Alec Benjamin Opens Up On His Latest Single “Jesus In LA”
Alec Benjamin continues building out a new era with the unveiling of “Jesus In LA.” The 25-year-old made waves with last year’s Narrated For You. The mixtape served as a strong introduction to his musicality and powerful pen. It also paved the way for what he has in store for the remainder of 2019. Last month he kicked things into motion with “Must Have Been The Wind.” Since its release, the track has amassed more than 8 million Spotify streams. Not only that, but it showcased how much his writing has evolved between projects. And his latest is just as strong.
Over a stripped-back production, he details the experience of moving to Los Angeles to make it in the industry. In particular, the rising star notices that all his hopes and dreams weren’t coming to fruition. “When they sold you the dream you were just 16. Packed a bag and ran away. And it’s a crying shame you came all this way, ’cause you won’t find Jesus in LA,” Alec sings. He makes an important realization later on: “That is when I knew it was time to go home. And that is when I realized that I was alone. And all the vibe and colors from the lights fade away.” He opened up about the song in a press release.
“When I first got to LA I thought that I was going to finally find the happiness that I had always been looking for. Not long after I arrived, I signed my first record deal. Got dropped. Lost friends. Spent all my money… and had to move back in with my parents,” he said. “It was then that I realized the thing that I was looking for most was in front of me the whole time. My true friends and family.” The hitmaker also shed some light on the title and deeper meaning. “The song isn’t a literal take on religion or about Jesus at all.”
“It’s about searching for hope and happiness and realizing those things aren’t always where you think you’ll find them.” Give Alec’s latest a listen and check out the official video (directed by Joey Brodnax) below.