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Ben Howard

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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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Albums by
Ben Howard

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    10 songs

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    I Forget Where We Were

    11 songs

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    Every Kingdom

    4 songs

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    Burgh Island

    3 songs

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    The Wolves

    16 songs

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    Every Kingdom

    2 songs

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    Keep Your Head Up

    4 songs

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    The Old Pine

    6 songs

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    These Waters

    10 songs

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    Every Kingdom

    4 songs

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    Old Pine

    1 song

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    End of the Affair


Top Songs by
Ben Howard

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  2.   Only Love
  3.   Keep Your Head Up
  4.   The Wolves
  5.   The Fear
  6.   Old Pine
  7.   Promise
  8.   In Dreams
  9.   Diamonds
  10.   Oats In the Water
  11.   Esmerelda
  12.   Small Things
  13.   Depth Over Distance
  14.   Black Flies
  15.   Bones
  16.   All Is Now Harmed
  17.   Evergreen
  18.   Rivers in Your Mouth
  19.   I Forget Where We Were
  20.   Gracious
  21.   Conrad
  22.   Move Like You Want
  23.   To Be Alone
  24.   Empty Corridors
  25.   These Waters
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Ben Howard

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    Indie Sunrise

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    Take A Hike

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    Café Acoustic

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    UK Indie

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    Adult Alternative

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    UK Hits

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    Alt. Country

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    Folk


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