Ben Lee

Ben Lee's innate talents as an introspective singer-songwriter earned him global attention in the early '90s while he was still a teenager, and he would continue to hone his musical abilities in a variety of genres ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1978 in Sydney, AU

Filmography

Music (16)

Furry Vengeance 2010 (Movie)

("Surrender") (Song)

Furry Vengeance 2010 (Movie)

("Surrender") (Song Performer)

John Tucker Must Die 2006 (Movie)

("Float On") (Song Performer)

Spider 2006 (Movie)

(Music)

American Pie Presents The Naked Mile 2005 (Movie)

("Birthday Song") (Song)

American Pie Presents The Naked Mile 2005 (Movie)

("Birthday Song") (Song Performer)

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 2005 (Movie)

("Catch My Disease") (Song)

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo 2005 (Movie)

("Catch My Disease") (Song Performer)

Just Friends 2005 (Movie)

("Catch My Disease") (Song)

Just Friends 2005 (Movie)

("Catch My Disease") (Song Performer)

Best Men 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Best Men 1999 (Movie)

("Burn to Shine") (Song Performer)

Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Playing By Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

("How to Survive a Broken Heart") (Song Performer)
Actor (5)

Catch My Disease 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Life Unexpected 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undateable 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

So Jewtastic 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rage in Placid Lake 2004 (Movie)

Placid Lake (Actor)

Biography

Ben Lee's innate talents as an introspective singer-songwriter earned him global attention in the early '90s while he was still a teenager, and he would continue to hone his musical abilities in a variety of genres, from acoustic material to pop-rock, over the course of a lengthy career. Born Benjamin Michael Lee on September 11, 1978 in Sydney, Australia, he began performing in his early teens as a member of the group Noise Addict. A self-produced four-track demo recorded in Lee's bedroom made its way to promoter and executive Steve Pavlovic, who signed Noise Addict to his Fellaheen Records. Pavlovic's connections within the music industry helped to bring the demo to a wider audience, which included Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, who both issued Noise Addict EPs in the early '90s. The band scored a college radio hit with the low-fi acoustic single "I Wish I Was Him," a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, before releasing their first full-length LP, <i>Meet the Real You</i>, in 1995. By this time, Lee had already begun recording solo material, which was released in 1996 as <i>Grandpaw Would</i>; when Noise Addict fell apart in the wake of their first American tour, Lee poured his energies into his own recording career. He issued a second LP, <i>Something To Remember Me By</i> (1997), followed the acoustic guitar blueprint of its predecessor, but his third album, <i>Breathing Tornados</i> (1998), introduced a wider palette of instruments and production. Its lead single, "Cigarettes Will Kill You," was a Top 50 hit in Australia, and launched Lee as a chart success in his native country. By 2005, he was earning double platinum sales in Australia with the upbeat <i>Awake is the New Sleep</i> on his own label, Ten Fingers. Lee also retained a presence in the United States, enjoying widespread mainstream exposure in 2005 and 2006 when his single "Catch My Disease" was featured in numerous film and television soundtracks, as well as a commercial for Dell Computers. He then entered into a remarkably productive period, issuing four albums between 2007 and 2013, including the pop-driven Top 20 album <i>Ripe</i> (2007), featuring contributions by American Top 40 acts like Mandy Moore and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte, and the concept album <i>Deeper Into Dream</i> (2011). In 2015, Lee released his tenth album, <i>Love is the Great Rebellion</i>, which reached No. 71 on the Australian charts.

Relationships

Claire Danes Actor

Companion
Dated from 1997-2003 No longer together

Ione Skye Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 29, 2008 in an intimate Hindu ceremony at the Narayani Peedam in Vellore, India

Milestones

2011

Releases concept album, <i>Deeper into Dream</i>

2005

Double platinum sales on <i>Awake is the New Sleep</i>

1998

Scores Top 20 Australian LP with <i>Breathing Tornados</i>

1995

First solo album, <i>Grandpaw Would</i>

1993

Issues four-track demo with Noise Addict that lands him record contracts with Thurston Moore and the Beastie Boys

Bonus Trivia

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Though named PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2008, Lee admitted that he is not a strict practioner and eats fish on occasion.

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Served as a mentor on the 2013 season of "The Voice (Australia)" (Nine Network, 2012- ).

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Starred in the Australian independent film "The Rage in Placid Lake" (2003).

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Songs from his Awake is the New Sleep are featured as the music on hold for callers using the AppleCare Technical Support line.

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His 2006 single "We're All in This Together" has been featured in commercials for Coca-Cola, Kohl's and the South Australian Government.

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