Benn Manie is a versatile entertainer who has been involved in the music industry for over 25 years. Benn has worked his craft and become a highly sought after entertainer and has gained a reputation as a fine vocalist.
As lead vocalist for the popular independent touring and recording rock outfit “WILDLIFE”, Benn wrote the award winning song Black or White and co-wrote their Albums with Steve Rockman. They shared the stage with acts such as Cliff Richard, Larry Norman, Servant, DeGarmo and Key Band, and toured the East Coast playing venues from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Festival Hall in Melbourne to far flung Queensland country pubs and clubs.
Benn has performed and recorded with many top musicians including two years in a duo with renowned blues & roots guitarist Kim Churchill, as a founding member of independent world music band “Rivertribe”, and many years with the outstanding Melbourne guitarist, Tony Gadsby.
In recent years, Benn re-united with his friends and musical collaborators Steve Rockman, Tony Gadsby & John Adams, to form “The Rock Dogs” and “The Acoustic Cats“. Both bands are highly sought after for weddings and corporate functions due to their professional sound and high quality vocal abilities. Benn performs solo or in a duo, trio or band.
Benn prides himself on being able to customise a performance to the crowd he is performing to. With a repertoire of over 400 songs, Benn can tailor his performance to suit any event. From laid back smooth acoustic sounds, to a high energy sing along performance, Benn’s stylish acoustic covers range from 70s, 80s and 90s classics, through to recent chart toppers.