Devendra Banhart

Folk Singer
Born May 30, 1981

Devendra Obi Banhart is a singer-songwriter and visual artist. Banhart was born in Houston, Texas and was raised by his mother in Venezuela, until he moved to California as a teenager. He began to study at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998, but dropped out to perform music in Europe, San Francisco and Los Angeles.… Read More

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1981 Birth Banhart was born May 30, 1981 in Houston, Texas, to a Venezuelan mother and an American father, Robert Gary Banhart. … Read More


1998 17 Years Old In 1998, Banhart began studying at the San Francisco Art Institute on a scholarship while living in The Castro, San Francisco's gay neighborhood. … Read More
2000 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Banhart dropped out of art school in 2000 and left San Francisco after the dot-com bust worsened the city's economy. … Read More


2002 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Banhart released his debut album in 2002, continuing to record his material on the Young God and XL labels, as well as other work on compilations and collaborations.
2005 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Banhart changed to XL Recordings in 2005 and released Cripple Crow, which was recorded in Bearsville Studios, New York and had a more elaborate sound. … Read More
2007 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, he started a relationship with actress Natalie Portman.
2008 27 Years Old Banhart released an album in 2008 entitled, Surfing, with Megapuss – a collaborative project with Gregory Rogove and Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes and Little Joy. … Read More
In 2009, he signed to Warner/Reprise and released, What Will We Be. … Read More
2010 29 Years Old Banhart is an avid skateboarder, and in March 2010 broke a bone in his right leg while skating, only hours before a concert in Phoenix, resulting in the cancelation of future shows in Utah and Colorado.


2011 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Banhart and Jon Beasley, who were credited as art directors for the album's artwork and packaging, were nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Recording Package. … Read More
2012 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2012, Banhart took place in artist Doug Aitken's audiovisual project "Song 1" at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington D.C. Banhart joined Beck and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem in performing "I Only Have Eyes For You" for the project that uses eleven high-definition video projectors working in tandem to blanket the museum's entire surface with a video of the performance.
2013 32 Years Old The album was released on March 12, 2013, and was Banhart's debut album for Nonesuch.
2016 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2016, Banhart released the first track of his ninth studio album, Ape In Pink Marble, titled 'Middle Names'.
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