Ben Kweller Biography
Born Benjamin Lev Kweller on 16 June of 1981, in San Francisco, California USA, this singer + songwriter grew up in Greenville, Texas where he started writing songs on piano and guitar at the age of eight. The young Kweller formed the Punk-Rock trio named Radish and started playing the club circuit in Dallas and even recorded an EP and one album in 1994.
In the late '90s, after the broke-up of the band, Kweller moved to Brooklyn,
New York where he developed an eclectic personal style of Indie-Rock and
soon began booking solo gigs.
He recorded and self-released his first solo album, "Freak Out, It's Ben Kweller", in 2000 and toured, opening for Eels, Dashboard Confessional, The Strokes, Guster, among others.
The next year Ben Kweller signed a recording contract with ATO, the indie label founded by Dave Matthews and Michael McDonald and in December released the 6-track EP "Phone Home".
In March 2002 the album "Sha Sha" was released; Kweller's debut full-length CD included the single "Wasted And Ready" which climbed into the top 30 of The Modern Rock chart.
The singer returned two years later with his sophomore release "On My Way"; though the lead single, "The Rules", didn't chart, the album reached the #83 spot on The Billboard Top 200 chart.
Ben Kweller started recording his next album in February 2006 at The Magic Shop in New York City; preceded by the single "Sundress" the 11-track self-titled set hit shelves in September reaching the #117 position on The Billboard 200 and a respectable #7 on the Top Independent Albums chart. As a second single, "Penny On The Train Track", didn't even come close to cracking the U.S. Rock charts.
In April of 2008, after nearly nine years in New York, Ben Kweller his wife and their son packed up and headed south to their new home in Austin. Unlike his previous albums, the artist produced his fourth full-length CD himself; the disc, entitled "Changing Horses", arrived in February 2009 reaching #92 on The Billboard 200.
2012's "Go Fly A Kite" marks his first release with his new label, The Noise Company.