- NAME: Ben Folds
- OCCUPATION: Songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: September 12, 1966 (Age: 47)
- Did You Know?: Ben Folds co-wrote and produced William Shatner's album Has Been.
- Did You Know?: Ben Folds has been married four times.
- EDUCATION: R.J. Reynolds High School, University of Miami, Frost School of Music
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- Full Name: Benjamin Scott Folds
- AKA: Benjamin Folds
- AKA: Ben Folds
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Ben Folds is best known as the lead singer of the alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five, famous for songs like "Brick" and "Battle of Who Could Care Less."
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Born in North Carolina in 1966, Ben Folds began collaborating with friends and fellow musicians Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge in 1994, and the trio soon became known as "Ben Folds Five." The band released their first, self-titled album the next year, followed by 1997's Whatever and Ever Amen, which included the hits "Brick" and "Battle of Who Could Care Less." With Folds on vocals, Ben Folds Five became known for their fresh, soothing melodies and guitar-less sound,
"I'm older than I was, and I'm still washed up, and I haven't changed my music one iota. It's just much easier to do this when people are being nice to you."
"You never know when you put out an album that's unique, whether it will get beat up for it or not."
"As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me. I'm reckless, which has helped my music, but taking risks in my private life hasn't measured up."
finding a spot in the "nerd-rock" music scene. Following a third release, the band broke up in 2000. Folds went solo, releasing Rockin' the Suburbs in 2001. Ben Folds Five reunited in 2012, releasing their fourth studio album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, that same year.
Benjamin Scott Folds was born on September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The son of a carpenter, Folds began playing the piano at the age of 9, after his father brought one home for the family as payment for a job. His interest in music blossomed from that point on, and as he grew older, he added many instruments to his repertoire. Folds played percussion in the North Carolina Symphony's youth orchestra and dreamed of one day performing with a professional ensemble. By the time he entered R.J. Reynolds High School, Folds was playing a number of instruments with many different bands.
Following his high school graduation in 1974, Folds briefly attended the University of Miami's Frost School of Music on a drum scholarship. Only one year into his enrollment, however, he lost his scholarship because he'd been unable to perform his final drum exam due to a broken hand.
But Folds didn't let the event deter his musical aspirations; he took it as an opportunity to move around and find a place where his genre of music and songwriting could flourish.
In 1988, Ben Folds played bass guitar in a new pop-punk band called Majosha, with the group debuting their sound at Duke University's "Battle of the Bands." Playing mainly house parties, the band gained a strong local following and eventually put out an EP, Shut Up and Listen to Majosha (1989). Soon after the album's release, the group broke up.
In 1994, Folds collaborated with friends and fellow musicians Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The trio soon created a band with a fresh sound, calling it "Ben Folds Five"—a confusing name for the three-member group that the guys reportedly chosen because they simply "thought it was funny." In 1995, the band's debut, self-titled album, featuring fresh melodies and a guitar-less sound, made quite a stir. Record labels took great notice of the trio, and they soon signed with Sony Music Entertainment. Ben Folds Five followed that success with 1997's Whatever and Ever Amen, which took the airwaves by storm with hits such as "Battle of Who Could Care Less" and "Brick." Differing from the heavily distorted alternative music sound popularized during this time, Ben Folds Five seemed to fit nicely into the "nerd-rock" music scene.
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