Ben Howard (born May 24, 1988) is an English singer-songwriter, born in London. He moved to Totnes Devon in his teens and is currently signed to Island Records and Communion Records.
Howard was raised by musical parents who exposed him to lots of their favorite records from singer-songwriter artists from the 1960s and 1970s, such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, which were a big influence on him.
After attending King Edward IV Community College and Torquay Boys’ Grammar School and then a short stint studying Journalism at University College Falmouth, Cornwall, Ben decided to focus on making music full time, making melodic rootsy folk music, with progressively darker lyrics.
He began to build up a reputation not just around Devon, but elsewhere in the UK as well. After a month of sold out dates across Europe and the UK Howard was eventually asked to sign to Island Records.
Because of the label’s history of UK folk singers, including Nick Drake and John Martyn, Ben decided to sign. With singles “Old Pine”, and “The Wolves” released already in 2011, he has recorded an album entitled Every Kingdom for the label, which was released on 6 October, 2011.
In 2012 Ben will launch his music in America with ‘Every Kingdom’ finding a release on April 3rd, with appearances at SXSW in Texas and a US tour already confirmed.
Ben Howard is confirmed to play at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee
A Letter from Ben:
I was brought up in Totnes, South Devon.. neatly nestled between the moors and the sea.
I travel lots, surf when I can, probably drink too much, definitely think too much, and at 22 still make irrational choices. I like the outdoors and the Autumn. I’m happiest on the road or at home with friends.
Musically I started playing and writing as a kid and it’s maybe the one thing that’s never changed. Mum was a big listener to all the greats- the likes of John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan etc so that’s played a big part in my life (Dad was more of a Yes and Pink Floyd man). Our tape collection is pretty good:)
Much love from Devon,