Legal name: Benjamin Breakspeare
Benjamin Sainte-Clementine (English pronunciation: /ˈbɛndʒəmɪn ˈsən ˈkləməntɪn/; born 7 December 1988) is a singer-poet, pianist, composer and musician from London, England. Dubbed as the future sound of London and praised by Sir Paul Mccartney, Charles Aznavour, David Byrne and Björk, he grew up in North London before moving to France for a period of time. During his spell whilst singing in Paris he broke free from the traditional song structure, inventing his own dramatic and innovative musical territory and consequently became a cult figure in the music and art scene.
He then moved back to London and subsequently made his TV debut on the British television programme Later With Jools Holland. Most critics have honored him citing and describing him as a man of unusual intelligence, great pianistic style and deep musicality with charisma on stage but nonetheless, found it difficult to place in one specific genre, rather beyond category. However, his vocal range, ability and diction has mostly been compared to that of Nina Simone, Antony Hegarty and his passionate vocal delivery to Edith Piaf
Clementine's music is famously incisive and poetic, mixing revolt with love, hope, rebellion and melancholy, sophisticated lyricism with slang and shouts, and rhyming verse with prose monologues. He is noticeably seen playing on stage entirely in black or dark grey long trench-like woollen coat with no shirt underneath, in bare feet.