Ben Folds

Born 12 September 1966.
Ben Folds


Benjamin Scott "Ben" Folds (born September 12, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. From 1995 to 2000, Folds was the frontman and pianist of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. After the group temporarily disbanded, Folds performed as a solo artist and has toured all over the world. The group reunited in 2011. He has also collaborated with musicians such as William Shatner, Regina Spektor and "Weird Al" Yankovic and undertaken experimental songwriting projects with authors such as Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman. In addition to contributing music to the soundtracks of the animated films Over the Hedge, and Hoodwinked!, Folds produced Amanda Palmer's first solo album and has been a judge on the NBC a cappella singing contest The Sing-Off since 2009.

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  1. Review of The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective

    The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective 2011

    Reviewed by Chris Beanland
    Folds showcases a magnificent body of work here.
  2. Review of Lonely Avenue

    Lonely Avenue 2010

    Reviewed by Andrew Mueller
    An affecting and intelligent record: the pair shouldn’t shy away from a sequel.
  3. Review of Way To Normal

    Way To Normal 2008

    Reviewed by Dennis O'Dell
    Undeniably intelligent adult pop with a surprisingly angry heart.