Ben Harper is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known for his folk, blues, and reggae infused alternative rock. While Harper can play several instruments he excels at the guitar and is considered a virtuoso.
Harper’s recording career began in 1992 when he released Pleasure and Pain with Tom Freund. Since that time he’s released a slew of albums (studio and live) as a solo artist and as a member of, or with, Fistful of Mercy, The Innocent Criminals, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Relentless7, Charlie Musselwhite, and Ellen Harper.
Harper is renowned for his amazing live shows. You should definitely seize the chance to buy Ben Harper tickets. You won’t regret it. His 2006 opus, Both Sides of the Gun, peaked at number seven in the U.S.—the best chart performance of his career. His 2001 live album, Live from Mars, is probably his best known work, at least in college music circles. “Steal My Kisses” is his highest charting single.
Ben Harper was introduced to music at an early age as his maternal grandparents owned a prominent music store. When Harper was nine, he attended a Bob Marley concert in which Peter Tosh made a surprise appearance during the encore. The experience inspired Harper to pursue a career in music. Three years later, Harper played his first gig.
Harper is one of the few American musicians that got his start overseas. He says his career really began in Australia. In fact, he’s far more popular in Europe and Oceania then he is in the United States. Harper has never had a number one album in America but he’s had one in Australia, two in New Zealand, and four in Italy.
Pleasure and Pain (1992)
Welcome to the Cruel World (1994)
Fight for Your Mind (1995)
The Will to Live (1997)
Burn to Shine (1999)
Diamonds on the Inside (20
) There Will Be a Light (2004)
Both Sides of the Gun (2006)
White Lies for Dark Times (2009)
As I Call You Down (2010)
Give Till It's Gone (2011)
By My Side (2012)
Get Up! (2013)
Childhood Home (2014)