- Became interested in the piano at age 9, when his father brought one home as payment for a job.
- Although primarily known as a pianist, he also plays drums, guitar and bass.
- Played bass with the group Majosha, which won Duke University's Battle of the Bands in 1988.
- Attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami on a percussion scholarship.
- Worked as a session drummer in Nashville.
- Formed Ben Folds Five with Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee in 1994; they released their self-titled debut album the next year.
- Released his first solo album, Rockin' the Suburbs, in 2001.
- Produced William Shatner's 2007 album Has Been.
- Is on the board of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
- Gracie Scott Folds — Daughter
- Kate Rosen — Ex-wife
- Louis Francis Folds — Son
- Anna Goodman — Ex-wife
- Alicia Witt — Ex-significant Other
- Fleur Folds — Ex-wife
- Frally Hynes — Ex-wife
- Chuck Folds — Brother
- Attended University of Miami, Frost School of Music, Miami, Florida, United States
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