Influences: James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Maxwell, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Terence Trent D'arby
Artist Leyton Benta was born on 15 April 1994 in London, UK. Leyton first realised his potential at the tender age of 6 when put under pressure to participate in his school choir for a Christmas performance at ' Vicars Green Primary School ', where he was directed to take lead singing ' In the Bleak mid-Winter '.
It was from that point that Leyton has not looked back and singing became his career and passion. He went on to record his first song ‘Don’t tease me’ at aged 9, then creating his first album ‘Think Big-Take Action’ at just 16 which focused on love, motivation, perseverance, ambitions and goals. During this time he had time to grow and develop his own style and find his true vocal ability and began to experiment with different sounds and musical materials.
Being from a musical family, Leyton was inspired by his mother and father as they were both active in the entertainment sector. His mother was part of sibling group “The Lawrence Sisters” from Manchester who toured the UK performing Soul and Motown covers as well as their own material. His father played bass and electric guitar and from that experience they shared stories and knowledge to encourage and inspire Leyton to learn keys to compliment his style. He felt the importance of developing and perfecting a few things rather than every thing was key, always giving 100% in his chosen crafts.
During a short break from the industry, Leyton worked as a Youth Mentor in Hackney, London. He used this time with youngsters to encourage them to see their potential in their chosen paths and encouraged them to work towards unlimited opportunities and helped them build self worth. He used his own life experiences of bullying and rejection to show that although life can be hard, it can also be rewarding when surrounded by positive influences and hard work to follow dreams. “Be a doer not a talker” was amongst many of the inspirational quotations to reinforce inner strength.
Throughout Leytons growing up he was influenced by his love of Pop, Funk, Soul, R&B and Jazz music and inspired by legendary artists such as Prince, Marvin Gaye, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, Terence Trent D’arby, Maxwell and James Brown, this has given Leyton the versatility to become a well-rounded artist true to his own style and vision. The artistry and lyrics of their music had brought feeling, meaning, purpose, love and realism that had enhanced and heightened Leytons passion for his inner success which he unconsciously projects onto others..
From all of Leyton's hard working ethics, it has now lead to his current reward to now being represented by a Grammy nominated, award winning, american producer ,Terence Dudley. Since then, they have both created more than 30 records in a space of short months, and with the way Leyton dramatically grows as an artist, in his own words ''I just want to reinvent love. That's all it is, so I will not sleep till my mark is made.''
Keep a look out for adventures with Leyton's legacy foundation.