Lyric Benson, Daughter of Hollywood Stars, is a Musician, Actor, and Writer
You can read this profile to learn about Lyric Benson, the daughter of actor Robby Benson and singer Karla DeVito, but to really understand her, you’ll want to listen to “My Heart is the Sun,” an exuberant, eco-psychedelic, hip-pop song that trumpets Lyric’s spirit in a way the written word simply can’t. Access the song, which is featured on her debut album, Lyric’s Love Light Revolution, here.
A writer, poet, actor, and singer, Lyric grew up the child of Hollywood success, but found her own unique path to creating and performing. And to higher consciousness.
Lyric’s dad was a film and TV star in the 1970s and 1980s (One on One, Ice Castles, The Chosen) who became a TV director of more than 100 popular sitcoms including dozens of episodes of Friends and Ellen. Her rock singer mom had belted out songs with the likes of Meat Loaf and Blue Oyster Cult, and soloed ahead of Rick Springfield.
Lyric also worked in “the Industry” as a screenwriter at age 18, writing scripts for a Hollywood production company affiliated with Sony Pictures. As an actress, she performed on the TV shows Evening Shade and Modern Love.
Though she was drawn to the bright lights and to the thrill of performing, Lyric had a powerful yearning to experience the deeper dimensions of life. “I always wanted to know, what’s the meaning of all this? What is the point of existence?“ says Lyric.
At 18, she read Autobiography of a Yogi, the story of an Indian guru’s journey to enlightenment. It was a revelation. “That ignited an urgency in me,” she says. “I really felt I understood it. I thought I could function like that.”
A year later, she learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, which gave her a way to deepen her experience of herself and of life.
“Learning TM was incredible,” she says. “I was enthralled by the experience of silence. I had some health issues at the time that cleared up. My insomnia fell away and suddenly I could sleep.”
Finding Herself at MUM
In 2001, Lyric came to the MUM campus on a Visitors Weekend. “I was immediately struck by how happy and kind everyone was,” she says. “The environment, the silence, and the program were amazing.”
She enrolled, and in 2006 earned a BA in Maharishi Vedic Science. She spent the next several years focused on an inward journey, practicing the TM-Sidhi® program (an advanced module of the TM technique), and immersed herself in studying and experiencing higher states of consciousness in a retreat program called Mother Divine. And she continued to write.
In 2011, Lyric emerged from retreat with a strong desire to express what she had experienced in art and in action. “I wanted to put the poetry I’d been writing into music,” she says.
Working with her multitalented actor dad, Robby Benson — who is also an accomplished musician and composer, and thevoice of the Beast in Disney’s animated feature, Beauty and the Beast — Lyric’s Love Light Revolution was born in 2011.
The album describes Lyric’s own spiritual journey. “First there’s love, the desire for union, to know who you really are in your heart,” she says. “The light comes in because there’s that aha moment, and that’s what transforms, what causes, the revolution.” Fans of the album include Charlie Sheen (photo right).
Her time at MUM has always remained close to Lyric’s heart. “MUM was awesome,” she says. “It’s a school that’s all about diving into the Self, experiencing the peace within, and then kicking butt in activity in whatever way you’re given to move and flow through life!”
Written by Warren Goldie