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Ben Howard

Singer / Songwriter from London

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Ben Howard Biography

Ben Howard is a mercurial British singer/songwriter who rose to prominence -- alongside contemporaries like Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Ed Sheeran, and James Vincent McMorrow -- on the basis of his 2011 LP, Every Kingdom. His soulful croon and deft guitar work initially drew inspiration from the 1970s British folk scene, but later works like 2014's I Forget Where We Were and 2018's Noonday Dream utilized more contemporary pop touchstones.   Born in London in 1987, Howard grew up in South Devon, where his mother's collection of folk records helped instill a love for Joni Mitchell, Donovan, and Richie Havens. Howard also developed an interest in surfing, briefly moving to Newquay, the su...

Ben Howard is a mercurial British singer/songwriter who rose to prominence -- alongside contemporaries like Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Ed Sheeran, and James Vincent McMorrow -- on the basis of his 2011 LP, Every Kingdom. His soulful croon and deft guitar work initially drew inspiration from the 1970s British folk scene, but later works like 2014's I Forget Where We Were and 2018's Noonday Dream utilized more contemporary pop touchstones.

 

Born in London in 1987, Howard grew up in South Devon, where his mother's collection of folk records helped instill a love for Joni Mitchell, Donovan, and Richie Havens. Howard also developed an interest in surfing, briefly moving to Newquay, the surf capital of the U.K., where he received class credit for working at a surfing magazine. Howard dropped out of school six months shy of graduation, though, convinced by the surf community's enthusiastic response to his music -- which, despite its acoustic folk sound and beachy vibe, sounded more like John Martyn than Jack Johnson -- that he should ditch the newsroom and focus on songwriting.

 

The surf community proved to be a big stepping stone for Howard, who found himself playing to packed audiences long before his music spread beyond the U.K. beaches. A European tour with Xavier Rudd helped him build a wider audience in late 2008, as did the release of EPs like These Waters and Old Pine. By the time Howard finished recording his full-length debut, Every Kingdom, in 2011, he'd signed a major-label deal with Island Records (the same label that once released music by John Martyn) and graduated to headliner status, thanks to growing fan bases in England, Germany, France, and Holland. Every Kingdom proved to be a breakout release in the U.K., earning Howard a Mercury Prize nomination and two BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist, and eventually going platinum.

 

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Ben Howard Discography

  • 2011AlbumEvery Kingdom
  • 2011SingleKeep Your Head Up
  • 2011EPOld Pine
  • 2012EPBurgh Island
  • 2012SingleThe Wolves (2012 Version)
  • 2014AlbumI Forget Where We Were
  • 2018SingleAnother Friday Night / Hot Heavy Summer / Sister
  • 2018SingleNica Libres at Dusk (Radio Edit)
  • 2018AlbumNoonday Dream
  • 2019SingleHeave Ho
  • 2021AlbumCollections From The Whiteout
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