"Ben Harper" (born October 28, 1969) is an American musician of the 1990s and 2000s.
Harper began playing guitar as a child in his hometown of Claremont (in California's Inland Empire) - eventually specializing in the acoustic slide guitar (Weissenborn guitars). As a young man, he recorded an LP (''Pleasure and Pain'') with fellow folk guitarist Tom Freund. After this limited edition record, Harper got a record deal with Virgin Records, who released his debut album, ''Welcome to the Cruel World'' (1994).
In 1999 at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Harper met Jack Johnson, who was unknown at the time and had not recorded. Harper obtained a demo tape of 12 of Johnson's songs that he forwarded to his producer, J.P. Plunier, with whom Johnson recorded his first album. (http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Apr/21/en/FP604210305.html ref)
In October 2004, Harper participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to benefit Moveon.org and encourage people in the swing states to vote during the 2004 U.S. presidential election.