I create music as part of a practice in knowing myself, and knowing the world. The songs I write are about my unique experiences with human connection and emotion. I am interested in using music’s powerful ability to seep into people’s hearts. I am fascinated by the melody line that reminds me of someone I haven’t thought of in long time and by the lyric that overwhelms me with someone else’s deep sadness or joy.
My songs are snapshots of something I have felt, or observed, and then felt secondhand. Though I often begin with a concept, my songs often show me their subject from a perspective I haven’t yet considered. Each song changes over time as I do, during the writing process and as they are performed. I am interested in reflecting the fluidity of human emotion.
The result of my music is a window into my consciousness and an invitation for interpretation. I hope to reflect something that listeners recognize in themselves, or introduce them to something they haven’t considered. I use my music to interact with the people around me. It is intended to create space for emotion and most importantly, for understanding, because although emotions cannot always be felt universally, music can.
Zoe Benson is an American singer/songwriter and performer from Boulder, Colorado, currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
She grew up singing, and began studying vocal performance at Wildflower School of Voice when she was 7 years old. She later studied voice, as well as piano and audition skills at Dana V Music. She performed at numerous local venues including Boulder Creek Festival, Rock n’ Soul Cafe, The Nomad Theater, Nissi’s Cafe, Shine Cafe, Global Sound Studios, and Eclectic Cafe, before recording her first single at Coupe Studios at the age of 13. At 15, Zoe was hired to sing background vocals for a local artist. Zoe participated in several choirs and school productions at Fairview High School, including the school’s elite jazz choir, Age of Guinevere. In 2014 the group was accepted, and performed in The New York City Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center.
In 2013 Zoe was awarded a scholarship to participate in Berklee’s 5-Week Summer Program, and she participated in Berklee’s Summer Songwriter’s Workshop the following summer.
Zoe began recording with Michael Binder at MGB Records in Boulder in 2011. She accompanied herself and collaborated with Michael and other players on solo singles, duets, and videos. She released her first EP, “Songs from the Basement” in September 2015.
That summer, Zoe won 1st prize in the Boulder Creek Festival Teen Songwriting Competition. She was awarded a Boulder Creek Festival Main Stage set.
In 2015, Zoe was awarded a scholarship to attend The New School University in New York City. She studied Contemporary Music in NYC for 1 year, during which time she performed at Bushwick Public House in Brooklyn. She transferred to Berklee College of Music the following year.
In 2016, Zoe was a semifinalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
Zoe became a DJ on Berklee’s Internet Radio Network, the BIRN. She co-hosted a show with Annie Meadows called “The Best of Times with Annie and Zoe” The weekly show explored the music of different influential ages in music history. Each week, the co-hosts hand selected their favorite songs from a given era.
In the summer of 2017, Zoe was hired as a Resident Assistant for Berklee’s 5-Week Summer Program. She was responsible for the supervision of high school students in Berklee’s dormitories, curfew checks, safety protocols, community building, and mentorship.
Zoe became a songwriting instructor at her alma mater, Dana V Music. She held lessons at Dana V Music in Boulder, Colorado during the summer of 2017, and now offers phone and Skype lessons through the studio.
In 2018, Zoe became an intern at Notable Productions in Watertown, MA. She assisted producer/engineer Daniel Cantor in setting up instruments, mics and ProTools sessions for recordings of local shows and recording sessions. She edited projects in ProTools and supported musicians with feedback during sessions.
While living in Boston, Zoe performed at numerous venues including Berklee performance spaces, Out Of The Blue Gallery, Midway Cafe, Thunder Road, Outpost 186, and house shows, as well as a live set and interview on WATD Radio's "Almost Famous." When Zoe participated in Berklee's study abroad program, she performed at Magazine Club and Cafe Art y Sana in Valencia, Spain.
Zoe currently has over 2.8 million streams, and over 13,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. She recently travelled to Las Vegas to record her "You Can Keep The Coffee Shop" EP and finished tracking seven songs in seven days. Producer/engineer Michael Binder mixed and mastered the album, which is currently being released in a series of singles.
Zoe graduated from Berklee College of Music in December, 2019 with a BM in Professional Music, emphases on Songwriting and Music Production. She moved to Los Angeles, CA to play shows, promote her music, and collaborate with other musicians on the LA scene. She is currently songwriting, playing house shows, and performing in Sofar pop-ups.