Ben Folds Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Jan 30, 2024 By Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason
Originally Published on Aug 22, 2022
Ben Folds was a famous solo artist and a pianist in the USA during the '90s
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About Ben Folds

Ben Folds is a prominent artist born on September 12, 1966, and his zodiac sign is Virgo.

His full name is Benjamin Scott Folds named by his parents. Folds father's name is Dean Folds, who was a carpenter, and his mother was a painter, and her name is Scotty.

Ben Folds was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has been interested in pursuing his music career since he was nine. His father brought home a piano through a barter trader as a customer of his could not pay for his father's work. During his childhood, Folds listened to the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John on AM radio, and he learned to play them on piano by ear.

Ben Folds often was a front man and a pianist for alternative rock music in the Ben Folds Five band. Ben Folds was also a solo artist, and he created his first solo album, 'Rockin, The Suburbs' in 2001, after the separation of the band. Folds created many solo albums as a renowned Music producer-songwriter. He is a well-known singer.

His album was known as 'Ben Folds Live', which was a collection of all Folds solo songs, and his biggest hit was 'Way To Normal,' which was released in 2008. He also worked with different musicians in the music industry like Regina Spektor, William Shatner, yMusic, and 'Weird Al' Yankovic. In 2011, Ben Folds Five Reunion and the band released their first studio album after the reunion. i.e., 'The Sound of the Life Of The Mind'.

Ben Folds Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Ben Folds' net worth?

Ben Folds has a net worth of $10 million achieved through his music career.

How much does Ben Folds earn per year?

Ben Folds makes $ 4,00,000 per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Ben Folds?

Ben Folds is 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) tall.

How old is Ben Folds?

Ben Folds is 55 years old in 2021.

Childhood And Education

Ben Folds pursued his schooling at Richard J. Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Along with the education there, he was also a part of several bands at school, and he played as a drummer, pianist, and bassist. After his schooling, Ben Folds achieved a percussion scholarship at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. However, he had to drop out later because he failed to impress the jury and ended up losing his scholarship.

Later, he worked on piano, learning its techniques for six months. In 1985, after leaving Miami, Ben Folds enrolled for the fall semester at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where he pursued his further education and his music along with it.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Ben Folds partner?

Folds married Emma Sandall, a former Royal Ballet dancer, sometime before July 2020. They have been together since at least 2016.

Ben had four ex-wives. He married his first wife, Anna Goodman, in 1987, whom he met at Reynolds High School in North Carolina. They divorced in 1992.

Folds married Kate Rosen for a brief period, i.e. 1996-1997. He married Frally Hynes (1999–2006), and later Fleur Stanbrook (2007–2011).

Ben Folds had twins with his third wife. i.e., Louis Francis and Gracie Scott and a stepdaughter Julia Grace Folds.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Ben Folds was best known for his work with the band Ben Folds Five formed in 1994. Their first album was released in 1995. The title for the album was 'Ben Folds Five' and in 1997, the band released their second album, 'Whatever And Ever Amen' this band created many albums related to genre-bending music. i.e. pop music and a few songs like 'Brick', 'Battle Of Who Could Care Less' from the album 'Whatever and Ever Amen', 'Underground', 'Kate' and 'Army' were famous in Australia and the United Kingdom. Folds also hosted appeared as a special guest in a few television shows like 'The Sing-Off' competition by NBC in 2009, and an episode of 'Space Ghost Coast To Coast', by Cartoon Network in 1996.

Folds launched a podcast titled 'ArtsVote 2020 With Ben Folds' in June 2019, a 30-minute conversation with the 2020 United States presidential election candidates on their thoughts on improving the art communities and art education. In 2017, Ben Folds composed original songs for the animated films named 'Over The Hedge' and 'Hoodwinked!'. Before the band Ben Folds Five was created, Folds played as a drummer in a few bands where he attracted major labels. The Ben Folds Five band created alternative rock music, which was different from the normal rock music in the '90s. 'The Sing-Off' show's third and fourth seasons during September 2011 and December 2013, starred Folds's first album song performances.

Charity Work

Ben Folds's charity work is unknown. However, the Indie rock favorite 2013 performed at Hill Auditorium, the University of Michigan, which Michigan Hillel sponsored, MUSIC Matters (Michigan Undergrads Serving In the Community). It is a student organization, and Phillip Schermer was its founder and president at the University of Michigan. This organization donates money to charity from the collections of a yearly concert. The money raised from the concert was used to endow the first-ever student-funded scholarships at the University of Michigan.

He has recently launched the Keys For Kids initiative in 2022, which aims to provide youth and teenagers with the opportunity to learn music for free.

What awards has Ben Folds won?

Ben Folds won the Gold Record Award in 2002 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for his work on 'Whatever And Ever Amen', the second album of the Ben Folds Five. In 2011, Ben was inducted into The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame a non-profit organization. On October 29, 2015, Folds was nominated for the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, an honorary brother of the men's music fraternity by the University of Miami. On August 21, 2018, The Music City Walk of Fame awarded a star to Folds in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ben Folds' Hobbies and Interests

Ben Folds is passionate about photography other than his interest as a songwriter, singer, and pianist in music. His hobbies and other interests in life are unknown.

Other Interesting Ben Folds Facts And Trivia

  • Ben Folds has a brother named Chuck Folds.
  • In 2020, Ben Folds married Emma Sandall, but the news about their divorce is still unknown.
  • During the '90s, Ben Folds was also a record producer.
  • Folds released his first solo album on September 11, 2001, the same day as the September attacks 2001.
  • Folds was a part of the other bands like The Bens, Fear of Pop, and 8in8.
  • Ben Folds's first wife also helped the singer in writing Ben Folds's five songs. i.e., 'Kate', 'Smoke', 'Lullabye', 'The Last Polka', and 'Alice Childress'. She was an inspiration and the oldest friend to Folds.
  • Folds was inspired and wrote two songs about his twins, 'We Still Fighting It' and 'Gracie'. Hynes was also a part of the singing journey with Folds as she sang 'Root To This' in the 1998 album 'Fear Of Pop, volume one'.
  • Frally Hynes was an Australian, and hence Folds moved to Australia for a while before getting divorced.
  • Folds was the first Artistic Advisor since May 2017 to the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
  • In 'We're The Millers' movie, Folds appeared in a cameo role as a piano teacher.
  • Folds isn't an Australian citizen, but due to the covid situations, he could not go back to the USA from Australia after his little trip. So he's residing in Australia with his children.

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Ben Folds Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Benjamin Folds

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Winston, Salem, North Carolina



175 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Child Star?



American Musician, Composer, Singer, Record Producer and Songwriter


Richard J. Reynolds High School

Net Worth



Emma Sandall


Dean Folds, Scotty


Chuck Folds

Annual Earnings

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Written by Adekunle Olanrewaju Jason

Bachelor of Science specializing in Mass Communication.

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