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Birmingham, England (2007 – present)

Benjamin Hudson McIldowie (born 1979 in Birmingham, England), better known simply as Mr Hudson, is a British singer and producer signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. Formerly known as Mr Hudson & The Library along with his backing band they released their debut album, A Tale of Two Cities, in 2007. His debut solo studio album, Straight No Chaser, was released in 2009 and featured guest appearances from Kanye and Kid Cudi. He also sings the hook on Jay-Z’s hit single Young Forever.

He has listed various influences, most notably Chet Baker, David Bowie, The Police, Andre 3000, Marvin Gaye, The Specials, Billie Holiday, Rosster, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzee Rascal. When he was with The Library they were known for their energetic live performances which include steelpan and a piano. They were nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 UK Festival Awards.
Mr. Hudson has worked with acts such as Kanye West, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz, Kid Cudi, Tinie Tempah and Jay-Z and toured with Calvin Harris. His vocal performances have been compared to those of Sting.[3] He is accompanied by Joy Joseph (vocals and steel drum), Rob Barron (electric keyboard), Raphael Mann (bass guitar) and Andrew “Wilkie” Wilkinson (electric drums).
One of his first appearances was on JUMPOFF producer battles in 2005. Mr Hudson first came to prominence after featuring on Later with Jools Holland on 8 December 2006. The band’s debut LP titled A Tale of Two Cities, was released in 2007 to strong reviews and received national airplay on Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 shows.

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