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Ben Howard Biography

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Born: 1988/05/24
Birth Place: Devon, England
Genres: Folk, Folk Rock

Ben Howard (born May 24, 1988) is a British singer-songwriter, born in Devon and currently signed to Island Records and Communion Records. Howard was raised by musical parents who exposed him their favorite records from singer-songwriter artists from the 1960s and 1970s, such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, which strongly influenced on Howard.

After attending King edward IV community college and Torquay Boys' Grammar School and then a short stint studying journalism at University College Falmouth, Cornwall, Howard decided to focus on making music full time, making melodic rootsy folk music, with progressively darker lyrics. He began to build up a reputation not just around Devon, but elsewhere in the U.K. as well. After a month of sold out dates across Europe and the U.K. Howard was eventually asked to sign to Island Records.

Featuring the singles “Old Pine” and “The Wolves," his debut album, entitled “Every Kingdom” was released in October 2011. It reached #7 on the U.K. Albums chart.