- 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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While the band didn't create any new material together for nearly a year after Whatever and Ever Amen's release, their 1998 collection of rarities and B-Sides, Naked Baby Photos, was quite well received. That same year,
Folds released an album entitled Volume 1 through an experimental side project that included collaborations with musician John Mark Painter and producer Caleb Southern; famed actor and musician William Shatner was featured on the work.
In 1999, Ben Folds Five released their third full-length album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, which had a much darker tone than their previous work, but was still well received by fans.
In 2000, the band parted ways. Folds went on to work on a solo career, releasing Rockin' the Suburbs in 2001. The album was successful among loyal fans and catapulted the release of a string of solo albums, including 2005's Songs for Silverman.
The band reunited briefly in 2008 for a one-time performance of Reinhold Messner, playing the album in its entirety. This hometown performance inspired the band to revisit creating music as a trio. Sledge and Jessee contributed to Folds's 2011 release, The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. That same year, Folds was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
In 2012, fans were elated to hear that Ben Folds Five had reconciled. That same year, the band released their fourth studio album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind.
Ben Folds's personal life has inspired many of his songs, including "Brick," which recalls the experience of his high school girlfriend having an abortion.
Folds has been married four times. In 1987, he married childhood friend and co-songwriter Anna Goodman, who helped write lyrics to songs such as "Alice Childress" and "Kate"; the couple split five years later. Folds married for the second time in 1996, to Kate Rosen, who worked as a light operator for the band while they were on tour; the marriage lasted only a year. In May 1999, the singer-songwriter wed Australian photographer Frally Hynes. Two months after the couple exchanged vows, Folds became a father to twins: a son, Louis Frances, and daughter, Gracie Scott. Not long after the twins' birth, Folds moved to Australia to make a solid foundation and home base for his family, traveling to the United States periodically to play gigs. But after his demanding schedule put a strain on the family, they relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Folds and Hynes divorced in 2006, a short time after the musician met mononymous yoga teacher Fleur, who would become his fourth wife in 2007; the couple lasted four years, parting ways sometime in early 2011.
"As much as I love the idea of being married, it's not for me," Folds stated in a 2012 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. "I'm reckless, which has helped my music, but taking risks in my private life hasn't measured up."
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