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

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