Award-winning American singer/songwriter, guitar player and playwright Benjamin Scheuer will release his debut recording, Songs from The Lion, this spring. The album, featuring music from Scheuer’s critically acclaimed one-man musical memoir The Lion, is out June 3 via Warner/ADA.
Glide Magazine is currently premiering the Peter Baynton-directed video for the single “Weather the Storm,” which recently won the Public Choice Award for Best Music Video at the British Animation Awards, at http://goo.gl/mRj1HR. The video uses Baynton’s own watercolor paintings to produce cubist Lowry-inspired designs. At one point during the production of the video, one of the paintings blew out the window of Trunk Pictures’ London-based studio and narrowly avoided landing in the Thames River thanks to a producer’s successful race against a rising tide.
The music that makes up Songs from The Lion came together as Scheuer performed around his hometown of New York City. “I was performing autobiographical songs in the coffee shops around Greenwich Village,” says Scheuer. “I was singing about my dad, who died when I was thirteen. Singing about a romantic relationship I was in that went well until it went bad. Singing about my diagnosis with, treatment for, and cure of advanced stage cancer.”
Scheuer goes on to elaborate, “Record producer Geoff Kraly and I decided that we wanted the production on this album to fulfill the same purpose that the lighting, set design, directing, acting, costume design and all that stuff fulfills in the theatre show. To create atmosphere. In many ways, this album is the way I hear the songs in my head while I’m performing The Lion in a theatre.”
The Lion has won numerous awards in both the U.S. and U.K., including the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, a 2015 Theatre World Award, and the Off-West End Award for Best New Musical.
Best known for his work Off-Broadway and Off-West End, Scheuer—hailed by the New York Times for his “reflective pop-folk songs with catchy choruses and just the occasional burst of angst,” has also toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter and performed at venues including New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Scheuer and photographer Riya Lerner are also co-creators of the art book Between Two Spaces, from which 50 percent of proceeds go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Scheuer has won prizes for his two previous collaborations with animator Peter Baynton on the videos for “Cookie-tin Banjo” and “The Lion.”