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(Singer and Songwriter)

Ben Harper is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American singer and songwriter.

Relationship Facts of Ben Harper

Ben Harper is married to Jaclyn Matfus..
Ben Harper married on January 01, 2015.
💑 Anniversary in 279 days 💑
He is father of Besso Harper.
Ben Harper is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.

What is the relationship of Ben Harper?

Ben Harper is happily married to Jaclyn Matfus. Jaclyn is an actress and producer, she is also a social advocate. They married on January 1, 2015. They have a son named Besso Harper(born June 2017).

Previously, he was married to Laura Dern, they met at one of his concerts in 2000. Laura is an American actress, producer, director, and activist.

They married on December 23, 2005, at their home in Los Angeles, US. They have two children, Ellery Walker (born August 2001) and Jaya (born November 2004). They parted ways in 2013.

Before that, he was married to Joanna. They have two children together, son Charles and daughter Harris. They married in 1996. They separated in 2000 and divorced in 2001.

Who is Ben Harper?

Ben Harper is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American singer and songwriter. Ben is known for his instrumental skills and vocals.

Ben Harper – Birth, Age, Parents, Childhood, Education

Ben Harper was born Benjamin Chase Harper on October 28, 1969, in Pomona, California, US. His father Leonard Harper was a percussionist and his mother Ellen Chase-Verdries was a singer and guitarist. They divorced when he was just five years old.

He was raised with his brothers, Joel and Peter, by his mother’s family. He attended Claremont High School, Pomona Valley, Claremont, California, US.

Ben Harper – Professional Life, Career

Ben started playing in his first gig at the age of twelve. He played the slide guitar and mimicked the style of Robert Johnson, then switched to the Weissenborn slide guitar.

He was offered an invitation from the Grammy-winning blues musician, Taj Mahal, to tour Hawaii. In 1990, together, they recorded an album called ‘Follow the Drinking Gourd’.

In 1994, Virgin Records released his debut album, ‘Welcome to the Cruel World’.

In 2004, he participated in the ‘Vote for Change’ Concert tour to encourage people in the crucial swing states to vote during the presidential elections of 2004.

In 2010, he formed a band named ‘Fistful of Mercy’ which consisted of singers such as Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur, and released their debut record, ‘As I call You down’.

At the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony, his joint composition with Charlie Musselwhite, “No Mercy in this Land”, was titled ‘Song of the year’.

He is fond of skateboarding, he also owns a warehouse for his skateboarding. He co-owns the skateboarding brand roller Horror. On ‘The Nine Club’, hosted by Chris Roberts, he reveals that he went to school and started skateboarding with Chris Miller in Pomona, California.


  • 1994, Welcome to the Cruel World
  • 1995, Fight for Your Mind
  • 1997, The Will to Live
  • 1999, Burn to Shine
  • 2003, Dia

He is also involved in charity works and supports Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that helps in the restoration of music education in disadvantaged US public schools.

In 2016, he played an acoustic benefit concert in San Francisco supporting New Light India’s “Boys Home Project”.

Ben Harper – Awards, Nominations 

In 2003, he was named the ‘Artist of the Year’ by ‘Rolling Stone’, a French magazine.

In 2005, he was awarded the Grammy Awards in two categories, the ‘Best Pop Instrumental Performance’, and the ‘Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album’.

In 2014, he was awarded the Grammy Awards for Best Blues Album.

Ben Harper – Net Worth, Earnings, Salary

He has a total net worth of $10 million US as of 2022. As a singer, he earns $65k-$85k US.

Is Ben Harper involved in any rumors and controversies?

Ben’s marriage to Laura was said to be of the confusing type. His album ‘Call it what it is was considered to have controversial material. It dealt with issues of race and police brutality.

Ben Harper-Body Measurements – Height, Appearance

His skin tone is light brown and his eye color is black, his hair color is black. His height is 6 feet 2 inches.

Is Ben Harper active on social media?

He has 1.67 million followers on Facebook, 222K on Instagram, and 121.6K on Twitter, and 136k subscribers on the Youtube channel.


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