This Day In Rock. BEN HARPER
Happy bday to the three-time Grammy award winner Ben Harper, turning 47 today.
Benjamin Chase Harper was born in Pomona, California, on October 28, 1969 and was brought up in a family of musicians. He took to the guitar as well as a child, teaching himself to play. After listening to hip-hop for a time, he immersed himself in the sounds of the blues, studying the music from figures like Robert Johnson and playing sets as a teen.
Harper released his debut album, ‘Welcome to the Cruel World’, in 1994, which featured the song ‘Like a King’.
Musical evidence of Harper's sociopolitical awareness continued with 1995's ‘Fight for Your Mind’. The ‘Will to Live’, came forth in 1997, with ‘Burn to Shine’ dropping two years later. Harper's first studio album of the new millennium was ‘Diamonds on the Inside’ (2003).
Harper then turned to gospel with his next album, 2004’s ‘There Will Be a Light’. As a result, Harper and the group received, in 2005, a Grammy for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, while the track ‘11th Commandment’ won Harper an award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
He also won, together with Charlie Musselwhite, a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2014.