#Besties

The beautiful lady who is next to me in this selfie is one of my BFFs, Alicia. She and I have known each other for nine years since our mutual BFF, Sabrina, introduced us.

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19th June 2018 #BenjiMartinNC #NCmusic

Good evening, everyone. I am sorry that I have not been posting here lately. A lot has been going on in my life since my father’s death back in April. Aside from work, I have been handling some business concerning his estate, of which one of my aunts, who lives in South Carolina, is the executor, and I have not been having much time to practise my music because of that. So instead of this summer as I have previously anticipated, I intend to return to the open mic night stage this fall. Until then, may God continue to bless you and your family.

Once again, thank you so much for your support and understanding as my family and I continue to go through the grieving process, and I ask that you please continue to pray for us and respect our privacy.

23rd April 2018 #BenjiMartinNC #Martinisers #NCmusic

I bet you are wondering what the deal is with the picture of this Epiphone acoustics guitar. It was my one of my dad’s guitars, and it rarely got used. He bought it several years ago because my playing music inspired him to want to play guitar again. He wanted to be a singer-songwriter years ago, but he came across some people who wanted him to send money to get his music published or recorded. Thank God he did not fall for that because real music executives do not ask for money upfront, and as I learned at GTCC more than a decade ago, there is no “standard” contract.

Anyway, the point that I am trying to make with this picture is that my love of singing came from my father, who always sang either around our house or in our garage when I was little, and I loved hearing his beautiful Jerry Butler-like baritone voice. He even love R&B music so much that he passed that down to my sister and myself by playing records by the likes of Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston to name a few artists.

Dad, I thought that I have thanked you for everything, but I forgot to thank you for sharing your love for singing and soul music with me and also for supporting my musical ambitions since the beginning of my open mic nights in 2003. Keep singing along with the angels, and I will see you on the other side. You were and still are the real talent in our family.

In loving memory of my father, Benjamin Johnny “B.J.” Pressley (5th November 1948 – 7th April 2018)

What Can Become of a Mid-Life Crisis

My Take on Whatever

Today, Thursday, is the day I wake up with a big grin on my face, for I know in a matter of hours (I’m retired, so I get up late) I’ll be headed down to Bethania to make music the way it was meant to be made with a dozen or so of my closest friends.

Most of these friends were folks I didn’t know until June 6, 2014, the fateful day we launched Open Mic at Muddy Creek. And now, going on four years later, I count many among my closest friends in the world.

Shared experiences draw people closer, and we’ve had our share – and then some – of wonderful experiences since Bill Heath, the music mogul of Muddy Creek Cafe, agreed that we should give an Open Mic a go down in the historical Moravian settlement some dozen or so miles northwest of Winston.

You’re always…

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4th April 2018 #NCmusic #BenjiMartinNC

Hello, everyone! How are you doing? I have not posted anything here or on any of my other social media in a while due to my being under the weather a couple of times in recent weeks as well as having to help my dad out due to foot surgery that he has had a couple of months ago, but hopefully, I will be back on the open mic stage in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina again within the next week or two. So keep checking back here for the latest info. Thank you very much for your support.

2nd March 2018 #BenjiMartinNC #Martinisers #NCmusic

Hello, #Martinisers! How are you doing? I apologise for not posting much lately. I was offstage these past few weeks because I was a bit under the weather a couple of weeks ago, and if the Lord is willing, I will be back at the local open mic nights in the Piedmont Triad within the next week or so. I will keep you updated, and if you are anywhere in the Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem area, come on out and enjoy some great music.

Also, due to continuing issues with two websites/apps whose names start with an F and an I not allowing this website’s URL or contents to be shared, I am in the process of starting a new website, and I will have more details about it soon. Meanwhile, keep watching, liking, and sharing my videos at YouTube.com/BenjiMartinMusic.

Thank you very much for your support.