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Ben's Brother were a five-piece English band, headed by founder Jamie Hartman. The band was named after Jamie's big brother Ben, whose shadow he lived in as a teenager. Their album Beta Male Fairytales reached number 14 on the UK album charts and their single Let Me Out was nominated for an Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2007 - the other nominee was Love Is Losing Game, by Amy Winehouse.

Ben's Brother
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Ben's Brother performing in 2007
Photo: Brian Marks
Background information
OriginLondon, UK
Genres
Years active2006–present
Labels

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Music careerEdit

Their debut album, Beta Male Fairytales, was released on 6 August 2007, and went to number 3 on iTunes UK and achieved Gold status. Successes followed in Europe and North and South America.

A song from their album, "God By Another Name", became the first iTunes Store free single of the week to be made available in the iTunes Plus format. Beginning in September 2007, their song "Stuttering" was featured in a Dentyne Ice commercial in Canada and the U.S. This turned into a larger partnership where the band gave away free songs to fans and flew a fan to see them play in Texas, via a specially created website.[1]

The band made their American festival debut at South by Southwest in March 2008.[2] That same year, the band were nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Let Me Out".[3]

Dropped by EMI despite the Ivor Novello nomination and worldwide success of Beta Male Fairytales, the band formed their own label and recorded their second studio album in Autumn 2008. The first single from the album, "Apologise", was released in early 2009 and was co-written with Natalie Imbruglia (who recorded a version for her forthcoming album). The band was then signed to Island Records for the forthcoming singles from the album Battling Giants, which contains a duet with Anastacia, "Stalemate", and other vocal collaborations including Jason Mraz on the title track and Jack MacManus, Cass Lowe and Pete Gordeno doing group harmonies on the other tracks.

On 15 February 2010, Hartman announced via his Twitter page that the band would continue to release music without the support of the label Island Records.[4] On 23 October, Hartman announced via his Facebook page that a third album would be released in late February 2012, under the name of Jamie Hartman as opposed to Ben's Brother, although the band would remain in the same set-up.

Band founder Hartman is the co-writer of the European wide hit-single "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man.

Band membersEdit

  • Jamie Hartman – vocals
  • Kiris Houston – keyboards, guitars
  • Malcolm Moore – bass
  • Karl Brazil – drums
  • Luke Potashnick – guitars

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Beta Male Fairytales (2 July 2007) (Chart: UK #14, ITA #100)
  • Battling Giants (11 May 2009) (Chart: UK #56)

EPsEdit

  • Glow (25 April 2010) (UK )

SinglesEdit

  • 2007: "Let Me Out" (Chart: UK #38, ITA #8)
  • 2007: "Carry On"
  • 2008: "Stuttering (Kiss Me Again)" (Chart: UK #41)
  • 2009: "Apologise"
  • 2009: "Q & A"
  • 2009: "Stalemate" (featuring Anastacia)
  • 2009: "Shine/Reacender" (featuring Roupa Nova)
  • 2010: "What If I?" (Chart: UK #153)

Songwriting and production creditsEdit

Jamie HartmanEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"I'm Ready" 2004 Cherie Cherie Co-writer Sasha Skarbeck, Kara DioGuardi, Luke Burton, Mick Jones
"All Time Love" 2005 Will Young Keep On
"Mon Ange" Nolwenn Leroy Histoires Naturelles Andreas Karlegard, Martin Karlegard
"Golden" 2010 The Wanted The Wanted Co-writer/Producer Maximillian George, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Thomas Parker, James McGuinness
"Love is War" Joe McElderry Wide Awake Co-writer Tina Harris-Pampouneau, Alexander Reid
"Feel" 2011 Dotan Dream Parade Dotan Harpenau
"Time" 2012 Lena Stardust Ian Mack
"Army of Me" Christina Aguilera Lotus Co-writer/Producer Christina Aguilera, David Glass, Philip Bentley Tracklacers
"Move Together" 2013 James Bay Chaos and the Calm Co-writer James Bay
"Lifeline" 2014 Anastacia Resurrection Co-writer/Producer Philip Bentley, Shelly Peiken
"Pendulum" Anastacia Newkirk
"Stay" Anastacia Newkirk, Charlie Midnight
"Apology" Anastacia Newkirk, John Fields
"Other Side of Crazy" Anastacia Newkirk, Andy Stochansky
"Forever" Andy Grammar Magazines or Novels Co-writer Andrew Grammar
"When the Beat Drops
Out
"
Marlon Roudette Electric Soul Marlon McVey-Roudette
"Your Only Love" Marlon McVey-Roudette
"Flicker" Marlon McVey-Roudette, Andy Stochansky
"Start Again" 2015 Conrad Sewell All I Know EP Co-writer/Producer Conrad Sewell
"Dark Stars" Marina Kaye Fearless Marina Kaye
"Your Body"
(featuring Giorgio Moroder)
Kylie Minogue Kylie + Garibay EP Co-writer Kylie Minogue, Whitney Phillips, Fernando Garibay, Maxwell McElligott
"Who You Lovin'" Conrad Sewell All I Know EP Co-writer/Producer Jacob Kasher Hindlin, Sean Douglas
"Remind Me" Conrad Sewell, David Gibson
"Sattelit" Ison & Fille Resume Co-writer Victor Lindvall
"3AM" Mads Langer Reckless Twin Co-writer/Producer Mads Langer Mads Langer
"I'm Giving In" 2016 Matt Andersen Honest Man Co-writer Matthew Andersen, Andy Stochansky
"Tunnel Vision" Mads Langer Reckless Twin Mads Langer, Tobias Kuhn, Kelvin Jones
"Shadow" Birdy Beautiful Lies Jasmine van den Bogaerde
"Healed" Rag'n'Bone Man Human Rory Graham, Oliver Rodigam, Joni Mitchell
"Black Car" Miriam Bryant Bye Bye Blue EP Miriam Bryant, Victor Radstrom
"Lion" Kacy Hill Like a Woman Kacy Hill
"Human" Rag'n'Bone Man Human Rory Graham
"Can't Steal the Music" 2017 Aura Dione Can't Steal the Music Maria Joensen
"Remember Me" Jennifer Hudson TBA Co-writer/Producer Jennifer Hudson, Konstantin Scherer, Vincent Stein
"Passport Home" JP Cooper Raised Under Grey Skies John Paul Cooper David Pramik
"Svart Bil" Miriam Bryant Bye Bye Blue EP Co-writer Miriam Bryant, Victor Radstrom
"I Believe in Us" LEON Surround Me EP Co-writer/Producer Lotta "LEON" Lindgren, Nolan Lambroza Sir Nolan
"Stargazing"
(featuring Justin Jesso)
Kygo Stargazing EP Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll, Stuart Crichton, Justin Jesso Kygo, Stuart Crichton
"Power to the Peaceful" Paloma Faith The Architect Paloma Faith
"Burden Down" Jennifer Hudson TBA Jennifer Hudson, Lindy Robbins
"The City" 2018 Sam Fischer Not a Hobby EP Samuel Fischer, Lindy Robbins
"I Don't Want to Know" Sigrid Raw EP Sigrid Raabe Stuart Crichton
"Don't Go Breaking My
Heart"
Backstreet Boys DNA Stephen Wrabel, Stuart Crichton Stuart Crichton
"Giant"
(with Rag'n'Bone Man)
2019 Calvin Harris TBA Co-writer/Vocal producer Adam Wiles, Rory Graham, Troy Miller Calvin Harris, Troy Miller, Mark Crew, Dan Priddy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [dead link] Ben's Brother Dentyne.
  2. ^ Erin Chandler, Schedule For The Levi's/FADER Fort In Austin Announced Archived 13 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine, The Tripwire, 10 March 2008.
  3. ^ The Ivor Novello Awards – Nominees Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Jamie Hartman [@jamiehartman] (13 February 2010). "The labels really let is down so now we are doing it without them" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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