Ben Harper

Benjamin Chase Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.[1] Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock music[2] and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances, and activism.[3] He has released twelve regular studio albums, mostly through Virgin Records and has toured internationally.[4][5]

Harper is a three-time Grammy Award winner and seven-time nominee, with awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2004 and Best Blues Album in 2013.[6]

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Ben Harper at the Eurockéennes in 2008
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Chase Harper
BornOctober 28, 1969 (age 49)
Pomona, California, U.S.
GenresFolk rock, blues rock, alternative rock, soul, funk rock, gospel, reggae, jam rock
Occupation(s)Musician, humanitarian
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, lap steel guitar, slide guitar, keyboard instruments, piano, bass, drums, percussion, vibes
Years active1992–present
LabelsVirgin, EMI Records
Associated actsBen Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama
Relentless7
Vanessa da Mata
Fistful of Mercy
Natalie Maines
Charlie Musselwhite
Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Ellen Harper
WebsiteOfficial web site

Early life

Harper was born in Pomona, California.[1] His late father, Leonard, was of African-American and Cherokee ancestry, and his mother, Ellen Chase-Verdries, is Jewish. His maternal great-grandmother was a Russian-Lithuanian Jew.[7][8][9] His parents divorced when he was five years old, and he grew up with his mother's family. Harper has two brothers, Joel and Peter.

Harper began playing guitar as a child.[10][11] His maternal grandparents' music store The Folk Music Center and Museum laid a foundation of folk and blues for the artist, complemented by regular patrons Leonard Cohen, Taj Mahal, John Darnielle, and David Lindley and quotes of William Shakespeare and Robert Frost made often by his grandfather.[12]:5

In 1978, at the age of 9, Harper attended Bob Marley's performance in Burbank, California where Marley was joined by former bandmate Peter Tosh for the encore. It was, according to Harper, an important influence.[13]

Career

At the age of 12, Harper played his first gig.[14] During the 1980s, in his teen years, Harper began to play the slide guitar, mimicking the style of Robert Johnson. Harper refined his style, taking up the Weissenborn slide guitar.[12]:11 Harper broke out of the Inland Empire after being offered an invitation by Taj Mahal to tour with the artist. They recorded Taj Mahal's album Follow the Drinking Gourd, released in November 1990, and toured Hawaii.[12]

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Harper on stage in 2003

In 1992, Harper recorded the LP Pleasure and Pain with folk multi-instrumentalist Tom Freund. After this limited edition record, Harper secured a lifetime record deal with Virgin Records,[15] which released his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World in 1994. This allowed him to be invited at the Rencontres Trans Musicales of Rennes in France in December 1993 where he went up for the first time on a large stage.

The first album was followed by Fight For Your Mind in 1995, with Juan Nelson on bass, which became a college radio favorite and included several songs that Harper still plays live regularly.[16]

In 1999, at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Harper met Jack Johnson and sent a demo tape of Johnson's songs to his producer, J. P. Plunier, who then produced Johnson's first album, Brushfire Fairytales, in December 2000.[17] Jack Johnson became the opening act in late February 2001 for the last twenty-three cities of Ben Harper's “Innocent Criminals” tour of the United States.[18]

Early in Harper's career, his music received more attention in Europe and was widely played in Australia (first on Triple J radio). Harper has made comments on a number of occasions that his career was kicked off in Australia. While he was a well-known and respected figure in the United States, he was also a star in countries like Australia, New Zealand, France, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, receiving a great deal of airplay and critical acclaim. His popularity in Europe became wide enough that he was French Rolling Stone magazine's Artist of the Year (Artiste De L'Année) in 2003,[19] and his Australian tour that year for Diamonds on the Inside was highly successful with record sales.

In 2002, Harper was one of the featured singers covering Motown hits by Marvin Gaye in the documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown (a history of The Funk Brothers). Harper was featured on the album True Love by Toots and the Maytals, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album, and showcased many notable musicians including Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Trey Anastasio, Gwen Stefani / No Doubt, Bonnie Raitt, Manu Chao, The Roots, Ryan Adams, Keith Richards, Toots Hibbert, Paul Douglas, Jackie Jackson, Ken Boothe, and The Skatalites.[20]

On April 3, 2004, Harper and Jack Johnson performed with Toots and the Maytals on Saturday Night Live (season 29, episode 16), a show hosted by Donald Trump.[21][22]

In October 2004, Harper participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to benefit Moveon.org and encourage people in the swing states to vote during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. In the same month, Harper contributed a live recording of the song "Oppression" to For The Lady, a benefit album for jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner and Burmese pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Harper playing a Weissenborn in Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, 2008

In 2006, Harper released the double album Both Sides of the Gun which debuted at #7 on the Billboard charts. Though uncredited, he appears briefly in the 2006 David Lynch film Inland Empire, alongside his wife Laura Dern.

Harper is part of the No Nukes group which is against the expansion of nuclear power. In 2007 the group recorded a music video of a new version of the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth".[23][24] Harper's collaboration "Boa Sorte/Good Luck" with Brazilian singer Vanessa da Mata peaked at #1 in Brazil and Portugal. In Brazil it also won a highly coveted Prêmio Multishow for "Best Song" in 2008. Also in 2008, Harper participated in the benefit album Songs for Tibet.

On August 27, 2010, it was reported that Harper had formed a band called Fistful of Mercy with Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur.[25] Fistful of Mercy released their debut record, As I Call You Down, on October 5, 2010.[26]

On May 17, 2011, Harper's official site posted that his next album was released, entitled Give Till It's Gone. The album is a continuation of recording with Relentless7.[27]

On October 1, 2012, a new album from Harper with Charlie Musselwhite was announced entitled Get Up! on Stax Records / Concord Music Group. The official release date for the album was January 29, 2013. Get Up! was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper. It is Harper's 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011's Give Till It's Gone (Virgin).[28]

In December 2012, it was announced that Harper had co-produced lead vocalist Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks first solo rock album Mother.[29] It was released on May 7, 2013.[30]

In early 2015, it was announced that Harper and The Innocent Criminals would perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in May 2015.[31] It's been confirmed that Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals will perform at Rock Werchter Festival 2015 on June 28, 2015 .[32]

Harper has four albums and one single that have been certified Gold by the RIAA. Burn To Shine/Virgin, Fight For Your Mind/Virgin, Live From Mars/Virgin, Diamonds On The Inside/Capitol-Virgin and You Found Another Lover/Stax (single)

On 12 February 2016, Harper released (as a YouTube video) his new single "Call It What It Is", first track taken from his upcoming new studio album Call It What It Is due to be released on 8 April 2016.

On 8 April 2019, Ben Harper performed as a guest artist on the seventeenth season of American Idol during the second night of the “Top 20 Duets” episode. Harper sang with contestant Alejandro Aranda, playing “There Will Be a Light”. Harper and Aranda share a connection growing up in neighboring cities (Pomona, CA and Claremont, CA) and Harper recalled hearing Alejandro play guitar years before in Harper’s family’s Folk Music Center Store + Museum.

Personal life

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Harper with his second wife Laura Dern in December 2009

In 1996, Harper married his first wife, Joanna.[33] They have two children together, son Charles (born circa 1997) and daughter Harris (born circa 2000).[33] Harper and Joanna separated in 2000, and were divorced in 2001.[33]

Harper began dating actress Laura Dern after they met at one of his concerts in fall 2000.[33] Harper and Dern married on December 23, 2005 at their home in Los Angeles.[34] They have two children,[1] son Ellery Walker (born August 2001)[33] and daughter Jaya (born November 2004).[35]

In October 2010, Harper filed for divorce from Dern, citing irreconcilable differences.[36] They briefly reconciled and attended the 2012 Golden Globe Awards together,[36] but Dern reactivated the divorce by filing a legal response in July 2012.[36] The divorce was finalized in September 2013.[37]

Harper married his third wife, social advocate Jaclyn Matfus, on January 1, 2015.[5] Their son Besso was born in June 2017.[38]

Harper is a skateboarder who has trained with Rodney Mullen and he also owns a warehouse for his personal skateboarding. Harper co-owns the skateboarding brand Roller Horror with professional skateboarder Mike York.[39] In September 2016, Harper appeared on The Nine Club skateboard podcast, hosted by Chris Roberts, where he discussed his relationship and history with skateboarding.[40] On The Nine Club, he also reveals that he went to school and began skateboarding with Chris Miller in Pomona, California.

Harper's cousin is Washington State Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez.

Philanthropy

Harper supports Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit organization that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. In 2013, he donated items to their San Francisco Bay Area benefit concert.

On Dec 11, 2016 he played an acoustic benefit concert at Bimbos in San Francisco supporting New Light India's "Boys Home Project". Founded in 2000 by Urmi Basu, New Light India provides shelter, educational opportunities, recreational facilities, healthcare and legal aid for the girls and women in Kalighat, notorious for its red light district.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Show Award/Nomination
2003 Rolling Stone (France) Artist of the Year
2005 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
2005 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
2014 Grammy Award Grammy Award for Best Blues Album

Discography

Studio albums

Filmography

Year Title Notes
1998–2001 Daria Episode: "See Jane Run" (Song: "Faded")
Episode: "Camp Fear" (Song: "Burn to Shine")
2001 I Am Sam Song: "Strawberry Fields Forever"
2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown Songs: "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"/"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Searching for Debra Winger Song: "The Three of Us"
2003 rage Episode: "Grinspoon Guest Program Rage"
Song: "Ground on Down"
One Tree Hill Episode: "Crash Into You"
Song: "Empty Apartment"
Joan of Arcadia Episode: "Death Be Not Whatever"
Song: "Blessed to Be a Witness"
2004 Saturday Night Live Episode: "Donald Trump/Toots and the Maytals"
Song: "Love Gonna Walk Out on Me"
Sleepover Song: "Walk Away"
2005 Trust the Man Song: "Everything"
2006 Akeelah and the Bee Song: "Everything"
The O.C. Episode: "The Dawn Patrol"
Song: "Waiting For You"
CSI: NY Episode: "And Here's to You, Mrs. Azrael"
Song: "Walk Away"
Ultimate Sessions Song: "Whipping Boy"
2007 Arctic Tale Song: "Happy Ever After in Your Eyes"
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Song: "Morning Yearning"
Wetlands Preserved: The Story of an Activist Nightclub Song: "People Lead"
Daylight Robbery Song: "Diamonds On The Inside"
2009 State of Play Song: "Please Don't Talk About Murder While I'm Eating"
House Episode: "Brave Heart"
Song: "Faithfully Remain"
2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Episode: 2.152 (Song: "Father's Song")
Episode: 2.7 (Songs: "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Walk With You")
Les Petits Mouchoirs Song: "Amen Omen"
Vampire Diaries Episode: Katerina
Song: "Amen Omen"
The Fighter Song: "Glory & Consequence"
Close to the Dream Song: "Better Way"
2010–2011 Conan Episode: October 11, 2010 (Song: "Father's Son")
Episode: May 25, 2011 (Song: "Rock n' Roll is Free")
2011 Wretches & Jabberers Song: "More Like You"
2012 The Girl Song: "Waiting on an Angel"
Redfern Now Episode: Raymond
Song: "Not Fire Not Ice"
Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
2010–2013 Late Show with David Letterman Episode February 2, 2012 (Song: "Lay There & Hate Me")
Episode May 18, 2011 (Song: "Rock n' Roll is Free")
Episode April 29, 2013 (Song: "We Can't End This Way")
2011–2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Episode May 24, 2011 (Song: "Rock n' Roll is Free")
Episode November 18, 2011 (Song: "Save the Hammer for the Man")
January 22, 2013 (Song: "I Don't Believe a Word You Say")
2014 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Episode: June 13, 2014
Song: "Learn It All Again Tomorrow"

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External links

Ben Harper (Yellowcard and This Legend)

Not to be confused with Ben Harper

Benjamin Eric Harper (born November 14, 1980) is an American rock musician. He is best known for being the founder & former lead guitarist for the American pop punk band Yellowcard, as well as for the bands Amber Pacific and HeyMike! & This Legend. Benjamin Harper is Founder & CEO of Takeover Records.

Burn One Down (Ben Harper song)

"Burn One Down" is a song written and performed by Ben Harper as the sixth track on his 1995 album Fight for Your Mind. The song has been called a "James-Taylor-meets-Bob-Marley moment" for Harper, and the song is a pro-marijuana anthem. It remains one of Harper's most performed songs live.

Call It What It Is

Call It What It Is is the thirteenth studio album by American artist Ben Harper (with The Innocent Criminals) released on April 8, 2016.

Childhood Home

Childhood Home is the twelfth studio album by American musician Ben Harper, released on May 6, 2014 under Prestige Folklore. It is a collaboration with his mother, Ellen.

Diamonds On the Inside

Diamonds On the Inside is a 2003 album by American singer-songwriter Ben Harper. Although he did not explicitly credit the Innocent Criminals for the first time in 10 years, all the touring members continue to support him on the album. On this album, Harper brought on several new additions to his band, the first being guitarist Nicky Panicci (a.k.a. Nicky P) in 2002 who is the first guitar player to be credited on a Ben Harper record. Panicci toured with Harper on the Diamonds on the Inside Tour for almost a year. After leaving Harper's band on his own accord, Marc Ford, formerly of The Black Crowes replaced Panicci and joined Harper's band.

Diamonds On the Inside (song)

"Diamonds On the Inside" is a song by American artist Ben Harper. It was released in April 2003 as the second single from his album, Diamonds On the Inside.

Fight for Your Mind

Fight for Your Mind is an album by Ben Harper. Released in August 1995, it was his last solo album before adding the Innocent Criminals to his line-up. Reviews were generally very positive, praising Harper's fusion of multiple genres, from folk ("Another Lonely Day"), folk rock ("Gold to Me"), Black Sabbath-style riffing heavy metal ("Ground on Down") and politically charged reggae ("Excuse Me Mr.").

After Harper's well-received debut, Welcome to the Cruel World, he expanded on his fanbase by touring relentlessly with jam bands like Dave Matthews Band. On this, his second album, Harper added a more refined sense of his own intense spirituality, such as on the gospel-influenced album closers, "Power of the Gospel", "God Fearing Man" and "One Road to Freedom".

Fistful of Mercy

Fistful of Mercy is a rock group consisting of Dhani Harrison, Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur.

Get Up! (Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite album)

Get Up! is an album by the American musicians Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper, their twenty-ninth and eleventh album, respectively. It was released in January 2013 under Stax Records. In 2019, the song You Found Another Lover (I Lost Another Friend) was certified Gold by RIAA The album won a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2014.

Lifeline (Ben Harper album)

Lifeline is an album by Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals. It was recorded in Paris in the fall of 2006 after the lengthy European leg of the Both Sides of the Gun tour. Harper and the Innocent Criminals wrote the tracks while on tour and would rehearse the songs during sound checks while at each venue. Recorded in only seven days on analog, the album was released on August 28, 2007.Lifeline debuted at #9 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 41,000 copies in its first week. As of November 2008 the album has sold 173,000 copies in United States.

List of My Family characters

This is a list of characters for the British sitcom My Family that has aired on BBC One since 17 September 2000.

My Family centres on the fictional Harper family, who live in Chiswick, west London. The family is led by parents Ben and Susan, played by Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker. They have three children, Nick (Kris Marshall), Janey (Daniela Denby-Ashe) and Michael (Gabriel Thomson). Nick is a regular character until the 2003 Christmas special, and makes one appearance in 2004's fifth series before making his final My Family appearance in the 2005 Comic Relief short as Marshall wanted to do other projects and avoid being type-cast. Janey is a regular until the 2002 Christmas special and does not appear in Series Four (2003), while the character is at University. Janey returns as a main character in Series Five.

Abi Harper, played by Siobhan Hayes, first appears in Series Three as the daughter of Ben's cousin Richard (Anthony Head). Series Three also sees the first appearance of Roger Bailey, Jnr, played by Keiron Self. Roger, who becomes a main character in the fourth series, is a dentist and the son of Ben's former mentor. In the 2005 Christmas special Alfie Butts (Rhodri Meilir), a friend of Nick's, moves into the Harper household.

Live at the Apollo (Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama album)

Live at the Apollo was a concert by Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama filmed at the Apollo Theater (Harlem, New York), on October 12, 2004 and released as a DVD and a CD.

The DVD was released on March 29, 2005 and the CD on March 14, 2005.

Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Ben Harper video)

Live at the Hollywood Bowl is the first full-concert DVD by Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals. Recorded August 4, 2003 in Hollywood, California, it features a 15-song show, along with several extra music videos that Harper recorded. Released alongside this DVD was an EP of four or seven songs from the event.

Live from Mars

Live from Mars is a two disc live concert(s) release from Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, which takes tracks from unnamed venues throughout his 2000 tour and places them on either an electric (disc 1) or acoustic (disc 2) disc. It was released in the year 2001.

Relentless7

Relentless7 is an American rock band, formed in 2008 by singer/guitarist Ben Harper. The current members are Harper (guitar, lead vocals), Jason Mozersky (lead guitar), Jesse Ingalls (bass), and Jordan Richardson (drums).

Steal My Kisses

"Steal My Kisses" is a song by Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, released as a single from Burn to Shine in 2000 on Virgin Records America. The beat of the song is formed with beatboxing by Rahzel. "Steal My Kisses" can be played as a song on Band Hero. This song was covered by Jake Owen in 2012 on his Endless Summer EP.

The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama (or simply Blind Boys of Alabama) is an American five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group who first sang together in 1939. The Blind Boys have toured for seven decades and created an extensive discography. In 2016 the on-stage configuration of the group consisted of eight people: four blind singers—Jimmy Carter, Ben Moore, Eric "Ricky" McKinnie, Paul Beasley - guitarist and musical director Joey Williams, and a keyboardist, a bass guitarist, and a drummer.

The Blind Boys of Alabama sing mainly spiritually uplifting songs, as well as giving encouragement to those with disabilities. Blind group member Ricky McKinnie said "Our disability doesn't have to be a handicap. It's not about what you can't do. It's about what you do. And what we do is sing good gospel music."

The Will to Live

The Will to Live is a 1997 album by Ben Harper which showed his continuing folk-centric focus, while at the same time expanding on his rock talents. This was the second album with the Innocent Criminals (uncredited), and was packaged with a special bonus CD in certain countries.

The record would yield his first UK Top 75 single, Faded. To date it remains his only UK single entry.

There Will Be a Light

There Will Be a Light is a gospel album by Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama, released in 2004. This album would go on to pick up a Grammy award for Best Gospel album while Harper would also win a Grammy for the track, "11th Commandment."

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