Turning Stone 2009
Benny Mardones, nicknamed "The Voice" due to his near four-octave vocalrange and soulful, passionate delivery, continues to thrill crows around the world. Mardones, has enjoyed an extremely successful twenty-five years as a songwriter and showman. He has shared the stage with Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones, and has played alongside legends such as the Otis Redding band. In a Showtime tribute to rock icon Roy Orbison, Benny performed with the likes of Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, and Johnny Cash. Mardones' ability to compose music that transcends generational gaps and typical pop-rock-r&b genre pigeonholes has much to do with his achingly honest lyrics and soulful delivery. As Rolling Stone quips, his "gloriously adolescent romanticism" appeals to all - regardless of age or musical background. Pursuing a rigorous touring schedule over the years despite his recent diagnosis with Parkinson's, Benny gathers his strength from his passion for performing and his adoring fans. He notes that, "There are days where I wonder if I am going to be able to use these vocal chords... if my legs are going to hold me up. But at this point in my life, my fans are almost family - they support me and they help keep me going. As long as they want to hear me sing, as long as they want to come to the shows... I will pour every last drop of myself into performing."