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Ben Harper

Combining funky, groove-laden soul with handcrafted acoustic folk-rock, Ben Harper enjoyed cult status during the course of the '90s before gaining wider attention toward the decade's end. As a young artist, he drew his influences from classic singer/songwriters, blues revivalists, guitar slingers, and jam bands like Blues Traveler and Phish, which meant he was embraced by critics and college kids alike. Despite finding commercial success with the radio single "Steal My Kisses" in 2000, Harper continued to explore different (and often challenging) musical textures during the 21st century, enjoying a solid fan base at home and a considerable amount of fame in Europe, where was named 2003's Artist of the Year by the French branch of Rolling Stone.

A native of California, Harper grew up listening to blues, folk, soul, R&B, and reggae. He started playing guitar as a child and began to perform regularly as a preteen. During his adolescence, he focused heavily on the acoustic slide guitar, which eventually became his signature instrument. Harper scored a deal with Virgin Records in 1992 after maintaining a steady schedule of shows in the L.A. area; two years later, he released his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World, to positive reviews.

Released in 1995, the politically heavy Fight for Your Mind made for a strong sophomore effort, an obvious growth in musical experimentation and individual declamation. It was also the songwriter's first record to later reach gold status. Harper's third album, 1997's The Will to Live, pushed his blues-oriented alternative folk into the middle mainstream, becoming a mainstay at college radio and making inroads at adult alternative radio. Recorded over two years of touring in support of Fight for Your Mind, The Will to Live also introduced the Innocent Criminals, Harper's longstanding backup band. The Innocent Criminals -- bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Dean Butterworth, and percussionist David Leach -- helped solidify Harper's musical rhythms and emotional diversity over the years to come.

Harper's career gained momentum during 1998 and 1999. One of his most successful albums to date, 1999's Burn to Shine, blended his fondness of '20s jazz compositions with urban beatboxing, resulting in a clever and passionate collection of songs. "Steal My Kisses" and "Suzie Blue" were radio favorites, landing him two headlining world tours and an opening spot on the Dave Matthews Band's annual summer trek in 2000. The following spring, Harper issued Live from Mars, a double-disc of live electric and acoustic material spanning the previous year's tour and including covers of material by Led Zeppelin, the Verve, and Marvin Gaye.

Harper dove into worldbeat on his fifth studio effort, Diamonds on the Inside, which appeared in March 2003. He toured through Europe the following year with the Blind Boys of Alabama, and the two acts entered Capitol Records' basement studios after the tour's commencement to lay down ten tracks together. The resulting collaborative album (issued under the names of both Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama), There Will Be a Light, was released in September 2004, followed by the concert CD/DVD package Live at the Apollo in 2005.

Eager to release more material, Harper reconvened the Innocent Criminals and issued the double album Both Sides of the Gun in March 2006. The album reached number seven on the Billboard album charts and rose to number one in Australia. While touring in support of the record, Harper and company began playing a new slew of songs during their evening soundchecks, eventually decamping to Paris and recording the new material within one week. This resulted in two records -- Lifeline and Live at Twist and Shout Records -- both of which were issued in 2007. For his 2009 album, White Lies for Dark Times, Harper recorded with the band Relentless7, the members of whom had previously worked with Harper on the track "Serve Your Soul" from Both Sides of the Gun. Harper & the Relentless7 recorded Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July 2009 and released the album early the following year. Afterwards, Harper began working on his first solo album in years, using Jackson Browne's basement as a recording studio and collaborating with Ringo Starr on two tracks. The album's first single, "Rock n' Roll Is Free," was released during the early spring of 2011, followed two months later by the full-length Give Till It's Gone, and in 2012 by the career retrospective By My Side. Harper then moved over to Stax and teamed with blues legend Charlie Musselwhite for 2013's collaboratively released Get Up!

Harper literally went back to his roots on his next offering. He teamed with his mother, Ellen Harper, a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist in her own right, and the director of The Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California -- which his grandparents founded -- for the recording Childhood Home. Ellen wrote four tunes on the set while Ben wrote six, and they performed together throughout. The set was issued by Concord in May of 2014. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Track List: Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Rock 'N' Roll Is Free (Radio Single)

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Track List: Shimmer And Shine (Radio Single)

Comments

Amazing lyricist, voice, and face. I love you Ben
this is one of the most beautiful pieces of music i have ever heard in my life
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Nice tune, good lyrics... I really need to pick up more on Ben Harper...
so good
Saw Ben with Charlie Musselwhite in Fargo, ND 6/23/14. Over the top, off the hook, best collaboratio n I've ever witnessed. I love ya, Fargo loves ya....please come back soon!
kemp_candace
Love this!!!
Shake dem bones!!!!
let's burn one down! straight to the roach.... then B.T. that too...
I love you LAINA
Terrific performer in concert!!! :-)
Cool soul rocker, introspectiv e , Doc-Roc
falch6
Ben is a deep deep deep man. Good stuff!








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Try it first, you'll see its a blessing and not a curse. Need to see in concert, hope everyone starts to think this way. If I'm causing no harm, it shouldn't bother you. America's prescription drugs, alcohol, and real drugs are the problem (coke, crack, meth, speed, dope/heroin) . Cigarette's kill too, but are minuscule compared to the above.
dezzer1
Great Artist great music soulful expressivene s s and beautiful guitar playing!
Nice
Best artist ever!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this comment on three songs you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs min at least 143 minutes then press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
What is this 0_0 I like it soo much
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day ofyour life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it really works
Don't read this cause it actually works.
jilz05
Love! I saw Ben Harper live and he was amazing
**YAWN**
I once had Both Sides Of The Gun, but someone took half of it to Seattle. That was only 7 or 8 years ago. So much happened after that, maybe not so much in the last three, but oh well. What goes around comes around, I suppose.
His voice brings chills 2 the soul:)
hey mothersucker s
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This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of yo
Ben Harper is great if you like this listen to Jack Johnson or G Love & The Special Sauce!
quentinseabr o n
David Ruffen sings it better. This man can sing it too; Ben Harper
mpstarble
If you like Ben then check out Anthony Starble on iTunes!
Love it. The voice melts butter.
This man IS GOLD...(sigh ) Love it!
So soothing I love it <3
DON'T READ THAT BECAUSE IF YOU DO YOUR STUPID AND DESERVE TO BE SLAPPED!!!!! We aren't on here to see stupid crap like you mmmkay_us, we'er here to listen to great music. GO AWAY!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
meeshalatin
whatever mmkay
Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of Ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of Ur life. However if u don't post this comment on at least 3 songs u will die in 2 days. Now you've start reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works.
@bbys: That's Ben Folds! He's good too :)
Heart and Soul
good sound
pandora has made me pleasently surprised that real music is still being recoreded. it just isn't put on the radio. well a good portion of our population is boring and pointless. but this guy aint
When your stoned...thi s guy is weird!!
Nice frat party behind him, staining what would otherwise be a great song.
brandonmlemo n
Love the title, fight for your mind. In this age of mass propaganda and misinformati o n , the concept of fighting for your mind is hard to imagine for the majority. Sadly.......
Sometimes I can barley contain my joy from doing what I do best...worki n g on being an angel. Everybody should feel this good...how are you living?
sounds a lot like Cat Stevens
@Cult of Inequity- I agree completely. Live From Mars was his last great album, I can't even listen to the newer stuff.
love him!
dawnalbat
forgot how much i love this song. the drugs don't work. altho better by the original singer.
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