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 performing in 2007
Photo: Brian Marks
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.
The band made their American festival debut at South by Southwest in March 2008. 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".
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. 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.
- Jamie Hartman – vocals
- Kiris Houston – keyboards, guitars
- Malcolm Moore – bass
- Karl Brazil – drums
- Luke Potashnick – guitars
- Beta Male Fairytales (2 July 2007) (Chart: UK #14, ITA #100)
- Battling Giants (11 May 2009) (Chart: UK #56)
- Glow (25 April 2010) (UK )
Songwriting and production creditsEdit
|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||—|
|"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||—|
|"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
|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||—|
(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|
(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
|Backstreet Boys||DNA||Stephen Wrabel, Stuart Crichton||Stuart Crichton|
(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|
- [dead link] Ben's Brother Dentyne.
- 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.
- The Ivor Novello Awards – Nominees Archived 11 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Jamie Hartman [@jamiehartman] (13 February 2010). "The labels really let is down so now we are doing it without them" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Jamie Hartman interview getcloser.com