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 27)
Origin York, England
Genres Indie, Acoustic, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2006–present
Labels Dirty 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, set to release on 19 August 2016.

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. In 2015, Benjamin Francis Leftwich co-wrote "Grow" with British artist Frances which featured in the Amazon UK TV advert.[8]



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


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"


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