Ben Harper Signs with WME: Exclusive
The singer-songwriter switches agencies just as he's resurrecting the Innocent Criminals
Ben Harper has signed a deal with William Morris Endeavor who will represent him in all areas, Billboard has learned.
On April 8 Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals will release Call It What It Is on Stax Records, that gropu's first studio album in nine years. A tour in support of the new recording kicks off April 2 in New York and will stretch throughout the year with stops at Denver's Red Rock Amphitheatre (June 28) and the Hollywood Bowl (August 19) before heading to Europe in September and closing out in Australia and New Zealand.
Harper, 46, has sold some 4.5 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music and released twelve studio albums and four live albums over his 30-year career. Twelve albums charted on the Billboard 200, including three in the top 10 (2009's White Lies For Dark Times, 2007's Lifeline and 2006's Both Sides Of The Gun). The singer-songwriter won Grammys for 2013's Get Up! and 2004's There Will Be Light which he recorded with the Blind Boys of Alabama. For his most recent release 2014's Childhood Home, Harper collaborated with his mother, Ellen.
Harper is managed by Red Light Management and the represented by the firm of Carroll, Guido & Groffman. Prior to signing with WME, Harper was represented by Partisan Arts.
The Innocent Criminals reunion includes percussionist Leon Moble, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates, and guitarist Michael Ward.