Singer-songwriter, musician and producer Ben Harper has shared the new single “Love After Love” from his upcoming new studio album WIDE OPEN LIGHT, which will be released on June 2, 2023 via Chrysalis Records. The new song comes with an acoustic music video.
‘Love After Love’ illustrates love as the ultimate renewable resource,” Ben shares. “Resurrected and restored like an ill-kept ancient Stradivarius Violin. Not only learning to love again but learning to trust again. Inventing a new language for two. A shorthand for the long haul.” The new single follows his recent track release “Yard Sale” which features long-time collaborator Jack Johnson.
WIDE OPEN LIGHT, the follow up to his GRAMMY-nominated record BLOODLINE MAINTENANCE, is a family of songs Ben has written where each track is a close relative to the next. It’s deliberately minimalist and the songs themselves do as much of the heavy lifting as the production.
WIDE OPEN LIGHT arrives fresh off the heels of his recent appearance in the AppleTV+ series ‘Extrapolations’, a fictional drama based in the near future when the effects of climate change have become embedded in society. The show includes an all-star cast featuring Meryl Streep, Kit Harington, Forest Whitaker, and many more.
Ben was a recent guest on The Jennifer Hudson Show where he talked about the new album. This month, Ben is also featured in Harper Bazaar as their Music Director for their May issue (read here). Ben has also recently been featured on CBS Mornings, ABC News, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly and Variety, to name a few.
Following the release of WIDE OPEN LIGHT, Harper will have an extensive European summer tour, then select dates with The Chicks, before a string of headlining dates on tour in the US this fall. Harper’s fall tour begins in Richmond, VA on September 29th, and will feature shows in Portland, ME, Buffalo, NY, Cincinnati, OH, MIlwaukee, WI and more, and will include performances at the Oceans Calling Music Festival and Sound on Sound Music & Arts Festival.
As a 3x-GRAMMY-winner, Harper has amassed international critical applause and a worldwide fan following for his own genre-traversing body of work while also producing acclaimed albums by Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Natalie Maines, Ziggy Marley, and others. An inveterate collaborator, Harper has also recorded with a diverse span of artists ranging from John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, to Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and, most recently, Harry Styles, to contribute his signature guitar work to the superstar’s chart-topping album, HARRY’S HOUSE. Harper joined Styles for an astounding 12 nights of performances at The Kia Forum in Los Angeles this past fall.