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Ben Howard

Before launching his career as an acoustic singer/songwriter, Ben Howard grew up in South Devon, England, 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, catching his first wave at the age of 11 and heading to the beach whenever he wasn’t busy writing music in the folksy style of his influences. While pursuing a journalism degree years later, he briefly moved 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. He continued developing his style, too, adding a percussive element to his playing by learning to rap his knuckles across the guitar body between strums. 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 autumn 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 performed very well in the U.K., where it wound up getting nominated for the Mercury Prize and helped him win BRIT Awards for British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Male Artist; it was certified Platinum in that country. For his anticipated sophomore set, I Forget Where We Were, Howard went somewhat electric and was rewarded with strong reviews and sales; it debuted at number one on the U.K. charts. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Ben Howard

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
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    Adult Alternative

    Adult Alternative
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    Adult Rock

    Adult Rock
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    Alt Country

    Alt Country
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Albums by
Ben Howard

Top Songs by
Ben Howard

  1.   Song
  2.   Only Love
  3.   Keep Your Head Up
  4.   The Wolves
  5.   The Fear
  6.   Old Pine
  7.   Promise
  8.   Diamonds
  9.   In Dreams
  10.   Oats In the Water
  11.   Esmerelda
  12.   Small Things
  13.   Cloud Nine
  14.   Black Flies
  15.   I Forget Where We Were
  16.   Everything
  17.   Time Is Dancing
  18.   Bones
  19.   Rivers in Your Mouth
  20.   Gracious
  21.   Evergreen
  22.   Under the Same Sun
  23.   Depth Over Distance
  24.   The Fire
  25.   Follaton Wood
  26.   Conrad
  27.   End of the Affair
  28.   She Treats Me Well
  29.   Move Like You Want
  30.   Burgh Island by Monica Heldal
  31.   To Be Alone
  32.   I Will Be Blessed
  33.   Empty Corridors
  34.   Further Away
  35.   Three Tree Town
  36.   These Waters
  37.   Call Me Maybe
  38.   All Is Now Harmed
  39.   London

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