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ALAN BENNETT is a musician, singer, songwriter, performer, record producer and music publisher from Stony Brook, Long Island, New York, now, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

As a music instructor and coach, Alan Bennett works with a range of clients from amateurs and beginners to established and emerging recording artists, singers, songwriters, bands and touring and studio musicians worldwide, and is a faculty member of The National Guitar Workshop and WorkshopLive.


Bachelor of Science
Music Theory & Composition
State University of New York,
the College at New Paltz
Graduate Studios
Masters of Science in Education
Emphasis on Vocal Music
Northwest Missouri State University


As a studio and touring musician, Bennett has worked with a long list of artists including Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award-winner, Leon Russell, having sung background harmony vocals on his 2007 record release, "Angel In Disguise."

As a singer/songwriter, Alan has appeared on radio and television stations and at premier music venues across the U.S., released four independent records, and has been a regular performer at New York's The Bitter End, CBGB's, Wetlands Preserve, The Living Room and Mercury Lounge and Nashville's The Basement, The Bluebird Cafe, Mercy Lounge, 12th & Porter and The Listening Room.

As a songwriter, he has scored more than one hundred (100) cuts including single and music video releases on projects with a very wide range of recording acts. [ Listen to a sampling on SoundCloud ]

As a host/performer, his Alan Bennett & Friends: Live Concert Series features intimate, in-the-round style performances with a wide range of established and emerging recording artists and songwriters. Past events have included Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), Eric Paslay (Eli Young Band, Jake Owens, Love and Theft), Bonnie Bishop (Bonnie Raitt, Grammy Award), Dylan Altman (Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen), Dave Pahanish (Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw), Lisa Carver (Sugarland, Willie Nelson), Phil Barton (The Fray, Sarah Evans, Lee Brice), Jesse Rice (Florida Georgia Line), Jeff Cohen (Evan and Jaron, The Band Perry, Big and Rich, Josh Groban), Alissa Moreno (Rascal Flatts), Brad Tursi (Old Dominion), Matt Giraud (American Idol finalist), Isaac Hayden (The Collective, The Sing-Off on NBC finalist), Haden Carpenter (Big Smo, A&E), Liam Titcomb, Matty Ride, Adam James, and a long list of special guests.

As a writer/producer, Bennett has worked on projects with Haden Carpenter (Big Smo, A&E), Amy Wilcox (Crazy Hearts: Nashville, A&E), Tara O'Grady, Sam Hunter, The Worsties, The Wailin' Canes, Ben Cyllus and The LiNE (Hailey Steele and Leland Grant, The Voice, NBC) and Linda Emerson, and has enjoyed fourteen (14) song synchs on primetime network and cable television stations including FOX (The Good Guys), MTV (Real World: St. Thomas), A&E (Big Smo, Crazy Hearts: Nashville) and Oxygen (Bad Girls Club). [ Listen to a sampling on SoundCloud ]

Alan's music licensing venture, Real Actual has yielded forty (40) synchs on primetime network and cable television stations including FOX (The Good Guys), NBC (The Firm), FX (The Comedians), USA (Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe - USA Original Movie), MTV (Real World), A&E (Big Smo, Crazy Hearts: Nashville) and Oxygen (Bad Girls Club). [ Listen to a sampling on SoundCloud ] [ Learn more about Real Actual: www.realactual.com ]

As a music professional, while in New York City (1996-2004), he spent four years working at Sony Music Entertainment. Keeping track of record producers, engineers, mixers and remixers worldwide for Sony's head of A&R, music legend, Peter Asher, he worked on many projects for Columbia Records, Epic Records, Sony Classical, Legacy Recordings, Word and C2 with executives in the A&R, international, promotion, business affairs and legal departments responsible for launching and guiding some of music's biggest recording artists including: Bob Dylan; Barbra Streisand; Tony Bennett; Harry Connick, Jr.; Maxwell; The Neville Brothers; Billy Joel; Bruce Springsteen; Pink Floyd; Mariah Carey; Jennifer Lopez; Marc Anthony; Destiny's Child; Beyonce; Kelly Rowland; Jessica Simpson; Jeff Buckley; John Mayer; Train and Five For Fighting.

Alan Bennett is a BMI writer, and his songs are published and administered by Over The Bush Music (BMI).

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