Ben Fields made his way from Rochester, NY to New York City is a very roundabout way: he spent 15 years living in Australia with his family. One day he met Seymour Stein, the legendary founder and president of Sire Records (the label that signed The Pretenders, Talking Heads, and Madonna) at a conference in Sydney. Stein gave Ben his card and said to look him up if he was ever in New York. Ben took a leap of faith, left Australia, and showed up one day Stein's office. That led to recording with J.C.