Ben Folds has a great sense of humor. He was the front man for Ben Folds Five, which was a trio. In the late 1980s, Folds was in a duo called Majosha. After winning a battle of the bands competition, and playing local frat parties, Majosha released an EP called Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus. The EP contained just four songs and none were about Jesus.
Benjamin Scott Folds was born on Sept. 12, 1966. He’s a pianist, singer, songwriter, record producer, and reality show judge. He has worked with a number of popular artists including Regina Spektor, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Amanda Palmer. Folds also contributed to the soundtracks of Over the Hedge and Hoodwinked. While his best known single is “Brick,” a song he recorded while fronting Ben Folds Five, most people probably know him as a judge for the NBC singing competition “The Sing-Off.”
Rockin' the Suburbs (2001)
Songs for Silverman (2005)
Way to Normal (2008)
With Ben Folds Five
Ben Folds Five (1995)
Whatever and Ever Amen (1997)
The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (1999)
The Sound of the Life of the Mind (2012)
Ben Folds began playing piano at the age of nine after his carpenter father brought one home—a customer gave it to him as form of payment. Before hitting it big with Ben Folds Five, our hero made a living as a session musician in Nashville. He didn’t tickle the ivories; he played the drums and the bass guitar.
“Punk Rock For Sissies”
Ben Folds describes Ben Folds Five’s sound as “punk rock for sissies.” Besides “Brick,” other popular Ben Folds Five songs are "Song for the Dumped,” "Battle of Who Could Care Less" and “Army.” All but “Brick” failed to chart.
Ben Folds concert tickets are a must have for any music fan. Over the years, Folds has performed with Rufus Wainwright, Weezer, Aimee Mann, Tori Amos, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.