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Ben Folds
Ben Folds is playing the grand piano and smiling in this photograph which was taken June 25, 2004
Ben Folds is playing the grand piano and smiling in this photograph which was taken June 25, 2004
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Scott Folds
Born September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12) (age 41)
Origin Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Genre(s) Rock, alternative rock, piano rock, powerpop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums
Years active 1988 — present
Label(s) Attacked By Plastic, Epic
Associated acts Ben Folds Five
The Bens
Fear of Pop
Majosha
Website benfolds.com

Benjamin Scott Folds (born September 12, 1966, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina[1] is an American singer-songwriter and the former frontman of the musical group Ben Folds Five. He is widely acclaimed for his prowess as a pianist, composer, songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist.[2] Ben Folds This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Forsyth County Founded Consolidated 1766 Salem 1849 Winston 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Piano rock, sometimes referred to as piano pop, is a term for a style of rock music that is based around the piano, and sometimes around piano-related instruments, such as the Fender Rhodes, the Wurlitzer electric piano, and keyboard-based synthesizers, rather than the guitar as is the case... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set - the latter an old-fashioned term) is a collection of drums, cymbals and other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a sole percussionist (drummer), usually for jazz, rock, or other types of contemporary music. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Attacked By Plastic is a record label owned by Ben Folds. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a trio formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000. ... The Bens 2003 self-titled EP The Bens is the name adopted by musicians Ben Lee, Ben Folds and Ben Kweller when they toured and recorded as a group for their The Bens Rock Over Australia tour in 2003. ... Fear of Pop is the name of an experimental recording project by Ben Folds (of Ben Folds Five) and Caleb Southern (Ben Folds Fives long time producer), along with John Mark Painter (Fleming and John), William Shatner and others. ... Majosha was a band formed around early 1988. ... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Forsyth County Founded Consolidated 1766 Salem 1849 Winston 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical ensemble is, by definition, a group of three or more musicians who gather to perform music. ... Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a trio formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... The performing arts include theater, motion pictures, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, magic and the marching arts, such as brass bands, etc. ... A multi-instrumentalist is a musician who plays a number of different instruments. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

Because of his father's work as a builder and carpenter, Folds moved frequently throughout his childhood. As a result, making friends was difficult. Consequently, Folds became attached to a piano his father brought home when he was 9, the result of a barter trade his father made with a customer who was unable to pay for his work.[3] During this time, Folds listened to songs by Elton John and Billy Joel on AM radio, and learned them by ear. During his years at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and at Chapel Hill High School, Folds played in several bands as the pianist, bassist or drummer. A 19th-centure example of barter: A sample labor for labor note for the Cincinnati Time Store. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Mediumwave radio transmissions (sometimes called Medium frequency or MF) are those between the frequencies of 300 kHz and 3000 kHz. ... Name Richard J. Reynolds High School Address 301 N. Hawthorne Road City Winston-Salem, NC 27104 Phone Number (336)727-2012 Principal Art Paschal, Ed. ... Nickname: Motto: Youre Something Special in Winston-Salem Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Forsyth County Founded Consolidated 1766 Salem 1849 Winston 1913 Government  - Mayor Allen Joines (D) Area  - City  132. ... Chapel Hill High School is a suburban non-charter high school located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. ... Deon Rexroat of Anberlin. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ...


Majosha (1988-90)

In the late 1980s, Folds (as a bassist) and longtime friend Jay Pichardo joined the band Majosha. The group released several locally-produced records. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Majosha was a band formed around early 1988. ...


They played their first gig at Duke University's Battle of the Bands in 1988 and won. They played bars and fraternity parties for a while, and eventually put out a self-produced EP sold at a few local stores called Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus (1988). The record featured only four songs, none of which were actually about Jesus. Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... EP can stand for: EP is the IATA code for Iran Aseman Airlines Extended play, a music recording (usually consisting of several tracks, but shorter than a typical album) European Parliament, the parliamentary body of the European Union Evolutionary psychology, a belief that psychology can be better understood in light... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ...


Gradually, their popularity grew and they played larger and farther-flung gigs. They recorded Shut Up and Listen to Majosha in 1989. It contains, among others, the four songs from Party Night (remixed and/or re-recorded), "Emaline", and "Video". Shut Up and Listen to Majosha is Majoshas first and only album. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


At about the same time, they did a dance mix of "Get That Bug" that was released in Japan.


Pots and Pans (1990)

Majosha broke up in early 1990, and Folds formed Pots and Pans with Evan Olson (bass) and Britt "Snuzz" Uzzell (guitar & vocals). Folds played drums. They only lasted about a month, after which Olson and Uzzell went on to form Bus Stop[4] with Folds' brother Chuck Folds on bass and Eddie Walker on drums.[5] This article is about the year. ... Evan Scott Olson is a rock singer and songwriter based in North Carolina. ...


Nashville

Folds eventually got a music-publishing deal and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue it in 1990. He formed a new band, Jody's Power Bill, and he again attracted interest from major labels. He ended up playing drums there as a session musician.[6] Nashville redirects here. ... This article is about the year. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Sideman. ...


"In Nashville, I was running eight miles a day, hanging out with my friends, walking around eating chocolate-chip cookies and playing a lot of drums, which I enjoyed. Life was easy. I was never frustrated -- even though I wasn't fulfilling my contract obligations. If you are failing in Nashville, at least your standard of living is nice. Nashville is a nice way to fail."[6]


University of Miami

Folds attended the University of Miami's esteemed School of Music on a percussion scholarship, but dropped out with one credit to go before graduating. He devoted a lot of time to working on piano technique. "I spent maybe six months just running scales with a metronome like a freak," Folds said. "I suppose that did something."[7] This article is about the university in Coral Gables, Florida. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... A mechanical wind-up metronome in motion A digital metronome set to pulse at four beats per measure at a tempo of 130 BPM A metronome is any device that produces a regulated audible and/or visual pulse, usually used to establish a steady beat, or tempo, measured in beats...


Folds tells audiences about a jury recital while a student at the University of Miami’s music school. A jury recital consists of playing a prepared repertoire (and sometimes unprepared pieces from prior years of training) before faculty members who then apply a grade for the entire semester. Folds, a drummer, showed up with a hand broken from a previous night’s partying, but was required to play anyway. He ended up losing his scholarship, and threw his drumkit into a lake on campus.[8]


New York

After leaving Miami, Folds moved to New York, where he began to act in theater troupes. He had previously done some theater in high school. He enjoyed it in 1993 to the point where he didn't want to keep pursuing a musical career.[6] This article is about the state. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


He also played weekly gigs at Sin-é, famous for being the cafe which had helped start Jeff Buckley's career. Gig is the term commonly used by bands with reference to their live shows. ... Sin-é (pronounced shin-ay, the Irish for thats it) is the name of a current music venue in New York City, as well as the name of a previously existing venue which was important in exposing many New Yorkers to vital talent in the early 1990s. ... Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scotty Moorhead,[1] was an acclaimed American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


North Carolina

Soon after, Folds moved back to North Carolina. The trio of Ben Folds, bassist Robert Sledge, and drummer Darren Jessee formed Ben Folds Five in 1994[9] in Chapel Hill. As Folds put it, “Jeff Buckley was being signed at that time by Columbia and I was talking to Steve, his A&R guy, and somehow we knew the same people or something." Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... Trio is generally used in any of the following ways: Three musicians playing the same or different musical instrument. ... Robert Sledge was bassist for the rock group Ben Folds Five. ... Darren Jessee was Drummer for Ben Folds Five, a rock group. ... Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a trio formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Nickname: Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Orange, Durham, and Chatham Founded 1793 Government  - Mayor Kevin C. Foy Area  - City  19. ... Jeffrey Scott Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997), raised as Scotty Moorhead,[1] was an acclaimed American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... In the music industry, Artists and Repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label company that is responsible for scouting and artist development. ...


"So I ended up moving back to North Carolina, got a band together, played our first gig after a month, and then after another couple months we signed to Caroline Records. Our first record was out 8 months after that.” There existed at least two record labels named Caroline Records, one in the UK and one in the US. // Caroline Records (UK) Caroline Records was a subsidiary of Richard Bransons Virgin Records label during the early to mid 1970s. ...


Ben Folds Five

In 1995, Ben Folds Five released their self-titled debut album (songs included "Philosophy" and "Underground"). The debut was followed by Whatever and Ever Amen in 1997, and the odds-and-ends compilation Naked Baby Photos was released in early 1998. Whatever spawned many hits, such as "Brick", "Song for the Dumped", and "Battle of Who Could Care Less". In 1999, the band released their final album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, which included the hit, "Army." Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a trio formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000. ... Ben Folds Five is the self-titled debut album by Ben Folds Five, released in 1995. ... Alternate cover Cover for remastered version (2005) Whatever and Ever Amen is the second album by Ben Folds Five, released in 1997. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Naked Baby Photos is a compilation album comprising of outtake material from recordings of Ben Folds Fives first two studio albums, and live performances. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the year. ... The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner is the third album by Ben Folds Five, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ...


Folds has described his former band as "punk rock for sissies,"(quoted from a Finnish Magazine) and his oddball lyrics often contain nuances of depression, melancholy, self-conflict, and humorous sarcasm. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...


Despite its presence on multiple Billboard genre charts, none of the songs reached the vaunted Hot 100, though they did show well on both adult contemporary and modern rock charts. Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ...


Solo career

As of 2006, Folds has released five solo LPs, including an experimental side project called Fear of Pop, which was released while Ben Folds Five was still together. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In popular music, a solo album is an album made by a current or former member of a band. ... An LP Long playing (LP), either 10 or 12-inch diameter, 33 rpm (actually 33. ... Fear of Pop is the name of an experimental recording project by Ben Folds (of Ben Folds Five) and Caleb Southern (Ben Folds Fives long time producer), along with John Mark Painter (Fleming and John), William Shatner and others. ...


Folds' first solo release after the breakup of the band was Rockin' the Suburbs in 2001, on which he played nearly all the instruments, notably guitar, an instrument seldom used during the Ben Folds Five days. A year later, he released Ben Folds Live, a collection of live solo recordings. In late 2003, two solo EPs, Speed Graphic and Sunny 16, were released, and a third, entitled Super D, was released in mid-2004. Rockin the Suburbs is an alternative rock album by singer/songwriter Ben Folds, released on September 11, 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Ben Folds Live is a live album by Ben Folds, released in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... EP can stand for: EP is the IATA code for Iran Aseman Airlines Extended play, a music recording (usually consisting of several tracks, but shorter than a typical album) European Parliament, the parliamentary body of the European Union Evolutionary psychology, a belief that psychology can be better understood in light... Speed Graphic is the first of a three-EP series released by Ben Folds between his 2002 live album Ben Folds Live and his 2005 album Songs for Silverman. ... Sunny 16 is the second of a three-EP series by Ben Folds. ... Super D is the last of the 3 EPs released by Ben Folds prior to the release of his album Songs for Silverman. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Songs for Silverman was released in the United States on April 26, 2005. The album featured Jared Reynolds on bass and Lindsay Jamieson on the drums, thus returning to the trio format. This album includes the track "Late," a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, and also features backup vocals from "Weird Al" Yankovic on "Time." (Folds had played piano for Yankovic's song "Why Does This Always Happen to Me?" on his Poodle Hat album. Yankovic also directed and appeared in Folds' video for the "Rockin' the Suburbs" single). Songs for Silverman is an album by Ben Folds, first released on April 26, 2005, by Epic Records in the United States. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... For the self-titled album, see Elliott Smith (album). ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... This article is about the musician. ... Singles from Poodle Hat Released: May, 2003 Released: January 13, 2006 Poodle Hat is the eleventh album by Weird Al Yankovic. ... Rockin the Suburbs is an alternative rock album by singer/songwriter Ben Folds, released on September 11, 2001 (see 2001 in music). ...


Folds also contributed to William Shatner's most recent album, Has Been, as a producer, arranger, musician, and backup vocalist. Shatner also sang vocals on Folds' Fear of Pop song, "In Love," which was performed live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on January 22, 1999. William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... Has-been A has-been is somebody who used to be famous or popular, but their career/reputation has gone down since that time. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... In music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch, such as a lead sheet. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


In May 2006, Folds contributed three original songs to the soundtrack of Over the Hedge, a DreamWorks production, as well as a cover of The Clash song "Lost in the Supermarket," and a remix of "Rockin' The Suburbs" with some new lyrics written to complement the script of the film -- to which Shatner contributed a spoken rant. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Over the Hedge is a computer-animated film based on the United Media comic strip of the same name. ... This article is about the film studio. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ...


On October 24, 2006, Folds released Supersunnyspeedgraphic, the LP, a compilation of songs that were originally released on the EPs Sunny 16, Speed Graphic, and Super D. He is also slated to release a live CD featuring string-backed classics next year. He announced on his MySpace blog that he planned to work on his next studio album in October 2006. is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Supersunnyspeedgraphic is a remixed, compilation album by Ben Folds which was released on 24 October 2006, by Epic Records in the United States. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ...


On October 24, 2006, Folds became the first person to broadcast a live concert over MySpace. The concert was complete with pranks staged ahead of time by Folds, including a drunk man falling over the balcony during "Jesusland" and a suicide attempt at the end. The concert is also notable for featuring a "guitorchestra," a group of acoustic guitarists from Nashville who accompanied Folds on some songs, as well as a ringtone orchestra featuring members of the audience playing their cellphone ringtones in unison. is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ...


Ben Folds is producing The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer's first solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer to be released in September 2008. He will also play on the album.[10][11] The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the musician-artist-author. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


Folds is currently working on a new album at his home studio in Nashville. He debuted new music at an impromptu gig at the Exit/In on December 19, 2007 and at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival on January 25, 2008. Folds played The 6th annual Langerado on March 8, 2008 and has been confirmed as a part of the lineup for the 2008 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Bonnaroo, BonRoo or the Roo for short) is a four day annual music festival by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment, first held in 2002. ...


Touring

After Ben Folds Five split, Folds' first tour with a full band was to support the album Rockin' The Suburbs. He was accompanied by Britt "Snüzz" Uzzell on guitar and keys, Millard Powers on bass and keys, and Jim Bogios on drums. An electronic keyboard. ...


On a tour of Australia, Folds joined with solo artists Ben Kweller and Ben Lee to travel the country as The Bens, at the suggestion of a fan on Kweller's official Web site. The trio also went on to record a four-track EP together. Ben Kweller (born 16 June 1981, San Francisco, California) is an American rock musician. ... Benjamin Michael Lee (born September 11, 1978 in Sydney, Australia) is a ARIA Award winning Jewish Australian musician and actor. ... The Bens 2003 self-titled EP The Bens is the name adopted by musicians Ben Lee, Ben Folds and Ben Kweller when they toured and recorded as a group for their The Bens Rock Over Australia tour in 2003. ... The Bens (EP) is, as of 2005, the only release by the trio The Bens, consisting of Ben Folds, Ben Lee and Ben Kweller. ...


In the summer of 2004, Folds co-headlined an American tour with fellow singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Guster. Folds again performed with Wainwright and Lee in the summer of 2005 as part of the "Odd Men Out" tour. In addition, Folds has performed with many other famous musical names, including Weezer and Tori Amos. After seeing The Fray perform with Weezer, Folds asked the band to join him for 12 performances in 2005. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. ... Guster is an alternative rock band that is known for its live performances, unique sound, humor, and cult following formed by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcelin 1991 while attending Tufts University in Boston. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the albums, see Weezer (1994 album) and Weezer (2001 album). ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... The Fray is a four-piece piano rock band from Denver, Colorado. ...


Folds also has shown the intricacy behind his original sound by performing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) in March 2005, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in November 2005. A DVD of Folds playing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra was released in December 2005. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), often known as the Orchestra of the West is the premier professional orchestra of the state of Western Australia. ... The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an American orchestra based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Folds performed with symphony orchestras again in August 2006 during a tour of Australia, which included performances with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and The Queensland Orchestra. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sydney Symphony is a symphony orchestra based in Sydney, Australia. ... The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra was founded as a 17 player radio ensemble in 1936, in Adelaide, South Australia. ... The West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), often known as the Orchestra of the West is the premier professional orchestra of the state of Western Australia. ... The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra was founded by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1934 as one of its radio orchestras. ... The Queensland Orchestra, was created in 2001 through the merger of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Queensland Philharmonic, an independent chamber, ballet and opera orchestra. ...


After his MySpace performance on October 24, 2006, Folds' tour performances began to feature a synthesizer, which he uses in many of the songs when played live. The synthesizer is a red Nord Lead II synthesizer. MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Synth redirects here. ... Clavias Nord Lead 2 (1997) Clavia Nord Lead 2 was launched by the Swedish analog synthesizer manufacturer Clavia in 1997, two years after the production of the original Clavia Nord Lead. ...


Folds is currently touring the United States with drummer Sam Smith and bassist Jared Reynolds. Former drummer Jamieson was unable to continue touring due to a ruptured disc in his neck.


Folds toured with John Mayer as an opening act (though his set typically lasted an hour) in the summer of 2007. During this tour, Mayer sometimes joined Folds on the song "Narcolepsy", playing synth. For other persons named John Mayer, see John Mayer (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On May 9, 2007, Folds performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra. The orchestra's performance was marred when a fight broke out between two audience members in the balcony, although Folds had not yet taken the stage.[12] is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ...


During his concerts, Folds performs two of his concert traditions: palm-smashing and throwing his stool at the piano.


Ben Folds will be touring the UK in late June, early July 2008. He will tour Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle and Cardiff as well as other cities.


On January 16, 2008, it was announced that Folds will perform with the Nashville Symphony, opening their 2008-09 Pops season on September 7, 2008. [13] is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Nashville Symphony Orchestra is one of the up and coming symphony orchestras in the United States. ... People Oriented Parsing Service. ... is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On March 29, 2008, Folds played the Cage Center Arena at Berry College in Mt. Berry, GA. After an uproar on the college's campus surrounding the administration's asking of Folds not to play one of his songs due to its explicit lyrics, Folds played the song anyway. The vast of majority of the audience reacted with applause, however a small minority of attendees walked out. As of March 31, 2008, there has been no response from the Berry College administration.


Personal life

Folds has been married, and divorced, three times. From 1987 to 1992, he was married to Anna Goodman, who co-wrote the lyrics to several of his songs, including "Alice Childress" (the character in the song is someone in a mental institution who threw mop water on Anna), "The Last Polka" from the album Ben Folds Five, "Smoke" and "Kate" from Whatever and Ever Amen, and "Lullabye" from The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Anna Goodman is an american songwriter who was married to Ben Folds from 1987 to 1992. ... A psychiatric hospital (also called a mental hospital or asylum) is a hospital specializing in the treatment of persons with mental illness. ... Kate is a song performed by Ben Folds Five released on their 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen Written by Ben Folds, Darren Jessee, and Bens first wife, Anna Goodman[1]. The song follows a love stuck man who longs to merely see his love interest, Kate. ... Alternate cover Cover for remastered version (2005) Whatever and Ever Amen is the second album by Ben Folds Five, released in 1997. ... The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner is the third album by Ben Folds Five, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ...


Folds met his second wife, Kate Rosen, in December 1995, and married her in December 1996. She was a lighting operator for Ben Folds Five while they toured. They divorced in December 1997.


He married his third wife, Australian photographer Frally Hynes, in May 1999. The former couple had two children, Louis Frances and Gracie Scott. Hynes has recorded several of Folds's music videos, including "Still Fighting It" which also starred the couple's son Louis, and directed the video for "Landed." Hynes sang back-up vocals on the song "Gone" from Rockin' the Suburbs, contributed to "Root to This" on Fear of Pop: Volume 1, and can be heard on the end of the track "Dog" on 2003's Speed Graphic (EP). She is also featured on the cover to Ben Folds' EP Super D, released in 2004. They divorced in April of 2007. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Rockin the Suburbs is an alternative rock album by singer/songwriter Ben Folds, released on September 11, 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... Speed Graphic is the first of a three-EP series released by Ben Folds between his 2002 live album Ben Folds Live and his 2005 album Songs for Silverman. ... Super D is the last of the 3 EPs released by Ben Folds prior to the release of his album Songs for Silverman. ...


He recorded a song for each of his children on two of his albums — the song "Still Fighting It" on Rockin' the Suburbs for his son Louis, and "Gracie" for his daughter on his album Songs for Silverman. The song "The Luckiest" was originally written for the 2000 movie release, Loser (directed by Amy Heckerling) and was deleted from the movie along with the scene it was written for, making its way that year onto the album "Rockin the Suburbs". Rockin the Suburbs is an alternative rock album by singer/songwriter Ben Folds, released on September 11, 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... Loser is a 2000 romantic comedy film starring Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari and Greg Kinnear. ... Amy Heckerling (born May 7, 1954) is an American film director, one of the few women directors to have produced multiple box-office hits. ...


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Motion pictures

Folds has provided a number of songs for film soundtracks. He was one of the featured performers on the soundtrack for the film Over the Hedge (2006). Folds wrote and performed the songs "Family of Me," "Heist," "Still," and "Still (Reprise)." He also contributed a cover version of "Lost in the Supermarket" by The Clash, and a remake of his song "Rockin' the Suburbs" with new lyrics and a spoken rant by William Shatner. A film soundtrack is the music that is from or inspired by a feature film. ... Over the Hedge is a computer-animated film based on the United Media comic strip of the same name. ... London Calling, a double album released by The Clash in December, 1979, in the UK and the first week of January 1980 in the US, marked the bands critical and commercial breakthrough. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ... Rockin the Suburbs is a song by Ben Folds on the album of the same name. ... Rockin the Suburbs is a song by Ben Folds on the album of the same name. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ...

  • "Lonely Christmas Eve" was composed and performed by Ben for the Jim Carrey film How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000). His song "Bizarre Christmas Incident" was also allegedly written for the film, but did not suit the tone of the movie.
  • Ben Folds Five contributed the song "Air" to the soundtrack for the film Godzilla (1998). It later appeared on the remastered version of Whatever and Ever Amen.

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Work with William Shatner

  • According to the track "Meeting Shatner" on the iTunes original album released in 2005, Ben Folds and William Shatner became good friends after he did a speaking part on the track "In Love." This led to them later collaborating on each other's projects including Ben Folds involvement in Priceline and Over the Hedge, and the work on Shatner's album Has Been.
  • William Shatner had a cameo appearance in the music video for "Landed." Folds produced and arranged Shatner's album Has Been, with most of the songs co-written by Folds and Shatner. Through his friendship with William Shatner, Folds appeared in a late-1990s advertisement for Priceline, and his song "Landed" was used in a 2006 Priceline commercial. Shatner later starred in the 2006 animated film Over the Hedge, whose soundtrack features songs by Folds, including a reworking of "Rockin' the Suburbs" featuring Shatner.
  • In 2007 a ballet called "Common People", set to Has Been, was created by Margo Sappington (of Oh! Calcutta! fame) and performed by the Milwaukee Ballet. Shatner attended the premiere and had the event filmed. This footage became Gonzo Ballet, a feature film due out in 2008, which includes interviews with Ben Folds, William Shatner, and Henry Rollins.

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Charity compilations

He has also done charity compilations, from performing "Wicked Little Town" (from film and stage show Hedwig and the Angry Inch) with Ben Lee and Ben Kweller on the benefit album Wig in a Box (2003), to appearing on No Boundaries, a benefit album for Kosovo refugees, with the song "Leather Jacket." Also Ben's performance of the song "Smoke" with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra from the Ben Folds and WASO DVD appears on a Hurricane Katrina/Red Cross benefit CD entitled Sound Response which was available in limited quantities only at Target stores in 2005. Wig in a Box is a charity tribute album featuring versions of songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. ... For other uses, see Kosovo (disambiguation). ...


Discography

Main article: Ben Folds discography

References

  1. ^ Ben Folds. MTV. Retrieved on 2007-07-30.
  2. ^ Credits from "Rockin' the Suburbs" list Folds as the main instrumentalist on piano, drums, guitar, and vocals. "Additional" instrument artists are credited.
  3. ^ According to Ben Folds on his iTunes Originals interview titled "My Inner White Man Came Out In Full Bloom"
  4. ^ Ben Folds biography - 8notes.com
  5. ^ Bus Stop - Self Titled
  6. ^ a b c Ben Folds Five - Winston-Salem Journal review
  7. ^ Chute, James (2003-08-01). Interesting Ben Folds article from the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Dent. Retrieved on 2007-07-30.
  8. ^ Ben Folds Bares All Live - Ben Folds Live [PA] - Ben Folds - Epinions.com
  9. ^ VH1 Bio
  10. ^ Dresden Doll Preps Solo Debut | Spin Magazine Online
  11. ^ THESHADOWBOX.NET :: View topic - Speculation: Solo Album Title
  12. ^ Fight breaks out at Boston Pops - MUSIC - MSNBC.com
  13. ^ https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/main.taf?p=1,1,3,1,6,1&EventID=0809-S2

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Ben Folds Five - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (348 words)
Ben Folds Five (1994–2000) was a three-member band formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina who were a mainstay of piano rock until their breakup in 2000.
Ben Folds was lead singer, pianist, and main composer; Robert Sledge played bass, and Darren Jessee played drums and co-wrote some of the songs.
Folds once described their music as "punk rock for sissies", a reaction to the angst prevalent in 90s rock [1].
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Ben Folds was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to middle-class parents.
Folds is booked to perform again with WASO in August 2006, with another Symphonic concert planned in September 2006, this time with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the world-famous Sydney Opera House.
Folds' tours are renowned for his solo act as "Ben Folds and a piano", where he often involves the audience by having them "play" the accompanying instruments (for example, singing the trumpet and saxophone harmonies in "Army") and singing choral backing vocals on "Not the Same".
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