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  • Isabel Mays

Review: “Beauty Queen” - Benedict Cork

Some of my favorite songs are the ones that allow me to get deep in my feelings and reflect. And today, I may have not only found a new favorite hit, but an artist as well. Benedict Cork, an English musician, recently released his latest single, “Beauty Queen”. Cork says he wrote the song during lockdown, as he was unable to perform his music, which led to a lot of negative feelings associated with feeling validated by his audience. I think this song is so beautiful, and I can relate strongly to its message. While I may not be a professional singer, I do a lot of professional writing and photography. All I want is to hear good praise about my short stories, my photoshoots… everything. But when I don’t get that validation, it can feel like a punch in the gut, or like I don’t possess the needed skills to set me apart from others. So yeah, this song struck with me on a deep and personal level.

Benedict Cork has one of the most gorgeous voices I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. It’s clear as day when he begins to sing the first lyric that his voice is incredibly healthy. He was able to reach higher notes with ease, as well as dip deep into his lower register without issue. Also, I think his runs deserve a special shoutout, because they were executed flawlessly! I won’t lie, when I first heard him sing, I thought it was very similar-sounding to Sam Smith. And I think his musical style is similar as well. However, I can also sense a bit of Ed Sheeran in his tone, which I think sounds awesome.

Benedict Cork… you have gained a new fan. Born and raised in Bishop’s Stortford, England, Cork has been learning and playing music since he was 8 years old, starting with learning the piano. His fans may recognize his older sister, SuRie, who represented the United Kingdom when she competed in Eurovision 2018. Sir Elton John himself once even labeled the “Have A Good Life (See You Never)” singer as “sensational” and a “name to look out for”. Cork has many devoted fans, getting him around 250,000 monthly listeners on average. I am so happy that I got a chance to listen to and review this song, it’s one of a kind and a new favorite. Go stream “Beauty Queen” everywhere now!

Written By Isabel Mays



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