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 25)
Origin York, England
Genres Indie, Acoustic, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2006–present
Labels Dirty Hit
Website benjaminfrancisleftwich.com

Benjamin Francis Leftwich (born 4 September 1989) is an English singer-songwriter from York.

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]

Education[edit]

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] whilst The Sunday Times cited Leftwich as "a serious new talent".[citation needed] 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.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Title Album details Chart positions
UK
Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm
  • Released: 3 July 2011
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Format: CD, Digital download
  • Writer: Thomas Hay ('Sophie' & 'Shine')
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EPs[edit]

Album Title Album details
A Million Miles Out
Pictures
In the Open

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[8]
2011 "Box of Stones" 195 Last Smoke Before
the Snowstorm
"Atlas Hands"
2012 "Pictures"

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