BENEE, whose real name is Stella Rose Bennett, is a singer, songwriter, and musician from Auckland, New Zealand. She was born on January 15, 2000, and grew up in Grey Lynn, a suburb of Auckland. Her father, Chris Lee-Merricks, was a jazz musician, and her mother, Lorraine Bennett, was an actress and dancer.
From a young age, BENEE showed an interest in music, playing piano and trumpet in her school band. In 2018, she released her debut single, "Tough Guy," which gained popularity in New Zealand and reached the top 40 on the country's music charts.
BENEE's breakthrough single, "Soaked," was released in 2018 and quickly gained attention around the world. It has since accumulated over 150 million streams on Spotify alone. Her EP, "FIRE ON MARZZ," was released in June 2019 and features collaborations with producers and artists such as Josh Fountain, Djeisan Suskov, and Gus Dapperton.
In 2020, BENEE released the single "Supalonely," which features Gus Dapperton and became a viral hit on TikTok. The song has amassed over 800 million streams on Spotify and has been certified platinum in multiple countries, including the United States.
BENEE's music is marked by her unique vocal style, which combines elements of pop and alternative music. Her lyrics are often introspective and deal with themes such as mental health, relationships, and self-discovery. She has cited artists such as Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, and Tyler, The Creator as influences on her music.
In addition to her music career, BENEE has been recognized for her activism and support of various causes. She has been an advocate for mental health awareness and has worked with organizations such as Lifeline Aotearoa to provide resources for those struggling with mental health issues.