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Crimson Apple is an all-girl, pop-alternative band from Hawaii, now based in Los Angeles, California. The band features four sisters- Colby Benson (Lead Vocals/Keys), Shelby Benson (Guitar/Vocals), Carthi Benson (Bass/Vocals), and Faith Benson (Drums). These girls are known for the tightness, presence, and energy of their powerful live performances, as well as their signature red and black attire. The band’s musical influences span a wide variety of genres, but their sound can be likened to that of bands like Paramore, Young the Giant, and Japanese rock band, ONE OK ROCK.
Colby and Shelby were originally members of “The Colby Benson Band”, but ended up losing a couple of their other band mates, leaving them without a bassist and drummer. In August 2012, the band went through a huge makeover when they added Carthi and Faith (the two youngest sisters)—and the band name was changed to Crimson Apple. Awards include being the winners of the 2017 The FIFTH Anaheim Live Battle of the Bands, 2016 NOS Citrus Fair Battle of the Bands presented by Self Help, 2014 Star 101.9 Battle of the Bands, the 2013 Turtle Bay Annual Kanikapila Kontest, and the 2013 Koko Marina Band Challenge. Crimson Apple has opened for All Time Low, The Green, and Hawaiian music legends, HAPA, and has appeared on shows/bills with national artists such as Will Champlain, Switchfoot, and One Republic.
On September 18th, 2015, the band released their debut album, "Hello". The title track was featured in a commercial airing in Hawaii and across the internet, and has been airing on iHeartMedia station, Star 101.9. Additionally, Crimson Apple was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year, Most Promising Artist of the Year, and Group of the Year in the 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's equivalent of the Grammy Awards). “Hello” has generated a buzz of momentum that has opened up new and exciting opportunities for the band.
After performing island-wide, gaining a strong social media following, and releasing their first album, the band relocated to California to further pursue their music. Since the move, the band has performed in numerous venues in California, most notably securing regular shows within the Disneyland Resort. They are also currently planning their first tour and are already looking forward to their next recording project.
"The Crimson Apple CD Release Party was an absolute clinic on how to execute a performance. I've finally become the older musician who gets to sit back, in assured hands that music will never be outdated and age doesn't play a factor in the possession of raw talent. It was also reassuring that after that epic performance, and the last bits and pieces of the audience picked their jaws off the floor, that night wasn't about their age or their gender, but just how amazing a band we've all just seen…"
--LOPAKA HOLMBERG, Amanda Frazier Band
"I went to see them at a battle of the bands... and Leslie had to tell me three times to close my mouth cuz my jaw was open. I was so blown away by these girls... All original music, I mean it's incredible to even think about it."
--BARRY FLANAGAN, HAPA
“After watching [Crimson Apple] perform live at their CD Release Party, I am certain that the band's Pop Alternative sound will become an unstoppable entity in the mainstream music industry”
--RACHEL THORPE, FAME Magazine
“The all-female rock outfit Crimson Apple has consistently showcased a brand of melody-driven pop rock island-wide since the group’s inception in 2012. Along with a significant subscriber base on YouTube, these Mililani girls have played countless venues and continue to generate buzz both on and off the web.”
--EVAN MORGAN, INh Magazine
“I see big things in their future, plus you know I am the number one supporter of rocker girls from Hawai’i.”
--ERIN SMITH, Honolulu Pulse
“This 42 mile island of O'ahu has produced worldwide talent including our current President, Bruno Mars, and Heisman Winner Marcus Mariota. ~It also has produced what we believe is one of the greatest all-original teenage girl Rock Bands in the world! ~They are called CRIMSON APPLE”
--BARRY FLANAGAN, HAPA