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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
    1 song

    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.   Esmerelda
  9.   Oats In the Water
  10.   In Dreams
  11.   Diamonds
  12.   Small Things
  13.   Black Flies
  14.   Rivers in Your Mouth
  15.   Conrad
  16.   Burgh Island by Monica Heldal
  17.   Under the Same Sun
  18.   Move Like You Want
  19.   Everything
  20.   End of the Affair
  21.   Time Is Dancing
  22.   I Forget Where We Were
  23.   These Waters
  24.   Gracious
  25.   Empty Corridors
  26.   All Is Now Harmed
  27.   Evergreen
  28.   She Treats Me Well
  29.   Call Me Maybe
  30.   To Be Alone
  31.   I Will Be Blessed
  32.   Follaton Wood
  33.   Further Away
  34.   Three Tree Town
  35.   Bones
  36.   [CD-ROM Track]
  37.   Move Like You Want To
  38.   Official Videos: Old Pine/The Wolves/Keep Your Head Up
  39.   Woodland Sessions: The Wolves/Old Pine/Everything
  40.   Behind the Scenes: Highland Drifting/Making of a Record Cover/The Barn
  41.   Keep Your Hands Up
  42.   7 Bottles
  43.   Figure 8
  44.   The Boxer
  45.   Am I in Your Light?
  46.   Hideaway
  47.   Cloud Nine
  48.   London
  49.   The Fire

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