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The Story Behind the Song

In the fall of 2018, I was back home on Oahu for my grandfather‘s funeral. I had a couple extra days after my family went home. I went and upgraded my phone and took some shots of me goofing off with my friends. That footage became the music video for our lead single, #BanyanTree. This song ponders the question, what is home to you? For me, it’s enjoying the place where I grew up, Honolulu — the people, the sights, the sounds, the food, the music, the ohana, the aloha. And then, suddenly realizing you’re on a plane back to Seattle. Was it a dream? How are you always in my dreams?

-Ben, Theory of Change


“Banyan Tree” was written by Ben Henry and performed by Theory of Change. It was originally recorded in 2017 in Seattle, WA, in a basement studio in Beacon Hill. The song was released as a single by Theory of Change on May 28, 2018.

Performing on the recording are:

  • Ben Henry: Lead vocals, guitar, piano
  • Michelle Fellows: Vocals
  • Bill Monteleone: Sax
  • Justin Chan: Cello
  • David Hiller: Bass
  • Lui Williams: Drums

The song was mixed and mastered by Jonny See.

The music video was shot by Ben Henry, Yvonne Hopkins, and Nicole Campany, and edited by Lui Williams.