Ben Howard

Submitted by on Sep 6, 2015

Ben Howard: King of his kingdom

Benjamin John Howard was born April 24, 1987 in London. When he was eight years old his family moved to Totnes, Devon. The future winner of “BRIT Awards”, thanks to his parents, grew up on the works of musicians popular in 60-70th years. Among the artists that have shaped the musical base of Ben Howard, proved John Martin, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, as well as the duo Simon and Garfunkel. Now Benjamin’s parents live in Ibiza, where the way a picture was taken and used in the design of the cover of his album “Every Kingdom”.

Once general education in two schools, and a short course of journalism at University College Falmouth, located in Cornwall, Howard decided to devote himself to music and began to write melodic folk with a little bleak lyrics. Gradually the novice actor began to gain popularity in Cornwall, then in neighboring regions and across the UK. This was followed by a month of small concerts in Europe, which were sold out and brought Ben to one of the most important events in his life – a contract with the record company “Island Records”.

Prior to signing a deal with a major label, Howard has already managed to release some material. So in 2008 he released their debut mini-album called “Games in the Dark”. However, the first major release was the work of “These Waters”, which consists of only six songs, among which was the “The Wolves”. In 2010, Ben Howard has issued another “korotkomerazhku”that followed the singles”The Fear”and”Keep Your Head Up”. Thus the musician had enough songs for a full-fledged debut album.

Benjamin was signed at the “Island Records”in 2011. One of the reasons that influenced the choice of the label, is the story of a company that for many years has been closely associated with performers of folk music. After the singles”Old Pine”and”The Wolves”, published in the same year, Howard recorded his first LP, titled “Every Kingdom”. The release of the long-awaited album in October 2011. Later, the album was even nominated for the “Mercury Prize”, giving way to win the group Alt-J, and the musician became a candidate to receive the most prestigious music awards UK “BRIT Awards”in the categories”Best New Artist”and”Best British singer.”Ben won in two categories, beating such stars as Rita Ora and Calvin Harris. By the way, after receiving the award”BRIT Awards”Album Ben Howard took first and second place in the charts of shops”Amazon”and”iTunes”, respectively.

When working on the debut album to the remarkable multi-instrumentalists Howard joined the India Bourne and Chris Bond. The India played the cello, ukulele, keyboards, and Chris took up the guitar, bass, drums and accordion. In addition, the two musicians to play bass, percussion and sang backing vocals. As a result, and Bourne and Bond went on tour with Ben. The third concert of musicians became Willie Mason.

In 2012, having achieved popularity in Europe, Howard has concentrated its forces in the conquest of the US market on April 3 overseas students presented their first album “Every Kingdom”. As part of the promotion of the New World, Ben spoke at Texas festival SXSW, and went on tour. In addition, his song “Promise”was used as the soundtrack for the 12th Series 8 season”HouseĀ».

A whole series of remarkable performances for Howard followed immediately after the plate in the US market. In May of 2012, Ben made the rating on the evening TV show “Later & # 8230; with Jools Holland “. May 26, our hero played his set on the popular Dutch festival “Pinkpop”, and later on “Radio 1 & # 8217; s Big Weekend”, “Bonnaroo Music Festival”, “T in the Park”, “Beach Break Live”, “Bestival “,”Splendour”, and”Austin City Limits”and”V Festival”.

At the end of already successful for the beginner, 2012, Howard publishes another mini-album “The Burgh Island EP”, which turned out to be four brand new songs. As expected, the release got a lot of feedback. New creative musician listeners seemed even more bleak and frightening than the last. It should also be noted that this time, Ben set aside his “acoustics” and took up the electric guitar.

Recently, Ben Howard released a new single in support of their second album “I Forget Where We Were”, the release of which is scheduled for October 20, 2014.

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