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Atlantic City, a red carpet, two album release parties, zero hours of sleep. It was one for the books.

Singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner stopped by the show to chat about his new album, “Great Lakes,” which he decided to release weeks earlier than his initial target date of Summer Solstice. Wagner explained why he pushed up the date and spent two years writing and recording the tracks.

This interview was the first in a series last week highlighting independent artists.

The release party for “Great Lakes” was last Thursday at Rockwood Music Hall, and hosted by yours truly.

New York City-based musician Ryan M. Vaughn stopped by to chat about “A Holiday Benefit,” an annual compilation album and charity concert. For the second straight year, money raised will be sent to ArteAmor, a non-profit that places artists in orphanages across the globe so that kids living in extreme poverty can experience the arts.

The benefit concert was held at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side and hosted by yours truly. To buy the album, click here.

Drummer Ryan Vaughn and singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner stopped by “Ralphie Tonight” to chat about ‘A Holiday Benefit’ – a compilation of 25 holiday songs recorded by independent artists in New York City. Proceeds from sales of the album benefit ArteAmor. Find out more at aholidaybenefit.org.

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After five years of rallying New York’s most talented singers for contributions to A Holiday Benefit, Benjamin Wagner decided that he would end the project before the interest tapered off.

The fifth installment, like it’s predecessors, features a solid mix of holiday classics and originals. There are some artists that have offered up tracks for all five editions, while others, like “American Idol” contestant Caleb Hawley, debut with the latest, and last compilation. After listening to any of the tracks, you’ll soon realize that this isn’t your typical holiday album. The songs rock, but more importantly, so does the cause that they benefit.

Proceeds from A Holiday Benefit are donated to 826NYC, the local chapter of 826 National, a nonprofit organization that assists students ages six to eighteen with their creative writing skills. Last year the organization’s tutoring centers — also located in Ann Arbor, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC — served over 29,000 students.

For the week before Christmas only, snag all five of the compilations for only $25! Use this link, or you can buy everything a la carte through iTunes (but you’ll pay more).

Singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner checked in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to chat about A Holiday Benefit Vol. 4, an annual holiday music compilation which benefits 826NYC, the local chapter of a national, nonprofit organization that supports kids ages 6 to 18 with their creative writing skills. The 13 track album features both originals and covers of holiday songs.

Click the artwork above to buy A Holiday Benefit on iTunes!

Part 1: The story behind the compilation


Part 2: The cover of “Christmas All Over Again”

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Singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner checked in to The RRS to chat about “A Holiday Benefit, Vol. 3” – a compilation of seasonal songs that is sold with proceeds benefiting 826, a nonprofit tutoring, writing, and publishing organization with locations in seven cities across the country.

Check out 826 National here.
Purchase A Holiday Benefit, Vol. 3
here.
The video for the compilation single, a cover of “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” is below:


12.03.08 : A Holiday Benefit, Vol. II – Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)
Ralphie speaks with Singer/Songwriter Benjamin Wagner, who conceived the “A Holiday Benefit” series


Purchase the album on iTunes. All proceeds benefit 826NYC.

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i went to nyc to explore…