Ben Lummis (born Benjamin Lummis on , 1978) is a R&B/Pop singer/songwriter from New Zealand who rose to musical fame as the winner of the First season of New Zealand Idol in 2004. He is of M?ori (Ngati Porou) and P?keh? (European) descent and is very close to his family, his mother, father, stepfather and five siblings.
New Zealand Idol 2004
Lummis auditioned for the first season of New Zealand Idol in early 2004, and after passing through the theatre rounds, he qualified for the semi-finals, where the public voted him through to the Top 10. Lummis's first few weeks in the Top 10 were shaky, as he landed in the bottom 3 contestants on three separate occasions. However, from the top 6 onwards, he was never in the bottom three again, and on , 2004, he was crowned as the first New Zealand Idol, defeating Michael Murphy, who had never been in the bottom three throughout the entire competition.
New Zealand Idol Performances
Top 36 - "Suspicious Minds", Elvis Presley
Top 24 - "Back at One", Brian McKnight
Top 10 - "Never Too Much", Luther Vandross - Bottom 3
Top 9 - "Oughta Be In Love", Dave Dobbyn - Bottom 3
Top 8 - "Hang on in There Baby", Johnny Bristol
Top 7 - "Can Love You Like That", All-4-One - Bottom 3
Top 6 - "Kiss From A Rose", Seal
Top 5 - "Treat Her Like a Lady", The Temptations
Top 4 - "American Woman", The Guess Who
Top 4 - "Livin' on a Prayer", Bon Jovi
Top 3 - "The Power of Love", Huey Lewis
Top 3 - "Rhythm of the Night", El De Barge
Top 2 - "Kiss From a Rose", Seal
Top 2 - "I Believe I Can Fly", R. Kelly
Top 2 - "Livin' on a Prayer", Bon Jovi
Grand Final - "They Can't Take That Away" (Winner's single) - Declared 1st New Zealand Idol
Post Idol Career
2004-2005: One Road
Immediately after his victory, Lummis signed a recording contract with music giant Sony BMG and released his debut single "They Can't Take That Away", which debuted at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart. It held the position for seven weeks and was certified 4xPlatinum, selling 40,000 copies. Lummis completed a nationwide New Zealand Idol Live! tour with his fellow finalists, and then on , 2004, just four weeks after his Idol victory, Lummis released his debut album, One Road. Although the album sold 45,000 copies and was certified 3xPlatinum, it was badly received by the music industry. Paul Ellis, the album's producer and New Zealand Idol judge later described it as "the worst-sounding album of my entire career" . To date it has sold 45,000 copies.
Three months after the release of his album, Lummis suddenly left his record label Sony BMG under mutual disagreement . Many music industry observers stated that the move was interesting, as Lummis had held the top spot on the albums and singles chart simultaneously for more than a week with strong sales, but was dropped by his label nevertheless.
2006-2007: Independent Music and Pop's Ultimate Star
Having taken a career break following his debut album and departure from Sony BMG, Lummis released the single "Gotta Move" in 2006, independently and exclusively through his personal website. Although well received by fans, the single was unable to chart as its sales were online only and not tracked by the RIANZ
After another short break, Lummis was announced as one of the ten contestants on Pop's Ultimate Star, a new New Zealand reality television show whose aim was to take contestants from past singing competitions and pit them against one another in order to discover the country's favourite reality show singing star. The show debuted on , 2007, and after passing through the first four weeks without falling into the bottom two at all, Lummis made it to the final six. At this point he fell into the bottom two alongside Emily Williams, the runner-up from the third season of Australian Idol, and was voted off on after an elimination duel with Williams, finishing in sixth place. After this, Ben announced his intentions to release more new music independently.
2007-Present: New Album
Lummis announced in late 2007, that he had intentions on writing more of his own music, and releasing songs independently on a new album. Since then Lummis has been working on a new album, right throughout 2008 and he is set to release the album early next year.
He has also recently appeared on the TVNZ morning show, Good Morning (New Zealand show), where he made a live performance of one of his new tracks called, "Smooth Lady", which is the first song from the album.
Lummis is a devout Pentecostal Christian and belongs to and attends the Breakthrough Church In Auckland, New Zealand.
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