- 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.