Ben Folds

Active - 2005 - 2010  |   Born - Sep 12, 1966 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States  |   Genres - Music [nf], Children's/Family, Comedy, Culture & Society [nf]

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  • Became interested in the piano at age 9, when his father brought one home as payment for a job.
  • Although primarily known as a pianist, he also plays drums, guitar and bass.
  • Played bass with the group Majosha, which won Duke University's Battle of the Bands in 1988.  
  • Attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami on a percussion scholarship.
  • Worked as a session drummer in Nashville.
  • Formed Ben Folds Five with Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee in 1994; they released their self-titled debut album the next year.
  • Released his first solo album, Rockin' the Suburbs, in 2001.
  • Produced William Shatner's 2007 album Has Been.
  • Is on the board of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.