Benjamin Francis Leftwich

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich
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Performing at Jersey Live in 2011.
Background information
Born (1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 (age 29)
OriginYork, England
GenresIndie folk, acoustic
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2006–present
LabelsDirty Hit

Benjamin Francis Leftwich (born 4 September 1989) is an English singer-songwriter from York. Leftwich released his first album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm in 2011 which peaked at #35 on the UK charts. In February 2016 he announced his next album After the Rain on his Facebook page, released on 19 August 2016. Most recently, Leftwich has released four single cover-tracks: Pure Morning (Placebo), Rebellion (Lies) (Arcade Fire), When You Were Young (The Killers), and Because of Toledo (The Blue Nile).

Early life[edit]

Leftwich began playing at the age of ten and grew up listening to The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone; later discovering Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, and Elliott Smith. He cites Arcade Fire, Ryan Adams, and Bruce Springsteen as inspirations.[1]


Leftwich was educated at Hempland Primary School, and then at Bootham School.

Life and career[edit]

Leftwich's debut album, the Ian Grimble-produced Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, was released in July 2011. The Fly called it "a majestic debut"[2] The Skinny,[3] while the Sunday Express called it "lovely".[4] Hazel Sheffield, writing in The Guardian, gave it a 3/5 rating,[5] as did David Pollock, writing for The Scotsman, who drew comparisons to Damien Rice and José González.[6] Leftwich's "Shine" was named Spotify's most addictive track of 2014,[7] the most repeat-played song of the year. Leftwich sold more than 100,000 copies of Last Smoke and received over 150 million global Spotify plays.[8] "Atlas Hands" was featured in Zillow's TV Commercial 'Lake House' in 2015[9] In this same year, Benjamin Francis Leftwich co-wrote "Grow" with British artist Frances which featured in the Amazon UK TV advert.[10]

His sophomore album After the Rain, was released in August 2016. Performing songs off this album and his former, he toured extensively from April 2016 to August 2017, covering the UK, Canada, USA, China, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and throughout Asia (e.g., Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia).[11] Since 2011, Leftwich has gained 2,510,535 monthly listeners and over 219,000 followers on Spotify.[12]



Title Details Chart positions
Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm 35
After the Rain
  • Released: 19 August 2016
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
  • Released: 15 March 2019
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download


Title Details
A Million Miles Out
  • Released: 24 October 2010
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: 6 March 2011
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: Digital download
In the Open
  • Released: 19 October 2012
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: Digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Box of Stones" 195 Last Smoke Before
the Snowstorm
"Atlas Hands"
2012 "Pictures"
2014 "Shine"
2016 "Tilikum" After the Rain
2017 "Pure Morning" cover
"Rebellion (Lies)" cover
"When You Were Young" cover
"Because of Toledo" cover


  1. ^ "Benjamin Francis Leftwich reveals album inspirations", BBC, 30 June 2011, retrieved 2011-07-06
  2. ^
  3. ^ Buckle, Chris (2011) "Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm", The Skinny, 27 June 2011, retrieved 2011-07-06
  4. ^ Heathcote, Charlotte (2011) "ALBUM REVIEW - BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH: LAST SMOKE BEFORE THE SNOW STORM (DIRTY HIT)", Sunday Express, 3 July 2011, retrieved 2011-07-06
  5. ^ Sheffield, Hazel (2011) "Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm – review", The Guardian, 30 June 2011, retrieved 2011-07-06
  6. ^ Pollock, David (2011) "Album review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Last smoke before the snowstorm", The Scotsman, 5 July 2011, retrieved 2011-07-07
  7. ^ "Spotify Year In Music". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  8. ^ "CD review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich, After The Rain (Dirty Hit Records) ****". York Press. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  9. ^ Inc., Zillow,. "Zillow: Real Estate, Apartments, Mortgages & Home Values". Zillow. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Amazon Prime – Nursery". 28 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Benjamin Francis Leftwich". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Benjamin Francis Leftwich". Spotify. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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