Numerous open mic nights and various club slots in London, found Rhian Benson's voice often compared to Sade, Phyllis Hyman and Norah Jones. One night after a show Rhian was offered a deal by an executive from Los Angeles based label, DKG, and relocated to America to write and record her debut album Gold Coast a title which beautifully reflects her childhood home of Ghana.
Under the Californian sun the gifted songstress, musician and writer co-produced the album with Grammy Award-winning producers Bob Power (Chaka Khan, A Tribe Called Quest) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo). The albums sound was a striking collection of moving songs, beautiful and passionate melodies and rich production, all fused together underneath Rhian's velvety and captivating voice. In 2004, it was released to phenomenal international support and great critical acclaim.
Rhian's self-penned debut single "Say How I Feel" was a Top 10 R&B hit in the US and Top 30 in the UK national charts. The video for the single featuring the model Tyson Beckford and an iconic looking Rhian instantly became MTV Base's #1 Most Played video. The BR Gunna remix of "Say How I Feel" went on to become an underground hip hop classic and saw Rhian collaborate with hip hop legends Slum Village.