British singer-songwriter Benedict Cork returns with his fifth release of 2019 in the form of ‘Pray No More’, and it’s an emotionally charged affair.
In Benedict’s own words, ‘Pray No More’ is written from “the viewpoint of a parent who decides to abandon their lifelong religion for the sake of their family, as their God does not accept their own children”.
Having already previewed the track to audiences of his recent performances, Cork says the response to the track has been overwhelmingly positive.
“It really seems to resonate with LGBTQ+ people especially,” Benedict said in a press release. The singer added that he’d been moved to hear how people have told him it connected to them; from fraught relationships with religious parents to being abandoned by their families.
A spiritual person himself, Benedict added: “I have absolutely nothing against religion, in fact, I sometimes pray, and am quite a spiritual person.
“But I grew up Catholic and it just didn’t resonate with me, so I decided to write this song. However, I want to add that I have many brilliant Catholic, protestant, Buddhist, Muslim friends and would never want this song to be deemed anti-religion. It’s purely from my own lived experience.”
A whirlwind of a year so far, along with his hugely successful residency shows at London’s Friction Studios, 2019 has seen Benedict support Brit Award winner Tom Walker and Grammy-nominated Emily King.
In addition, Ben co-wrote Adam Lambert’s single ‘Feel Something’ which Rolling Stone called “an achingly yearning ballad.”