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 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. … 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 - 2004 2 More Events
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.


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
2016 46 Years Old On 12 February 2016, Ben 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.
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