releasing D.I.M.E. and “2020” I realised that it’s ok to express anger and frustration. Previously I’ve written fun pop songs about love or what I thought was love. Anger is also an emotion and music has been my vehicle  to express that. 

9. Influences musically? 

Tina Turner, MJ, The Beatles, Whitney Houston and Prince are biggest influences. There are so many more, but these were the heavyweight champions of music for me. 

10. What’s your take on racism

That is exist. I think we have to acknowledge that first as it doesn’t exist for everyone and therefore how can someone be empathetic to something they’ve never experienced. I don’t think it’s as overt as the media portrays it. As a mixed race person, (my mom is Black American and my father is of German/Irish decent) I have experienced prejudice and racism first hand, but it’s more subtle, it happens sometimes out of pure ignorance but it happens.

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11. Have you listened to Mariahs new Audio book – The Meaning of Mariah

I have not. I’m gonna have to check that out. 

12. Any advice for humanity. 

I’m anxious for us to begin being human again. We’re not designed to stare at computer screens for 8 hours a day. We are meant to talk face to face, sing, dance, hug, laugh or even fight for that matter. My advice would be for humanity to smile more.  Sometimes a smile can just brighten up someone’s day… now we’re all hiding our smiles behind masks. 

13. What’s music is playing in your music right now? 

Well it’s that time of year, so I deffo have some Mariah and Nat King Cole  Christmas classics playing, but I’m really feeling Irish artist Moncrieff. His song AMERICA is on repeat at the moment. 

14. Say a prayer for love for us all and the planet. 

Most definitely. Thank you for having me. God Bless you and your family/friends.

Listen to my new single.

More @ benedavis.com // Spotify // Instagram

Ben E. Davis is supported by PRS Foundation’s Sustaining Creativity Fund as part of the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Project 

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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year #In14Ways #2021 #MercyfulGrace

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Merry Xmas👆🏾

May your Christmas be Merry. May friends be plenty and true.

May God never let your true friends ever depart from you unlike fake saboteurs sent to landscape for info.

Present yourself authentically. Nobody can call you a hypocrite. Until that day, you are.

Take all that unprocessed anger, trauma and prejudices to a psychologist. Tis the season to be jolly. I’m not about that ignorance ..’

No biggots allowed ❤️🇬🇧👆🏾🇳🇬🙏🏾

No weapon formed over us shall prosper. It won’t WORK, IN THE Name of Our Lord & Savior, Yeshua. Amen.

Stop demonising people who are different with your #Ignorance ..’ – #In14Ways

#MercyfulGrace #yourlove

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I Declare God As My Sovereign #In14Ways #Aremuorin #SundayConfessions #MercyfulGrace

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Certain people/folks don’t like me talking about God – but I won’t have it any other way! He is the paramount centre of my existence. And it’s my choice to glorify him often ..’

You do you, and I do me. No amount of money, or fame, can make me trade it up. If, I wanted to, I would have by now. Even, with all my beautiful imperfections – he loves me still. Just the way I am.

Always there for me – when the world is no where to be found. Beside deep steep waters, and peaked high low valleys. He cradles me. He is my alpha, beta and omega. There is no other God I know, kind as he. Mercy-full.

God is a good God. Let fools proclaim their ignorance while we proclaim his praise. Servitude to love.

Slow to anger, and quick to love. He forgives, he forgets, he cleanses and sets afore said, the standards, no one has ever measured or lived up to. Yet – he loves (us) me still. Just the way (we) I am. Now, who are you to be the judge of that!

God is love* – He’ll never leave you if you believe in him! Place him above all others, and he’ll take you places no one has ever been, or dreamed of!

On that, I can guarantee you. He makes mockery of fools with his wonder-full-ness. I can’t take credit for this. This just came to me – and had to share. Statuses become blog trawls in micro seconds without reason(s).

Standard ..’

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Thank You Linda Ikeji For this Viral Post – #In14Ways #Memoirs #LindaIkeji #SundayConfessions #MercyfulGrace

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Self Care: In the deepest despair. Preach💖💯 #In14Ways #SundayConfessions #MercyfulGrace

Happy Sunday💖

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Am androgynous and proud. As for those toxic closeted men and women, ploughing thru the lgbtqia+ community, running around with hiv and stds with their women, and/or, men, in denial.

Meanwhile, not going to the clinic to protect their own lives, and the lives of their loved ones, whom, they claim to love.

May God open your dim eyes wider💖💯.

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Listen to this survivals powerful testimony about church hypocrisy.

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Palliatives for Nigerians found in a Massive Warehouse redistributed by #Youths – #In14Ways #Covid19 #MercyfulGrace

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His Name is Niyi Odunlami. He is my first cousin. Fulani Heardsmen killed my cousin today. #PrayForNigeria #EndSARS #RIP

Palliatives meant for Nigerians during Covid 19 hidden away in a massive warehouse discovered by Nigerian Youths re distributed.

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Nick Cannon / Tamar Braxton ..’ – #LifeQuote #NickCannon #TamarBraxton #MercyfulGrace

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This world is cruel. I can’t. If Christ was nailed to the cross, go figure. My heart goes out to NICK Cannon & Tama Braxton at this difficult time.

Tamar is feeling suicidal from handlers, suits and briefcases dressed as whitesupremacy executives. While Nick wants to quit the planet for all the saboteurs of his pre PLANNED, pushed BACK, new Talk Show.

The love of money is the root of all evil. Show a little kindness. Show a little magic❤️💯🌹

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Have a blessed day. Mathew 7:7. Ask & Recieve.

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Attitude #In14Ways #MercyfulGrace #Attitude

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I love challenges. Journaling I have done always from childhood. In 2012, I started to share them on my blogs.

It helped me and many people around the world. From inclusion to diversity and whitesupremacy issues, I was able to express and address them all cathartically.

On attitude. Gaslighting is an attitude. A form of whitesupremacy in my experience.

I rebut that.

Why is our response as Africans to whitesupremacy, suddenly the attitude and not the, oppressive ways to keep black people inferior, the attitude; that needs to change?

However you choose-to perceive this, here is a factual; school of thought.

Where did hate come from? Who taught it to human kind? Plus it’s brother prejudice and aunty malice. They are not very nice bunch of people are they? I hope love finds a way to heal these fractures in our humanities.

My Final Prayer

If I could be You for a day. I will be free for always. So make me more like You Oh Lord”.

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The Man Who Gave Away His Billions to Become #Broke – #In14Ways #Billions #MercyfulGrace

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Incredible❤️

God help us all to be a little kinder. I myself included. So Christ-like, almost. Mean while, some of my fellow humans, are flashing their pennies they call wealth all over cheap cars, and last seasons runway collections: to impress on social media. GOOD LAWD.

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Some music distributors are taking away the artiste’s #income ..’ – In14Ways #Rights #MercyfulGrace

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Just read the T&Cs of at least 3 music distributors. It is modern day slavery.

Probably worse. Worse because most artistes have no clue.

Also, they have the right to change the terms any time to fcuk you over even further. Lawd Jesus. So I will be removing all my music from these manipulators in moving on.

They have taken it all from the Artiste. This is pure evil😢. They do not generally offer advances to the indie Artiste for these licenses. It’s wrong.

And if they do, how much of your soul are you giving up, and for how much? Are you aware of their subs exploits of your work(s) and are they transparent, or accountable with monies received on your behalf. These distributions are vague.

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It’s like giving away your work for free. Your rights owned 100 per cent, are worthless once you sign them off to this licence, cuz you get from pennies to nothing from royalties for your song(s) under some of these agreements.

It’s irrelevant at this point, to me, if the deal is exclusive, or not. It’s a case of the lesser evil. No Artiste should part with their work(s) royalty free let alone giving away their performance rights. It is insane and Godless.

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Did I miss something? Call the lawyers. Artiste. Are you reading what you are signing away after you slaved away in the studio to make all your beautiful music?

I read one distributor claim irrevocable & transferrable rights from the artistes??? That’s double muddy waters. Some take, worldwide, exclusive, royalty free licenses. But why? Help !!!

This should be outlawed. You have to be nutts, or on prozac, to sign one of these off. It’s utter crazy. Someone pls tell me this a terrible dream and that I will wake up from it.

Am no lawyer, but this does not look right to me. It’s slavery.

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And if you still don’t believe me – read this review: on CD Baby‘Scam Of the Month’ by Moses Avalon.

http://www.mosesavalon.com/mosessupposes/monthly.htm

This should disgust you too. Taking away the artiste’s rights and leaving them with almost nothing. Some artistes have been razzle-dazzled with deception, misguidance and left with exploitation. At best, left with nothing. Absolutely, nothing. This is modern day slavery.

I was horrified to realise potentially royalties that’s suppose to go to my charity for disadvantaged children will not be reaching out to their families and relatives in the UK and abroad as a result of this unethical greedy practice.

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