Ben Lee’s New Release is Philosophical Family Fun

ben lee

Indie rocker Ben Lee gets philosophical on his first children’s album. PHOTO BY PAUL COSTELLO

Ben Lee has made a lot of albums since recording his first songs as a teenager in Australia, but his most ambitious might be his latest – a children’s album entitled “Ben Lee Sings Songs About Islam For The Whole Family.” These songs are thoughtful, educational and catchy. Lee hasn’t composed religious songs as much as songs about a religion.

Several years ago, Lee, who now makes Los Angeles his home, had an idea to make a children’s album that explored five different religions. He changed his plan and zeroed in on just Islam after President Donald Trump acted to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. “I realized that to stand in solidarity with the philosophical truths at the heart of Islam, not the institutionalized religion, was important,” he says.

The album’s concept felt quite natural to Lee. “I love children’s music and love religious and spiritual diversity,” he says. “I could feel the album in my imagination before I’d ever written a note.”

Lee believes the philosophy behind Islam can be very relatable to kids, and says he has used Islam’s “path of the warrior” concept with his daughter when she feels defeated at school. “The internal dialogue that was traditionally called prayer can be one of strength and power,” he says. You can hear him tapping into this uplifting spirit on tunes such as “Happy Heart,” “Assalamualaikum” and “The Straight Road.” Lee says he hopes his songs will help kids think “more symbolically and psychologically about religion, rather than taking the sacred texts literally.”

Lee says some people have wrongly assumed he is endorsing Islamic fundamentalism, but that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. “I see fundamentalism in all religions to be the source of much suffering,” he says.

Asked if he plans to return to his original concept of an album that explores several different religions, he responds philosophically. “It will happen in time,” he says. “Everything happens at the right time.” For more information about Ben Lee, please visit

love this? share!

leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

58 − = 48

choir programs in la
Choir Programs Let Kids Sing a Song
Tween Time: A Memorable Memory Play
These Summer Activities Let Kids Hear Music – and Make Music
kidz bop kids
Kidz Bop Kids Talk Best Time Ever Tour and New Album ’35’
Four Spots to See Free Family Music
Lucky Diaz Shares L.A. Love on New Family Music CD
Sign up to receive our newsletters!

Sign up today to receive updates and information by email from L.A. Parent!

No Thanks