Flock at The Nest
Featuring: Marian Carmel and lewloh, with Benjamin Kheng.
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Benjamin Kheng is a Singaporean musician, actor, host, writer and former national swimmer. In 2012, he made his debut in 2012 as one of the founding members of the popular pop quartet, The Sam Willows. The group has performed at the SXSW Festival in Austin, the Canadian Music Festival in Toronto, MU:CON and Zandari Festa in Seoul, the Singapore F1 Grand Prix 2013 and 2014, and the Western Australian Music Festival in Perth. In November 2019, he returned to music after a year-long break with the release of his first solo single ‘Wicked’. Other singles ‘Find Me’ and ‘Lovers Forever’ were met with equally enthusiastic responses, showing off his vocal versatility and artistic ambition. In June 2020, Benjamin released his highly anticipated debut EP A Sea That Never Stops. He has ventured beyond music into the world of acting. His range as an actor is manifest in the roles he is tipped to play, from the leading role as Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (by Toy Factory) to recruit Ken Chow in the musical adaptation of movie blockbuster Ah Boys To Men: The Musical (Running Into The Sun). He is also one half of the acclaimed comedy sketch series The BenZi Project.
Born in Hong Kong to Singaporean parents, lewloh is a singer-songwriter who translates intangible emotion into a warm embrace. He has a melodic silky voice which hugs you like a friend, and takes you home while his songwriting focuses on the human connection and the healing of trauma. He became well known while serving National Service. In 2015, he fronted the Singapore Police Force band’s cover of the National Day song ‘Our Singapore’ and the music video was shared by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who praised the “beautiful rendition”. A prolific songwriter, he has released one album, Lullacry (2017), and three EPs, Red Flags (2019), There’s Something in My Eye (2018) and ENFJ (2018), which have clocked a total of 11 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music. lewloh is currently pursuing his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Marian Carmel is a Filipino singer-songwriter based in Singapore, with the gift to evoke a range of emotions. Her ethereal, soulful vocals breathe life into the melancholic nature of her songs and are influenced by Emily King, Lianne La Havas, and Sabrina Claudio. She has collaborated with artists such as Japanese electronic-pop outfit Tokimeki Records, Singaporean singer-songwriter lewloh, and Indonesian electro-jazz duo Mantra Vutura. Marian’s first release ‘Thursday’ was co-written and performed with Axel Brizzy. Dubbed the “Best Song to Sing Along to” at the Singapore Youth Music Awards 2019, the track has garnered a million streams on Spotify. In 2019 and 2020, Marian participated in The Great Singapore Replay: Season 2, a talent development programme where she worked with artists and producers such as Charlie Lim and Evanturetime. She finished the programme with an original indie composition ‘Still Here’, which touches on Singapore’s colonial history.