, Folds produced Amanda Palmer's first solo album and was a judge on the NBC a cappella singing contest The Sing-Off from 2009 to 2013. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, Folds played in several bands as the pianist, bassist, or drummer.
In the late 1980s, Folds (as a bassist) and longtime friend Millard Powers formed the band Majosha.
The group's first chart breakthrough came in the UK, when "Underground" made the lower reaches of the Top 40, peaking at no. Britain was the Five's strongest territory in terms of chart success, with five singles making the national Top 40 there – "Underground", "Battle of Who Could Care Less", "Kate", "Brick" and "Army" – although none managed to crack the UK Top 20.
"I spent maybe six months just running scales with a metronome like a freak," Folds said.After the group temporarily disbanded, Folds performed as a solo artist and has toured all over the world. He has also collaborated with musicians such as William Shatner, Regina Spektor and "Weird Al" Yankovic and undertaken experimental songwriting projects with authors such as Nick Hornby and Neil Gaiman.In addition to contributing music to the soundtracks of the animated films Over the Hedge, and Hoodwinked!He said, "The songs have been getting a great reaction, it makes me look forward to having a new album out there because it's been a while.This feels like a really free period in my life and I'm really enjoying it." The one-off gig was part of the My Space "Front to Back" series, in which artists play an entire album live.Benjamin Scott Folds (born September 12, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer.From 1995 to 2000, Folds was the frontman and pianist of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five.Folds has described this band as "punk rock for sissies", and his oddball lyrics often contain nuances of melancholy, self conflict, and humorous sarcasm, often punctuated by profanity.They gained a strong following in the United Kingdom and Australia early in their career, and like many other 'alternative' American acts this was largely thanks to consistent support from national broadcasters in those countries, the BBC in Britain and the ABC's Triple J youth radio network in Australia (and ABC-TV's music video show Rage).The band played its final album before their split, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner.The concert aired during October and can be viewed at