The breathtakingly affectional British singer songwriter Benedict Cork returns with his fifth release of 2019, ‘Pray No More’, on July 2. The release comes days after the final in a series of sold out monthly residency shows at London’s Fiction Studios, on June 27. He will also support Stevie Wonder at British Summer Time festival on July 6.
A whirlwind of a year so far, along with his hugely successful residency shows, 2019 has seen Benedict support Brit Award winner Tom Walker and Grammy nominated Emily King. In addition, Ben co-wrote Adam Lambert’s single ‘Feel Something’ which Rolling Stone called “an achingly yearning ballad.”
Debuting ‘Pray No More’ at these recent shows, Benedict has been overwhelmed by the response to the song when played live, finding that “It really seems to resonate with LGBTQ+ people especially, from stories of people’s fraught relationships with their religious parents to even people being abandoned by their families for their sexual orientation or identities.”
Whilst relating to his own experience with religion as a child, In Benedict’s own words, ‘Pray No More’ is actually written “from the viewpoint of a parent who decides to abandon their lifelong religion for the sake of their family, as their God does not accept their own children”.
Given the song’s essence, Benedict was conscious of getting ‘Pray No More’ just right before putting it out into the world, “as it feels like this one, as personal as it is to me, isn’t really about me.”
A spiritual person himself, Benedict added:
“I have absolutely nothing against religion in fact I sometimes pray, and am quite a spiritual person. But I grew up catholic and it just didn’t resonate with me, so I decided to write this song. However, I want to add that I have many brilliant catholic, protestant, buddhist, muslim etc etc friends and would never want this song to be deemed anti-religion. It’s purely from my own lived experience.”