Ben Harper

Singer-songwriter and Musician
Born Oct 28, 1969

Benjamin Chase "Ben" Harper is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Harper plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock music and is known for his guitar-playing skills, vocals, live performances and activism. Harper's fan base spans several continents. His albums have been commercially successful in North America, Europe and Oceania.… Read More

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1969 Birth Born on October 28, 1969.
1978 8 Years Old In 1978, at the age of 9, Harper attended reggae superstar Bob Marley's performance in Burbank, California (joined by former bandmate Peter Tosh in the encore, thus making it a sort of historical performance), which was according to Harper an important influence. … Read More


1992 - 1993 2 More Events
1994 24 Years Old After this limited edition record, Harper secured a lifetime record deal with Virgin Records, which released his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World in 1994.
1996 26 Years Old In 1996, Harper married his first wife, Joanna. … Read More
1999 29 Years Old 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. … Read More


2000 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Harper and Joanna separated in 2000, and were divorced in 2001.
2002 32 Years Old 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).
2004 34 Years Old In October 2004, Harper participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to benefit and encourage people in the swing states to vote during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. … Read More
2005 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Harper is a three-time Grammy Award winner as well, winning awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, in 2005.
2006 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Harper released the double album Both Sides of the Gun which debuted at #7 on the Billboard charts.
2008 38 Years Old Also in 2008, Harper participated in the benefit album Songs for Tibet.


2010 40 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 27, 2010, it was reported that Ben Harper had formed a band called Fistful of Mercy with Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur. Fistful of Mercy released their debut record, As I Call You Down, on October 5, 2010.
2011 41 Years Old On May 17, 2011, Ben Harper's official site posted that his next album was released, entitled Give Till It's Gone. … Read More
2012 42 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 1, 2012, a new album from Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite was announced entitled Get Up! on Stax Records / Concord Music Group. … Read More
2014 44 Years Old He also won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2014. … Read More
Harper married his third wife, social advocate Jaclyn Matfus, on January 1, 2015. … Read More
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