About Frank Turner
Francis Edward "Frank" Turner is an English punk and folk singer-songwriter from Meonstoke, Hampshire. He began his career as the vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead, then embarked upon a primarily acoustic-based solo career following the band's split in 2005. In the studio and during live performances, Turner is accompanied by his backing band, The Sleeping Souls, which consists of Ben Lloyd , Tarrant Anderson , Matt Nasir and Nigel Powell .
To date, Turner has released eight solo albums, three rarities compilation albums, one split album and five EPs. Turner's eighth studio album, No Man's Land, was released on 16 August 2019.
Frank Turner was born in Bahrain where his father worked as an investment banker. Upon return to England, the family settled first in Winchester before moving to Meonstoke. Turner was educated at Summer Fields and subsequently on a scholarship at Eton College, where he studied alongside Prince William. He attended the London School of Economics where he read History. His father, Roger Cunliffe Turner, is the son of Sir Mark Turner , a merchant banker who was also the chairman of high street retailer BHS, and had himself also attended Eton before becoming a City investment banker. He had married Margaret, daughter of Sir Hereward Wake, 13th Baronet. His mother, Jane, the daughter of Richard Fox Cartwright , Bishop of Plymouth, is a primary school head teacher. On August 7, 2018, Turner became engaged to long-time girlfriend, actress Jessica Guise. They married on 30 August 2019.
The first record Turner owned was the album Killers by Iron Maiden. Metal was the first genre of music he fell in love with, and he remains a passionate fan. Turner's musical career began at school, with the short-lived alternative band Kneejerk. The band released three records and played several shows around the UK. The last record, their only full-length, was entitled The Half Life of Kissing and was released by Yorkshire DIY hardcore label Sakari Empire after the band had broken up.
In 2001, Turner joined London post-hardcore band Million Dead at the invitation of former Kneejerk drummer Ben Dawson. In 2005, after four years and two albums, the band announced that they were parting ways, as "irreconcilable differences within the band mean that it would be impossible to continue." Around that time Turner got a tape with Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska on it – later he claimed that "that was a really big moment for me hearing that record in terms of a turn around in my music career, from hardcore punk bands to what I’m doing now."
Turner's first solo shows took place prior to the break-up of Million Dead, with a set at the Smalltown America all-dayer at 93 Feet East in London. After the band's split, Turner felt that "it seemed like the logical thing to do to try my hand at playing these songs more publicly and more concertedly than before". Turner states that "when Million Dead finished, I wanted to stay on tour, but I didn’t want the hassle of putting a band together."
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