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BENEE's introspective lyrics and smoky, stylized soul singing first hit the charts in her native New Zealand with her second single, 2018's "Soaked." Combining the sophisticated R&B of artists like Sade and Corinne Bailey Rae and contemporary, atmospheric electronics, her first EP, Fire on Marzz, followed in 2019.
After sharing some cover songs online, Stella Bennett started using the abbreviated alias Bene for original material during her final year of high school. She released the single "Touch Guy" in 2017, then began collaborating with Josh Fountain and Jason Suskov on writing and recording material for her first EP after graduation. Her second single and first to feature the gentle, funk-infused sound she would become known for, "Soaked" reached number 14 on the singles chart in her home country. After tweaking her name to BENEE, Republic Records reissued the song, which was included on her debut EP, 2019's Fire on Marzz. The EP was also a hit, peaking at 13 on New Zealand's album chart. ~ Marcy Donelson