Benjamin Charles Harper (born October 28, 1969) is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from the United States.
Harper is known for his guitar skills, vocals, live performances, and activism, and he plays an eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock music.
He has twelve regular studio albums, the majority of which were released by Virgin Records, and has toured internationally.
Harper has three Grammy Awards and seven nominations, including Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2004 and Best Blues Album in 2013.Harper’s collaboration with Charlie Musselwhite, “No Mercy in This Land,” was named Song of the Year at the 40th Blues Music Awards ceremony.
Ben Harper Family
Harper married his first wife, Joanna, in 1996. They have two children together: Charles (born around 1997) and Harris (born 2000). Harper and Joanna divorced in 2001 after they separated in 2000.
Harper started dating actress Laura Dern after meeting at one of his concerts in the fall of 2000.
Harper filed for divorce from Dern in October 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. They reconciled briefly and attended the 2012 Golden Globe Awards together, but Dern reactivated the divorce in July 2012 by filing a legal response.
In September 2013, the divorce was finalized.On January 1, 2015, Harper married his third wife, social activist Jaclyn Matfus. Besso, their son, was born in June 2017.