Ben Howard is an English singer-songwriter, born in London. He moved to Totnes, Devon, in his teens. Howard’s musically-inclined parents exposed him at a young age to their favourite records from singer-songwriter artists such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and John Martyn. Howard began writing his own songs and after a short spell studying journalism, he decided in 2009 at the age of 21 to become a full-time musician.
After building up a reputation with his gigs across the UK, Howard was eventually asked to sign to Island Records. His first album, Every Kingdom, was released on October 3, 2011 and debuted at #7 on the UK album chart. He is characterised by his odd way of guitar playing and has toured with Australian artist Xavier Rudd.