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Ben Folds

Biography

American singer, songwriter, and producer Ben Folds emerged within the mid-’90s because the leader of the energy pop trio Ben Folds Five, before impressive out on an effective solo career. Carrying out a past due-’80s stint playing bass for the music group Majosha, the NEW YORK native spent many years in Nashville operating largely like a program drummer. Folds dabbled in performing after relocating to NY, while performing single gigs around the town and additional developing his piano and songwriting abilities. Moving back again to NEW YORK, in 1994 Folds created Ben Folds Five, a trio that also included bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee. Whereas many alternative bands from the ’90s specialised in distorted teen-angst rock and roll, the guitarless trio was a relaxing break from typical, its sound comparable to such previous power popsters as Todd Rundgren, Jellyfish, and early Joe Jackson, and such piano-driven performers as Billy Joel and early Elton John. But like punk rings, Ben Folds Five placed on a high-energy, blistering live display. Their self-titled debut found its way to 1995 on Caroline Information, yielding their initial cult strike, “Underground.” With some help from MTV’s 120 A few minutes and a lot of touring, the music group generated enough buzz to property a cope with Epic Information, which released their follow-up. Released in 1997, Whatever and Ever Amen became Ben Folds Five’s industrial breakthrough, thanks partly to the one “Brick.” Unlike nearly all Ben Folds Five’s materials, that was upbeat, the tune included melancholic music and vocals, because the lyrics informed the story of the teenage few who decides to obtain an abortion, a tale later verified by Folds to become autobiographical. Eventually heading platinum within the U.S., Whatever also fared likewise abroad, especially in Australia and Japan. While 1998 didn’t visit a brand-new studio record by the music group, their previous label, Caroline, released a 16-monitor rarities collection (Naked Baby Photos), while Folds released his initial solo record, Volume 1, beneath the pseudonym Concern with Pop. Even though solo effort proceeded to go largely undetected, it included the tune “In Appreciate,” which highlighted some melodramatic vocals from non-e apart from Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, and that was performed in the Conan O’Brien Present soon after the album’s discharge. Ben Folds Five regrouped with 1999’s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, that was a far more mature function than its predecessors, and highlighted a few of Folds’ most powerful songwriting up to now. It could also end up being the band’s last record for over ten years. Folds produced his official single debut with Rockin’ the Suburbs, a far more diversely arranged established that found its way to past due 2001. A 2003 live work, Ben Folds Live, was accompanied by some EPs before Folds came back towards the piano trio format using the introspective Tunes for Silverman in 2005. He released Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP in 2006, accompanied by the full-length Method on track in 2008. That same 12 months noticed a reunion display by Ben Folds Five where they performed their third recording in its entirety. In ’09 2009, Folds added two tunes to University or college A Cappella!, a assortment of addresses of a few of Folds’ greatest tracks by numerous university groups. Carrying on to branch out in a variety of directions, Folds became a member of NBC’s a cappella skill display The Sing Off among the judges, employment he would keep for three months. Lonesome Avenue, a cooperation with English novelist/essayist Nick Hornby (Large Fidelity, In regards to a Boy), found its way to 2010, accompanied by the 18-monitor Retrospective: THE VERY BEST Imitation of Myself 1995-2011, which displayed Folds’ 1st U.S. profession overview. The compilation included a fresh track with the initial Ben Folds Five, who re-formed the next 12 months and released their 4th studio recording, The Sound of the life span of your brain, accompanied by Ben Folds Five Reside in 2013. In 2015, Folds released Therefore There, an eight-track assortment of chamber pop originals that he documented with NY City-based traditional sextet yMusic. The recording also included a overall performance of his “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra,” using the Nashville Symphony. The recording reached number 1 on Billboard’s traditional and traditional crossover charts.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ben Folds
Date Of Birth September 12, 1966
Profession Pianist, Composer, Music Producer, Singer-songwriter, Music Arranger, Bandleader
Education Richard J. Reynolds High School, Frost School of Music, University of Miami
Nationality American
Spouse Fleur Folds, Frally Hynes, Kate Rosen, Anna Goodman
Children Gracie Folds, Julia-Rose Folds, Louis Folds
Siblings Chuck Folds
Music Groups Ben Folds Five, The Bens, Fear of Pop
Music Songs The Luckiest, You Don't Know Me, Still Fighting It, Rockin' the Suburbs, Landed, Bitches Ain't Shit, You to Thank, One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces, Zak and Sara, Capable of Anything, Give Judy My Notice, Annie Waits, Sentimental Guy, Fred Jones, Pt. 2, Tiny Dancer, Jesusland, Selfless, Cold and Composed, Family of Me, Effington, Battle of Who Could Care Less, There's Always Someone Cooler Than You, Emaline, Phone in a Pool, The Ascent of Stan, From Above, Learn to Live with What You Are, Jackson Cannery, Best Imitation of Myself, Gracie, Bizarre Christmas Incident, Bitch Went Nutz, Prison Food
Albums Songs for Silverman, So There, Ben Folds Live, Lonely Avenue, Way to Normal, Rockin' the Suburbs, Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!, Over the Hedge, Ben Folds Live at MySpace, Supersunnyspeedgraphic, the LP, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective, Songs for Goldfish, Stems and Seeds, Super D, Speed Graphic, Sunny 16, Fifty-Five Vault, iTunes Originals – Ben Folds, In Concert 2015 - 2016, Vault Volume I (1992-1997), Vault Volume III (2004-2011), The Sound of Last Night... This Morning, Live at Tower Records, So There (Piano/Vocal), Original Album Classics, Vault Volume II (1998-2003)
Nominations Shorty Award for Best Singer
Movies Ben Folds and WASO Live in Perth, Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie, William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet
TV Shows The Sing-Off


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  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 On "The Bens Rock Over Australia" tour with Ben Lee and Ben Kweller. [March 2003]
2 Is touring Australia and performing with the main professional symphony orchestras of Perth, Western Australia, Sydney New South Wales, Brisbane, Queensland, Melbourne, Victoria and Adelaide, South Australia. [August 2006]
3 Touring "Songs for Silverman" across America and Europe. [May 2005]
4 On tour with fellow musicians Rufus Wainwright and Guster. [June 2004]
5 Is one of the top selling artists in America, Australia, and Japan, despite little-to-no radio airplay.
6 Went to high school in North Carolina with ESPN's Stuart Scott.
7 His debut solo album, Rockin' The Suburbs, was released on September 11, 2001.
8 Collaborated with Ben Lee and Ben Kweller as "The Bens" to produce the four songs: "Just Pretend," "XFire," "Stop!," and "Bruised".
9 His twin children are a boy and girl named Louis Frances and Gracie Scott
10 Former singer/pianist for Ben Folds Five.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Driving Lessons 2006 performer: "Jesusland" / writer: "Jesusland"
Hoodwinked! 2005 performer: "Red is Blue"
Duane Hopwood 2005 performer: "ROCKIN' THE SUBURBS" / writer: "ROCKIN' THE SUBURBS"
Jersey Girl 2004 performer: "Wandering" / writer: "Wandering"
Everwood 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Banger Sisters 2002 performer: "Doctor My Eyes"
The Sweetest Thing 2002 performer: "Losing Lisa" / writer: "Losing Lisa"
Not Another Teen Movie 2001 producer: "Prom Tonight" / writer: "Prom Tonight"
I Am Sam 2001 performer: "Golden Slumbers"
Sidewalks of New York 2001 writer: "Jane" 1999
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 performer: "Lonely Christmas Eve" / producer: "Lonely Christmas Eve" / writer: "Lonely Christmas Eve"
100 Girls 2000 performer: "Wanderling" / writer: "Wanderling"
Godzilla 1998/I writer: "Air"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 TV Series writer: "Kate"
The Truth About Cats & Dogs 1996 producer: "Bad Idea" / writer: "Bad Idea"
Long Vacation 1996 TV Series writer: "Philosophy"
Mr. Wrong 1996 producer: "SONG FOR THE DUMPED" / writer: "SONG FOR THE DUMPED"
The Comix Scrutinizer TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Community TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
About Time 2013/I performer: "The Luckiest Instrumental" / writer: "The Luckiest Instrumental" - as Benjamin Folds
Cold Turkey 2013/III performer: "You Can Go Home" / writer: "You Can Go Home"
Parenthood 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Castle 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Last Days of Cinerama 2012 Documentary short writer: "One Tiny Thing"
Weeds 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Block TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 Documentary writer: "Army"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV Series music - 1 episode, 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Grey's Anatomy 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Marley & Me 2008 performer: "Rockin' the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version" / writer: "Rockin' the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version" - as Benjamin Scott Folds
Religulous 2008 Documentary writer: "Jesusland"
A Hero in Heaven 2007 Documentary performer: "The Luckiest" / writer: "The Luckiest"
Ben Folds: Live at My Space 2007 Video performer: "There's Always Someone Cooler Than You", "Learn To Live With What You Are", "Kate", "Bastard", "Jesusland", "All U Can Eat", "I Walk The Line", "Such Great Heights", "Army", "Rockin' The Suburbs", "Bitches Ain't Shit" / writer: "There's Always Someone Cooler Than You", "Learn To Live With What You Are", "Kate", "Bastard", "Jesusland", "All U Can Eat", "Army", "Rockin' The Suburbs", "Bitches Ain't Shit"
Over the Hedge 2006 performer: "Family of Me", "Heist", "Still", "Rockin' the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version", "Lost in the Supermarket" / writer: "Family of Me", "Heist", "Still", "Rockin' the Suburbs Over the Hedge Version"
Scrubs 2006 TV Series 1 episode
Shut Up and Sing 2006 writer: "Kate"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drunk History 2016 TV Series Nathan Cherry
You're the Worst 2016 TV Series Ben Folds
CollegeHumor Originals 2014 TV Series
Community 2014 TV Series Professor Bublitz
Ben Folds: Way to Normal 2008 Video Band

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Handsome 2017 post-production
William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet 2009 Documentary
Live Life 2007/I Short
Ben Folds and Waso Live in Perth 2005 Video
Evaporated 2000 Documentary short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Misery Loves Comedy 2015 Documentary composer: theme music
Cold Turkey 2013/III composer: additional music
100 Girls 2000 additional score

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Old People at Bonnaroo 2015 Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Temple of Art 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2016 TV Series Himself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself - Musical Support
Live from Daryl's House 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Great Performances 2015 TV Series Himself
Drunk History 2014 TV Series Himself
Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Sing-Off 2009-2013 TV Series Himself - Judge
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show 2013 TV Series Himself
We're the Millers 2013 Himself - Piano Teacher (uncredited)
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville 2013 Documentary Himself
The Best Hit USA 2005-2013 TV Series Himself
We Cause Scenes 2013 Documentary Himself
Ben Folds Five Live from the Warfield 2013 TV Movie Himself
Who Is Clinn Rippy? 2012 Documentary Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008-2012 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Rove LA 2012 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2012 TV Series Himself
Big Morning Buzz Live 2011 TV Series Himself
A Love Letter to Tom Waits: The Life of Chris Roberts-Antieau 2011 Documentary Himself
Spicks and Specks 2011 TV Series Himself
A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus 2010 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet 2009 Documentary
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-2008 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest / Themselves - Musical Guest
Bonefish Grill's Notes from the Road 2008 TV Series Himself
T in the Park 2008 TV Movie Himself
Nashville at Nite 2008 TV Series Himself
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 2006 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig 2006 Documentary Himself
The Henry Rollins Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Living in TV Land 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
William Shatner in Concert 2006 TV Special documentary Himself
Love Monkey 2006 TV Series Himself
Austin City Limits 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
GMTV 2005 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2001-2005 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
The View 2005 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2005 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly 2005 TV Series Himself
Ben Folds, Songs for Silverman 2005 Video Himself
William Shatner: It Hasn't Happened Yet 2005 Video short Himself
Live! from Central Park SummerStage 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Real Magic TV 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wayne Brady Show 2002 TV Series Himself
The Glass House 2002 TV Series Himself
The Book Place 2002 TV Series Himself
American Masters 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mick Molloy Show 1999 TV Series Himself
Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night 1998 TV Special documentary Himself (as Ben Folds Five)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1996 TV Series Himself

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#Quote
1 People ask me what this song's about... I was asked about it a lot, and I didn't really wanna make a big hairy deal out of it, because I just wanted the song to speak for itself. But the song is about when I was in high school, me and my girlfriend had to get an abortion, and it was a very sad thing. And, I didn't really want to write this song from any kind of political standpoint, or make a statement. I just wanted to reflect what it feels like. So, anyone who's gone through that before, then you'll know what the song's about. - Explanation of the song "Brick", 1997.

#Trademark
1 Thick plastic black rimmed glasses
2 Piano Rock

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