Lee Brotherton, better known by his stage name Bentley Jones (ベントレー・ジョーンズ Bentorē Jōnzu?), is an English recording artist who signed his debut album, TRANS//LATION, to EMI Music Japan in 2008. Jones has been known to perform in English, French and Japanese.
Jones is known for his performance on Silver's theme "Dreams of an Absolution" in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). He has also remixed other tracks from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Some of his compositions and writing work are credited to his production house and UK label, the Remix Factory. He has also used the alias Phunkstar when creating official remixes for artists including Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.
Involvement with Sonic Team
When Brotherton was younger, he began experimenting with music production on the website OverClocked ReMix, where he uploaded remixes of songs from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, including tracks from Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic Adventure 2. Later on, he would become involved in the series proper when an instrumental showreel of his latest works ended up in the hands of Jun Senoue from Sonic Team, who contacted Brotherton to ask if he would like to work on the series.
The game soundtrack he ended up working on was Shadow the Hedgehog, where he was credited as Lee Brotherton for the Remix Factory. He arranged the tracks for the Blue Falcon boss and "E.G.G.M.A.N. (Doc. Robeatnix Mix)", both of which are remixes of music from Sonic Adventure 2, with the Blue Falcon song based on the GUN Mobile theme. He would go on to write and perform Silver's theme "Dreams of an Absolution" in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). His vocals were also used for the "LB vs JS Remix" of "Dreams of an Absolution" in the vocal soundtrack for the game, Several Wills. For Sonic Rivals, Brotherton composed the track "Quick Trip to Paradise", which was used for Forest Falls Zone.
Debut of Bentley Jones
In 2007, he departed the Remix Factory in order to pursue a solo career under the stage name Bentley Jones. Under this new name, Jones would create a remix of "Open Your Heart", orginally by Crush 40 for Sonic Adventure, for the compilation album True Blue: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog. He was a special guest at Summer of Sonic 2008, where he gave a live performance of his rendition of "His World", entitled the "Blue World Prelude".
Jones was offered a record deal by EMI Music Japan in 2008. He would release his debut single "Sunao ni Naretara ～FINAL NIGHT～" (素直になれたら ～FINAL NIGHT～?), and album TRANS//LATION, in 2009. He would also continue to contribute to the Sonic series with his "Fairytales in Trance" remix of "Seven Rings in Hand" for the vocal soundtrack of Sonic and the Black Knight, Face to Faith. His "K-Klub Remix'" of "Open Your Heart" was featured on the compilation album True Colors: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Part 2. However, the song was released without his notification or approval. He did not consider it an accurate representation of his work, and as such did not regard it as an official addition to his discography.
In 2010, Jones released the EP So Much More... under his Remix Factory Music label. It features the theme for Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing also titled "So Much More...". For his second album TRANS//LATION 2, released in 2011, he produced and arranged a new version of "Dreams of an Absolution (2011 Version)". The 2015 album TRANS//LATION 3: The Complete Anthology would contain another rendition, "Dreams of an Absolution (Nightlight Version)". Later in 2019 for TRANS//LATED: 10th Anniversary Album, he would record yet another version of the song, "Dreams of an Absolution 2019", along with releasing a music video.
- Shadow the Hedgehog:
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006):
- Sonic Rivals:
- "Quick Trip To Paradise"
- Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing:
- Sonic the Hedgehog Vocal Traxx: Several Wills:
- "Dreams of an Absolution (LB vs JS Remix)"
- True Blue: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog:
- Face to Faith: Sonic and the Black Knight Vocal Trax:
- "Seven Rings in Hand ~Fairytales in Trance~"
- True Colors: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Part 2:
- "Open Your Heart" (K-Klub Remix)
- Bentley Jones is the first ever British artist to have a major-label Japanese album after signing a deal with EMI Music Japan.
- Jones' first video game was the original Sonic the Hedgehog.
- His favorite Sonic games are Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles and Sonic Adventure.
- "Dreams of an Absolution" was one of the few songs Jones sang where he was not directly involved with the production or arrangement. Upon hearing the final product, he "wasn't that keen on it," hence the reason why he remade the song for TRANS//LATION 2. However, he admitted that he was wrong, since fans loved the song.
- TRANS//LATION. Remix Factory Media. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020.
- ベントレー・ジョーンズ (Japanese). EMI Music Japan. Archived from the original on 19 March 2009.
- Bentley Jones (2 August 2008). NEW TRACK: Cassandre feat. Bentley Jones "Liberté". Archived from the original on 23 March 2016.
- Remix Factory Music. Archived from the original on 29 March 2015.
- Biography - Bentley Jones Official Site. Remix Factory Media. Archived from the original on 23 September 2020.
- Bentley Jones (12 May 2009). REMIX: Whitney Houston gets Bentley Jones’ “Phunkstar” treatment. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016.
- RadioSEGA Interviews... Bentley Jones. RadioSEGA (17 September 2013). Archived from the original on 7 June 2016.
- Artist: LeeBro. OverClocked ReMix. Archived from the original on 2 November 2015.
- FTCR (14 January 2013). Summer of Sonic - '09: 'U Won't 4get Him' - Bentley Jones Talks To FTCR. Youtube. Retrieved on 12 December 2020.
- LeeBro departs Remix Factory, flies solo as Bentley Jones. VG Frequency (20 November 2007). Archived from the original on 5 June 2012.
- Bentley Jones (16 March 2010). Absolution. Archived from the original on 18 August 2015.
- Albums. Remix Factory Media. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020.
- Bentley Jones (19 September 2014). #AskBen Ep.2 - Getting Married, Vocaloids and Preorders. Youtube. Retrieved on 5 December 2020. “Bentley Jones: “Dreams” was one of the rare occasions that I sang a track that I wasn’t directly involved in the production, the arrangement of it. So when Tomoya sent over the final version, I really wasn’t that keen on it. And I hold my hands up; I was wrong about that. You guys love it so much, and you guys can’t be wrong, so I admit that I was totally wrong on that call.”