In his debut album From the Inside, Ben Togut, a singer-songwriter, poet, and short story writer, captures his experience growing up in New York City and attempts to make sense of the division and hatred he observed following the tumultuous 2016 election. His award-winning song, “Ocean of Pain,” preaches tolerance and acceptance of marginalized people and those deemed as “other.” He hopes his music will inspire these disenfranchised voices to speak their truth in an emotionally charged and politically divisive world.
In addition to receiving recognition by the three songwriting competitions (ISC, Songdoor and Unsigned Only), Ocean of Pain was selected as a NYSSMA Honors Composition Winner for voice & piano, and was performed at the 20th Annual NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference, December 2018.
Special thanks to Ben's voice teacher, Michelle Carr, for her inspiration, wisdom, and support and for challenging him to be the best he can, both in music and in life.
Click here to watch Ben's performance of Ocean of Pain