Rob Benedict

Rob Benedict is an actor best known for his roles in TV and films including "Felicity", "Supernatural" and the movie Waiting...

Born and raised in Columbia, Missouri, Benedict received a degree in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. After graduating, his passion for theater lead him to performing in regional theaters across the country, including the critically acclaimed South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, California. In addition he developed a one-man show based on the life of James Dean which he performed in Chicago and Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles he began performing in improv and sketch comedy shows. Soon he ventured into the world of stand-up comedy and hosted a monthly show called "Die Laughing" in which he performed with the likes of Tig Navaro, Paul F. Tompkins and Zach Galifiankis.

After a handful of guest star roles in tv, he was cast as "Richard Coad" in the critically acclaimed series "Felicity", which ran for 4 years on the WB. Since then, Rob has acted in more than 50 episodes of television over his near 20 year career. He is known as the prophet "Chuck Shurley" in the CW series, "Supernatural" and the irreverent power agent "Jeremy Berger" in the buzz worthy Starz comedy series "Head Case". Other regular roles include "Lucas Pegg" in the CBS sci-fi drama "Threshold", Sydney Bristow's partner "Brodien" in "Alias", and "Judah" in the NBC sit-com "Come To Papa". Additional television credits include guest appearances on "The Mentalist", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "Shameless", "Psych", "Cold Case", "Law and Order: LA", "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", "Burn Notice", "House", "NCIS", "Medium", "Monk", "NYPD Blue", as well as recurring roles on "Touch", "Franklin and Bash", "Chicago Hope", "Birds of Prey" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Film credits include starring opposite Jenna Fischer in A Little Help. Also Still Waiting, where he reprised his role as Calvin, the loveably insecure waiter in the sequel to the comedy Waiting. Other notable film roles include State of Play with Russell Crowe, Kicking and Screaming with Will Ferrell, Sex and Death 101 with Winona Ryder, The First 20 Million is Always the Hardest with Rosario Dawson, as well as Not Another Teen Movie, and Two Days with Paul Rudd.

He wrote, produced and starred in the independent short film The Sidekick, which made its debut at the 2013 Comic-Con in San Diego. He also wrote the shorts Lifetripper and the "Unauthorized Hangover 2 Documentary", which was featured on the DVD of the Hangover 2.

When not acting, Benedict can be seen and heard as the front man of the LA based rock band Louden Swain.

 



Louden Swain

Rob Benedict - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Michael Borja - Bass & Vocals
Billy Moran - Guitars & Vocals
Stephen Norton - Drums & Vocals

 

 

Prior to their newest album Sky Alive, Louden Swain’s 2012 album Eskimo had solidified their reign as indie darlings in the Los Angeles music scene. The release of Eskimo - the band’s 4th studio record - yielded a year marked by an American and European tour, and included instant classic shows in New York, London, Chicago and Berlin. While videos for the singles “Eskimo” and “Gamma Ray” posted impressive numbers on YouTube, the song “Worlds Collide” was featured in the CW series “Supernatural”. Indie Rock Café said about the album “With that kind of talent helping them out, it’s nearly impossible not to end up with some great tracks”.

The four friends and longtime bandmates had a lot to be excited about. Lead singer Rob Benedict, bass player Mike Borja and drummer Stephen Norton started the band in 1997. Early on the music catered to the time - they were a Green Day-esque garage rock band. The new millennium added influences from Wilco and My Morning Jacket. But their core purpose never changed—make music that you enjoy. With the addition of lead guitar player Billy Moran in 2005, they were finally able to not only make the music the wanted to, but with a new layer of sound that matched the epic visions they were hearing in their head. Those epic visions manifested themselves in A Brand New Hurt (2007) and Eskimo.
But 2013 brought a new challenge that they would have to overcome. In October, lead singer Benedict (also an actor with an impressive resume including “Waiting...”, “Kicking and Screaming”, “Supernatural”, and “Felicity” to name a few) unexpectedly suffered an ischemic stroke, caused by a tear in his carotid artery. This unlikely occurrence put not only Rob’s future, but also the band’s, in question. But Rob started making a surprisingly quick recovery, fueled by practices with the band. At first he could play but had a hard time enunciating lyrics, but they kept on. “It was the one thing I could do that felt good, and was good for me.” said Benedict. By January 2014, he was back to full health, much to the amazement of the doctors. His “therapy” had produced 16 new Louden Swain songs that were ready to record.

The result is Sky Alive - Louden Swain’s 5th full length album – a 12 song symphony of pain and triumph. It is an album about not only surviving but also re-connecting with life. The band has never sounded so full and passionate. The album is the closest yet to capturing the energy and pulse of their live shows. As always, the lyrics have that biting wit, catchy choruses, and instantly memorable melodies which have become the Louden Swain signature. The band produced Sky Alive themselves, and the finishing touches were added by mixer Jon Kaplan (Parachute, Augustana, Gavin DeGraw) and mastering by Gavin Lurssen (Bruno Mars, Queens of the Stone Age, Sheryl Crow).

Their music is available on Itunes and Amazon.

 



Jason Manns and Band

 As a singer/songwriter Jason has released his debut album in 2006 and not only plays in the US but has toured Europe multiple times. His original songs are placed in TV Shows in the US, one of those being theTV Hit-Series Supernatural.

As an actor he had leading roles in Indiefilms like "Cake" and character roles in films like "Rock Slyde". As a producer Jason has worked on various short films.

Jason resides in Los Angeles.

He released his second album "Soul", which he describes like that: "I am really excited about this album, there are some definite experiments on there that I'm curious to see how they go over. There are, of course,plenty of songs that sound like what most people would think of as "JasonManns songs" but there are a couple, maybe a few, that don't really sound like that... and I really like them! It's not a crazy departure. It's not electronic, no vocal, dance music or anything, but there is one rock song on there that is pretty fun, and kinda dark, and there's one with kind of an R&B influence... like I said, experimental!”

His next album "Move" was released in 2013 and is also a great success!

In December 2014, Jason released a Christmas Album with wonderful guest appearances of actors from Supernatural like Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Rob Benedict and Richard Speight jr.. The associated release party for this album was held at the King King in Hollywood and was live streamed on Stageit with over 5000 viewers. The proceeds went to Random Acts, a charity organization of Misha Collins.

His music is available on Itunes, Amazon and cdbaby.